How I Use It
I have worked with teachers to use this as a practice tool toward the end of the year, and I have worked with teachers who have used this app to meet the needs of their advanced learners. The problem we have found with this app is that the path is already determined for the student. I was recently notified that there was an update which may address this issue though. For struggling readers, there is an option to have the question read aloud. There are "groups" that a teacher can put students in, but it is unclear if a teacher can then assign a specific activity. The update may also allow for assigning a specific activity.
This is an app that differentiates each students' math experience. The teacher creates an account and receives a student code. The students then log in with the code and supply their own name. The student is forced to take a pretest upon logging in for the first time. The test adjusts to the student's performance as they move through the test so the questions get easier if the student is struggling and harder if they continue to solve the problems correctly. The app then starts the student at a specific Common Core standard and allows them to practice while providing manipulatives and "scratch paper". I really like Front Row as an app to provide independent practice for students. I have also compared the content with the SBAC test that some states will be giving in the spring. The questions are definitely based on Common Core material, but the questions are either fill in the answer via a number pad, or multiple choice. It does not include questions which have to be manipulated or those which have multiple answers.
I would suggest using this for independent learning time. Front Row keeps track of a students progress so you can monitor where each student is. When students complete work in Front Row, they receive coins. The coins are reset each day. The purpose of the coins is unclear. There is also a place where a student can turn pages to provide more work space, but there is nothing to indicate this is an option. If a student touches too close to the edge of the screen, the page will turn and it is difficult to get it to turn back to the question. There is a very recent update to Front Row. The Front Row creators have announced major changes in the app. I found that there is now an FAQ button at the top of the screen that is very useful for teachers to look at to learn about the details of the program.