How I Use It
After creating the teacher account and individual student accounts, the teacher can provide targeted skill areas for the student to practice. Students can also move around and practice skills of their choice.
IXL has 35 reports, covering usage statistics, standards, progress, trouble spots and more. These are useful for making the most of the program. A quick look at the home screen for a skill area shows progress with a colored visual bar chart. Clicking on the icon brings up the report screen.
The exercises are useful for previewing prior to a new topic, practice during the learning and also for enrichment to extend learning for some students.
The IXL 3rd grade Estimation & Rounding (L.1-L.7) activities provide a nice range of practice for the skills of rounding, rounding money amounts, rounding puzzles, solving inequalities using estimation, estimating sums, estimating products and estimating quotients.
The exercises are drill and practice activities. Students can keep track of their progress and time to complete questions within each skill. IXL generates a SmartScore based on an algorithm that gives students a measure of mastery level for that skill. The more correct responses done quickly increases the SmartScore.
The drill and practice nature of the exercises may become monotonous for students and that is where the awards area is nice. The awards area has squares with different challenges hidden underneath. When students meet the challenge, they reveal a virtual prize.