Review by Carrie Garges, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2019

Get More Math

Adaptive program employs mixed review for improved skill retention

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4–11
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Pros: Vast skill list and mixed review helps make "I forgot" a thing of the past.

Cons: Games are basic; without explanations, kids must depend on teachers to relearn forgotten material.

Bottom Line: Since there's little help offered, it's best used for in-class practice to see how much students remember.

Get More Math's message tool is a terrific vehicle to praise students for their hard work by sending messages of encouragement, or even to reward students with extra game credits to promote perseverance. The flexibility to assign point values and set daily goals is great. If teachers can assign low points to skills and create a short practice set, it can be used as a warm-up or pretest. Assign point values a bit higher in a practice set to encourage in-class practice or use fewer questions with even greater points as a ticket out to quickly see who has mastered the day's lesson. As there isn't a hint or help feature, students should be assigned work only after the lesson has been taught; teachers should be cautious about assigning a practice set or mixed review as homework.

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Get More Math is an adaptive practice program that attempts to keeps skills fresh. Teachers can view and assign work from a comprehensive skills library covering grades four through algebra and geometry. In the Assigned Work mode, students are challenged to answer multiple-choice and constructed-response questions while they work toward the daily goal and earn points. Students can use the "raise your hand" function, and, once notified on the dashboard, a teacher can invite a student to join for help -- or send off a message that gives a student a little nudge.   

Students continue to earn points after the teacher has clicked the class over into Mixed Review mode. Students must prove they've retained previously taught content to earn their points for game credits. Teachers can also view the time since the last correct answer was given -- as well as the current question for each student -- and easily decide when to intervene.

Get More Math's winning feature is the Mixed Review section. Students won't be able to forget material if regularly assigned in Mixed Review to practice current topics as well as review old skills. But be warned: If students haven't yet mastered a topic, this activity shouldn't be used as-is without a teacher present to help reteach and intervene when students get stuck. 

Get More Math covers a wide variety of skills and offers several different question types, so teachers don't have to search out multiple resources for mainstream kids. The game credits are a good carrot, and the games provide healthy brain breaks, but because they're fairly basic, the games won't necessarily drive student engagement. Accessibility items for kids with language or vision needs aren't present.

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

Kids immediately see progress toward the daily goal, and points quickly translate to game credits. The games are basic, however, and play is limited, so students may not find this reward as satisfying after a time.

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

A healthy library of questions and the mixed review section don't allow skills to rust. Well-written problems are excellent for test prep, but without explanations, students are left on their own to improve 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?

Site navigation is easy and intuitive, though there are few accessibility features available for students with special needs. Without explanations or the ability to view correct answers, students must seek help outside the program.


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