How I Use It
I have used Redbird the last two years. My classes are multi-grade, so I only do direct teach in small group. Redbird is an excellent center for students who are not working directly with me. The best part is that the program is adaptive, so students get extra practice when they need it, but can continue quickly through the concepts they have mastered. This year I had 2 first graders who progressed up to 4th grade math, a 3rd grader working on 7th grade level, and then also some who were working on grade level or one above. It is totally individualized.
The product is excellent. They have impressive customer support, and tracking student progress on individual concepts is easy. Last year the customer support was not as good, but my principal let them know and they made changes very quickly. This year it has been amazing. The one snafu we encountered was that students figured out a way to skip questions. However, when I didn't catch it, the Redbird staff did. They emailed me to let me know it was happening and which of my 48 students were doing this. The parents of my students really like it, too, because students can log on at home and in the summer to continue working on their goals. The product also has improved greatly over last year by totally updating their layout and replacing what had been dry, straightforward, teaching videos with engaging, animated videos . I can't say enough good things about it. I recommend that teachers have some sort of tracking system - digital document or folder - for students to track their own progress on concepts. This is what I will be adding next year.