How I Use It
I have used the product for my special needs Math I, II, and III classrooms. I project the website onto the SmartBoard for additional practice of current math studies. Together as a class, we have completed Basic Arithmetic topics of Subtraction, Division, Exponents, Rational Exponents, Order of Operations: Addition and Multiplication, Order of Operations: Exponents, Order of Operations: Parentheses, Representation on the Real Number Line, Word Problems. We will be looking at Fractions Review in the near future; also, I intend to introduce it as another method of teaching our Geometry Unit in my collaborative Math II classes.
The students enjoy a change of pace from lecture and notes gleaned from whiteboard/direct instruction and worksheet practice.
My overall opinion regarding this project as a teaching tool is that it, in the correct hands, could be a very beneficial teaching and learning tool. The free version is good enough for most unless you run into a problem that becomes difficult to solve. The solutions and solving process are only available via Brilliant Squared (a subscription plan of $4/month billed annually). It is a good tool when the students have practiced a topic via worksheets and just need some additional review prior to an assessment. In fact, the website would possibly make a good assessment vehicle: the kids could copy a problem onto their own paper, or take a picture of it with their phone, work out the solution in small groups or independently, then submit their agreed-upon solution to the site.
Also, I have used the site when creating short teaching videos of specific skill sets via the SmartBoard with iMovie on the iPad.