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Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!
One program that is doing an unbelievable job of gamifying math is Prodigy Math Game. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates 1st to 7th grade math into a fantasy style game that students absolutely love playing. Prodigyâ€™s math content is completely curriculum-aligned and covers standards from the Common Core, MAFs, and TEKS curricula depending on your location. Prodigy takes game-based learning a step further and provides teachers with a powerful set of reporting and assessment tools that allow them to easily identify trouble spots, differentiate instruction, and better manage classroom time.
Over 1,500,000 students and 50,000 teachers use Prodigy for free math practice and itâ€™s easy to see why. Hereâ€™s what teachers we spoke to had to say about the program:
â€œThe Prodigy program has been an invaluable tool to my students and me. My students are motivated to practice their math skills in a fun and interactive way both at school and at home. The greatest benefit for my students is that they are able to work on skills currently being taught in class and Prodigy automatically adapts based on their performance. The progress reports highlight individual strengths and needs. This helps with my planning and differentiation for my students.â€œ Ivan Dublin, SERT Brimwood Blvd. Jr. P.S.
â€œWhat I really love about the Prodigy program is the feedback that I get in terms
of what the students know and where they need to improve. I also love the fact that I can see what questions were difficult and how the students answered them. I believe that students have improved their confidence in all areas of the math program. They are so excited to play and learn!â€ Sue McCulloch, Grade 3/4 Northport Elementary School
Prodigy is extremely effective at engaging students using an adaptive technology to cater to each individual. Prodigyâ€™s personalized approach quickly identifies gaps in studentsâ€™ understanding and works with them by pulling them back to prerequisite skills and then scaffolding them forward through more difficult concepts. Prodigy has also built out tools like virtual manipulatives, which teachers can use to walk students through solving certain problems. Prodigy also has a fantastic assessment feature, which allows teachers to customize content and align the game with what they are teaching in class. Assignment questions are integrated right into the game so students have no idea they are working on an â€œassignmentâ€! The program is very user friendly and makes teaching math easier and more enjoyable.
You can Sign-up your class for free in less than 2 minutes, and see why teaching math will never be the same!
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