How I Use It
I used this as a morning bellringer activity. The students came in staggered in a 20 minute window. Sumdog was engaging and involved cooperation while at the same time motivating the students and energizing them for the day. They loved challenging and playing against each other as well as other students from around the world. Their play time often lead to teachable moments with geography lessons and internet searches to find where schools were located that they were playing against. The use of avatars was GREAT!! While doing a study on Robin Hood many students were so enthusiastic when they were able to make their avatar resemble Robin Hood.
It does seem "game heavy" at times but it did increase motivation and enthusiasm at the beginning of the day. Some of my students that were much weaker in basic addition and subtraction facts first had to go to a "fact practice" site and reach a goal of 50 completed before going to Sumdog. This really helped increase their rate with facts because of the desire to "play" and "challenge" others on Sumdog.