Teacher Review For IXL

A nice attempt at gamifying math drill

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
In my classroom, IXL is a supplement and an extension for students. I use the site in after-school tutoring for students who need to review previously taught skills, or just get more practice with what we've done in class. My accelerated students like being able to work on skills at higher grade levels, and see where the concepts we learn in class are going in higher courses. Our next step will be to use IXL as an alternative to paper homework!
My Take
IXL is a very comprehensive site for math drill. Organized by grade level and broken down by individual skills, students can earn rewards as they master skills in their grade-level curriculum. While it is outstanding for practice, there is little to help students if they are struggling on a task. I've also found that my students tire quickly of the ribbons and icons they earn while practicing - it is highly engaging at the outset, but the novelty wears off quickly.