How I Use It
I like how the variety of games allow for practice with a wide range of math skills-practice with basic operations, order of operations, prime factorization, angles, algebra, estimation, ordering fractions and decimals, and more. I could see myself using this website after I teach a new math skill or concept, in order to allow the students to have fun opportunities for practicing that new skill through one of the games. Perhaps there could be a math games period once a week or these games could be used as a center, in which students are assigned the same game at different levels of difficulty. Students could always be encouraged to play the games at home for reinforcement too. I like that some of the games are multiplayer and that students in the same class, and even from other schools, can play each other. Many of the students would love to play against their classmates and that would raise the level of engagement and the student's interest in playing more often.
Overall, I liked many of the games. All of the games have different styles and many are sophisticated enough, with bonus items and actions during gameplay, that they allow students to stretch their knowledge and use strategy to improve their gameplay and performance. All of the games give written steps for how to play, but I would have loved to see visual examples of how the game is played too, because sometimes the sophistication of the game could be a bit confusing for students to figure out all aspects of game play. One positive thing is that there is a section that gives tips for how scores can be improved, that addresses both the math skills and the strategies of gameplay. Again, I just wish that these tips could be made into visual examples, to strengthen their ability to support students.
I also really liked that although the games start off at an easy level, they progress to higher levels of difficulties (by incorporating negative numbers, different operations, etc.), which means that students have growing room within each game and that the same game can be played by students at different levels of proficiency.
I like the website and think it's worth it to spend the time to create the student accounts. I'm not sure about the value of upgrading beyond the basic package, but I guess it depends on how you plan to use it in your classroom over the course of the school year.