How I Use It
Prodigy is great as a math center or for homework or quizzes. I use math centers, and students are allowed to get on Prodigy once they finish their problem set for me. Teachers can just set up accounts for students and it will give them things to work on, but I find it most useful when I go in and use the planner tool. Teachers can block out on a calendar when they will be working on what standards, so that students' work on Prodigy aligns with what they are learning in class. Teachers can assign assignments to students. Sometimes I use it as a little quiz grade, but it's great. You can see the questions and their answers. You can assign assignments just to certain students if needed. You can pick what types of questions go on the assignment. And you can see quick class data and see what questions are problem areas for students. It's all very easy to use.
My classroom is 1:1, and I teach 1st grade. Last year, any time we used our math program in class; it was a battle. Students couldn't log on; then they weren't engaged and working once they did log on. Something they were supposed to be working on independently seemed to require a lot of help and supervision. I thought maybe laptops are just too hard for 1st graders. I WAS SO WRONG. This year, I started using Prodigy. My students are very quick to login to their devices and get working on Prodigy. They want to work on their laptops all the time - even during recess, haha! I am a huge fan of Prodigy. It keeps students engaged; I think they especially love the social component of being able to battle each other. They are also very motivated to get answers right, so even though the game doesn't actually teach the concepts to kids, when they get things wrong, they pay attention to the immediate feedback because they want to figure it out and get it right next time. I also really appreciate the data it gives to teachers, the way it lets me align what they work on in class and what they work on on Prodigy, and the variety of questions it gives students for each standard. One wish I do have is that they add on some kindergarten content. Prodigy allows teachers to assign standards from different grade levels - above or below the student's actual grade. Teaching 1st grade, I wish I could assign kindergarten standards to those who are struggling.