Review by Amy Cox, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2014

Assistments

Help all students succeed with instant assignment feedback and support

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
N/A
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
2-12
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Pros: Free, well-designed program gives students immediate support and compiles the data to help you improve your teaching.

Cons: Creating content and editing included materials requires much time and energy; end product depends on teacher time investment.

Bottom Line: Although limited in certified content, it's a solid tool for gathering critical data to support students’ academic growth.

Initially, teachers must put time into searching through the provided content in order to assign relevant work. If a teacher's content area is not available through the pre-created content, teachers can create their own. Once this preparation is done, it's a straightforward program to implement. When students complete the assignments, teachers will have access to a report that shows who answered correctly, if hints were used, when the work was completed, and how long it took each student to answer each question. Furthermore, Assistments will break down the data by question and show the trends of incorrect answers. With this information, teachers can go over specific questions in class to drive home a concept or skill.  

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Assistments is a tool for assigning work that supports greater student learning through the use of immediate feedback. At its core, the site is an online form of homework with the added perk of help embedded in each question. Teachers create sections of classes in which their students enroll, and then assign work to a specific section. Once this happens, students will be able to access the assignment and complete it at their own pace, taking breaks if needed.

Assistments provides content for many subjects, but its focus is on math. There are certified math assignments and skill builders for students grades 2-12. Teachers can create their own content through the builder page or use content created by others in the site's public shared folder.

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Assistments makes it easier for teachers to support their students and help them reach their potential. The program is fairly engaging and encourages students to work hard through scaffolding and hints that are available for each question. Although the students have limited choices about the type of work they complete, the program is adaptable and responsive. The assignments and skill-builder programs assess student understanding and reinforce foundational knowledge. When students struggle with a concept, they don't have to search through a textbook to find help; instead, they click the hint button. Both students and teachers have access to reports from the assignments so that learning can be adjusted as needed. The program relies on text to communicate and help students through problems, which might be difficult for ELLs. That being said, teachers can edit the content and include more visual and audio resources. Overall, this is a nice tool for assigning and assessing homework, but its success depends on the teacher's hard work in advance.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Students complete assignments and receive instant feedback. Students might not be more engaged using this program instead of textbooks (because both rely mainly on text), but the support caters to students’ individual progress.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Students can receive some feedback as they complete assignments, but their experience largely depends on what their teachers assign. More flexible options for exploration would help kids own their learning and solidify their understanding.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Students receive help while completing their assignments and can access their results immediately. The content is text-based, but can be edited to include more images and videos that will make learning more accessible.


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Amy Cox Classroom teacher

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Mike T. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Raymond E. Shaw Elementary School
Millbury, MA
Data becomes addicting

This program has fundamentally changed the way I teach math. The struggle I have is when students have no internet access. I make print out copies of the assignment which they can then enter the following morning in school, but it is not ideal. I don't have a better way around that. My kids don't like the extra work it takes to write it out and then enter, but they do like to see whether they get it or not and they appreciate not having to spend the first 10 or so minutes everyday reviewing the homework as I can target the points that they struggled with before they walk through the front door.

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