How I Use It
We use this program through the Texas Success initiative. The students are able to utilize the software in their classrooms, in the computer lab, or at home through online web access. Students are able to learn at their own pace and teachers can set the various pathways to target all skills on a particular grade level or custom build the learning to the learner for differentiated learning opportunities. The program has built in tutorial segments, although some students will "click through" the tutorials and continue to respond despite prompts by tutorial messages or offers of live support.
I think that the best parts of this program are the higher order thinking skills that it offers and the live tutorials offered. My students would often skip the avatar tutorial walk through options and continue to choose answers, but they would accept live tutorial help from an instructor. Also students love to dress up their own avatar character as well as choose to spend their earned funds on classroom rewards and donor projects.
We have seen great success with this software as it provides skill AND drill in a fun and interactive format.