Do You Teach A Prodigy?

Nah... me, neither, but just this week I've started using it in my classroom!! Prodigy is an online math game for grades 1-6, and the best part.... it is FREE! (Actually, for me the best part is that it is linked to the Ontario curriculum!! It is linked to Common Core as well, but that's not meaningful for this teacher!)

Prodigy believes in equal access for all, so their product is free FOREVER! (This makes me happier still!!) The game is in the style of that other video game that the students love to play... the one with wizards and duels and powering up and all those other kid-things I don't understand, so my kiddos LOVED it!!

The classroom set-up is extremely easy:
They begin by creating their own personal wizard avatar:
They are then sent into a magical fantasy world and asked to help with a quest. (I am especially impressed that all the text is read to the kids. Even my nearly-non-readers were able to participate without my help!)
The game shows the students clearly what they are to do next. Did you notice the yellow box around the "Next" button? That pulses to show the student where to go or what to do.
Students travel through this magical world completing a variety of activities. They can visit locations, play with their pets, interact in a controlled way with other anonymous players, and engage in challenge duels to earn XP points and levels. The students win these challenges by answering math questions!

Prodigy gives teachers the option of setting the grade level for the students, or having the program diagnostically set them in the level most appropriate for them based on their results.
I left mine open, but I may play around with these as I look at the results. (BTW... did you notice the spot where you can assign a level based on the Ontario EQAO assessments??)

Speaking of results... they can be filtered by topic,
or by strand.
These results for one of my Grade 2 students don't impress me, but I think they were so excited about the game that they didn't realize they were working on math. Next week when we play again, I'll let them know that I'm tracking their results.

What are you waiting for? Invite Prodigy into YOUR classroom! :)
http://headoverheelsforteaching.blogspot.ca/2014/04/spark-student-motivation_5.html

4 comments

  1. Wow that looks amazing! I will definitely share this with my math teachers!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Katie
    Mind Sparks

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    1. You really should, Katie! In all seriousness... my kids could hardly contain their excitement when I showed it to them!! I LOVE that! :)

      Erin

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  2. This looks GREAT!! I'll take a look and pass it along to my husband who teaches computers k-7. Thank you Erin!
    Susanna
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

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    1. Absolutely, Susanna!! My students are loving it!! :)

      Erin

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