How I Use It
I use it primarily as a remediation tool for those students who are not at grade level. I love the adaptation aspect of it and that it gives them support lessons when they don't have the understanding before hand. I also like the guided practice and the access to a coach. I am still trying to find a way to have all of the students legitimately try the lessons instead of just clicking through, like many of them do.
I haven't used it as a teaching tool, but as a remediation/enforcement tool. Since the lessons given are adjusted based on students' performance on benchmarks and/or lessons failed, it adjusts to their needs and teachers them lessons they may not have learned previously. However, one thing that is difficult is the phrasing sometimes. I know I've worked through the same lessons the students do, and a few of them have given me significant difficulties because of the way the information is presented. Keep in mind, this is maybe 3-4 out of the 30 I've done, and overall, I really like the way they break apart problems and explain them. One thing that has proved a little tricky is getting the less motivated students to take the lessons seriously. They rarely want to read the explanations and will just breeze through an entire lesson and do not take advantage of the many tools provided. I bring that up for new teachers wanting to implement it because that has been a stumbling block for me. My students have told me at the beginning of the year that they hated them, and it's because they took them a while, but by the end of the year, they almost always tell me it was really helpful and it built a lot of their back knowledge and they were grateful for it, even though they didn't want to do it originally. Overall, a very good and useful tool for students. Tracking data is also very easy, and teacher interface and usage is a breeze.