Teacher Review for Prodigy

Most Engaging & Useful Classroom App - FREE

Debra A.
Classroom teacher
Glebe Street Elementary School
Johnstown, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have taught both second and third grade. Over the last several years, my students have used Prodigy - last year more than ever. So, this year I specifically set out to get the most out of this free app. I used the teacher planner tool which is found on the dashboard. With the planner tool I am able to "push out" to specific students or the whole class which skills I want them to practice (all aligned to our standards). This is an excellent way to get in some additional practice for the kids and they begged to play each day. I have yet to have a child get bored of Prodigy!
My Take
Sometimes I will project Prodigy on the whiteboard and we will work through some problems as a class. Since in the kids' minds it is all just a game, it takes no work to engage them in the material. I also use Prodigy as an incentive in the classroom for various things. For example, if a student completes with accuracy our district required minutes on another online math instructional program for that day; then, she/he may play Prodigy (which I have set via the planner tool to a specific set of skills).