How I Use It
I use this in my program in two ways. The first is a homework task. You can set a challenge or a competition. A challenge is based on a set number to work towards. I normally set a totally of 1000 to do in a week and with this task is it great because you can set which questions come up. For example if fractions is the focus of the week then you can set only those tasks. For me I use this so I know students are meeting deadline and commitments in the class. A competition is more competitive in that it is whoever answers the most is the champion. This causes great excitement in the class because it shows a leader board and students are always aiming to be first. To counter for those that are not driven by being first I still set a requirement of 250 answers to complete. The second way I use it in my class is when we are all in the computer suite for the afternoon. If we all log on as a class we can all verse each other. The students burst with excitement playing people in their class and I always get involved too. I have done tournaments in my class and made it an elimination process so there is a final 4. They compete and we get an eventual winner. I did find that my boys are engaged by it more, but girls enjoy it too. There is one way in which I let students use it if all work is completed, so it is a free time tool.
This is a great teaching tool. It is based more in the homework field but some in class challenges can be made. I like the games on it. There are a wide variety of games which are engaging and quite entertaining. The only aspect of this website is that it quick basic fact practice and not really solid learning of concepts. The students would have to know their basic facts in order to enjoy it. It has just started to use writing and reading as part of their program, but yet again it is not teacher driven more student driven. To make this program better they could add teacher lessons to do in class to teach specific topics. This would make it a well rounded program so that is was teacher and student driven.