JumpStart Academy Math is best if integrated regularly into students’ math curriculum. Younger students especially will need assistance as they begin using the games, but once kids get the hang of it they can work more independently with the program. Some students may not be interested in their avatar; those students may be motivated by competition. If they finish their independent lessons then they can participate in real time team based games online. Students form 2 or more teams within their class to compete against each other.Continue reading Show less
JumpStart Academy Math (formerly Sokikom) is a website and Chrome app that offers individualized math programs for the classroom. Students begin by taking a diagnostic assessment; the results are used to determine their skill level and allow the program to create a unique set of lessons for each kid. The lessons are interactive, with online manipulatives. Themes include pirates, sharks, and more fun characters that make lessons very game-like and fun for kids. Kids choose an avatar, and they're rewarded by fun personalization options: as they play games they can earn points, letting them individualize their avatar accessory by accessory.
JumpStart Academy's greatest strength is its adaptability. All students will be working at their own pace, and each lesson moves along based on their responses. If a student finishes the lesson without earning 80% competency, they're given a one-minute help video. After watching it, kids get a chance to retry the lesson. The program is too diagnostic for a kid to slip by without understanding a concept -- that's really helpful.
The games are pedagogically sound. They build on each other: as kids gain one skill, they'll use it to master the next. One quibble: lots of games rely on a digital version of math tiles. Unfortunately, the tiles are very small, making it difficult to count them. As a result, a student who actually understands a concept may get it wrong just because they can't see the tiles properly. This means that some games will not be an option for kids with even minor visual challenges.