Review by Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2017

Woot Math

Woot! Woot! Truly adaptive lessons support concept building

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Critical Thinking

Subjects
  • Math
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
3-7
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Pros: Concept-based, adaptive math tutorials and practice can be used for meaningful, differentiated instruction.

Cons: Math concepts are limited to fractions, ratios, and decimals, and kids may miss constructive feedback.

Bottom Line: A top choice for stand-alone instruction or remediation on fractions, ratios, and decimals.

Use Woot as a stand-alone fraction-based curriculum in upper elementary or middle school math class. Introduce kids to the site in mere minutes, but be sure to build in time for changing initial passwords. Then, simply match kids to devices with headphones and Woot away! You can use these work sessions (10-30 minutes) as an opportunity to (yes!) address this or other content with rotating small groups. Try to provide a flexible ending time to class Wooting, since midlesson progress isn't saved. Woot is great as a standing homework assignment: Set an expectation for 1-2 lessons a night during parts of the year where that fits your curriculum best. 

After a few Woot sessions, use your dashboard to monitor progress, especially to identify students that need the pace tweaked (faster or slower). Be ready to intervene with advanced kids (especially in middle school). Use Woot Math Polls to formally assess learning with exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments. Although the site’s adaptive features are great, kids who struggle may become understandably weary of all the lessons. Sympathetic words of patience may help.

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Woot Math is an adaptive online curriculum that focuses on fractions, ratios, and decimals. It includes narrated tutorials and targeted practice. Teachers set up student accounts (with student names, usernames, and passwords) and students log in using this info and a teacher code. Woot Math Polls is part of Woot Math and is a standards-aligned tool that can be used to create warm-ups, exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments. 

Students access a progression of adaptive lessons through units organized by topic and presented as notebooks, and they view their progress through units. Student home pages show 12 lessons (which look like sticky notes) per screen: Completed ones are shaded, future ones have locks. Each lesson begins with a short (1-2 minutes) narrated example, followed by a series of practice questions, sometimes with further tutorials and more questions. At the end of the lesson (each of which are about 10 questions long), a student earns 1-3 stars depending on quantity correct, and the next lesson is unlocked (it’s now gray, with a “new” sash). The site’s adaptiveness makes it so that the “next” lesson may or may not be sequentially next -- sometimes it's a review of content that needs some extra attention, and sometimes it skips ahead to a more complex concept. At any time, previous lessons may be redone; new problems are provided, and the adaptive feature still works. Students can also earn pens, badges, and trophies. 

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Woot Math teaches kids about fractions, ratios, and decimals using single-problem tutorials followed by practice questions. The adaptive aspect means that kids entering correct answers may end a lesson with a challenge, while those with many errors will view another tutorial and do more practice. Struggling students don’t float through an endless lesson, though; the next lesson simply works to remediate.

Kids may not really be aware of what they’re doing “wrong” because the program does not call out specific mistakes or provide constructive feedback. Instead, it offers a brief "reminder" video and other lessons to fill holes. Advanced kids will really wish for a pretest option; even at faster pacing, correct answers lead on to an unknown end.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Short snippets of instruction and targeted practice keep tedium at bay. The Woot! star explosion (for right answers), and the reward pens, badges, and trophies are great incentives. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Woot presents fractions and decimals at their conceptual level; kids use fractions, pie pieces, number lines, and more. It seems to adapt remarkably, but clear mistake-related feedback is missing.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Intuitive design and clear narration (English/Spanish) make independent interfacing easy. A FAQ section, professional development kit, and user guide provide support. Help via mail and phone are also available.    


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Laura W. , Other
Other
ISD 279, Osseo Area Schools
Maple Grove, MN
Great tool to build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding

Woot Math supported conceptual understanding of rational numbers. It pushed each students' thinking for deep understanding. I love how it monitors based on student progress, adding a bonus question or giving more practice. My students found it fun, the mini lessons helping their learning. With other programs, I had to continuously encourage kids to get strayed. With Woot Math, they were self-directed and started on their own.

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