Engaging Tech Tools: Prodigy
You want to get students engaged in math? Prodigy was my answer.
Prodigy is a game based math program that students beg me to play!
Prodigy is free and doesn't require any work from your IT department to set up!
If your students already have accounts, they can simply log in and connect with your class.
If students do not have accounts, you have two options: students can make their own accounts (better for older students - my 5th graders did this just fine!), OR you can make accounts for your students. Students that make their own accounts
All students will be automatically assigned a placement test at the beginning of the year that is aligned to your curriculum. As students log in and begin playing through their placement test, you can monitor their progress.
Once it is time to play, you have several options. The first option is that students can free play. This allows students to play at their placement levels. Next, you can align students on one of three paths:
1. an assignment of specific questions you want them to answer
2. assign them to a standard, where students work through an assigned skill at their own pace, and will drop down to pre-requisite skills if they need practice
3. assign students to a test prep that helps prepare students for a standardized test.
See the video below to take a peek at what prodigy looks like for students.
Prodigy also allows teachers to monitor the progress of their students based off standard, or question. As students play Prodigy, data will collect and inform you of things, such as which skills your students are struggling with, how much of the curriculum they have covered, or how much time they have spent on prodigy at school, or at home!
I urge you to try prodigy. If you are hesitant, give it a week. Your kids will be begging you to do math! Learning should be fun, because #kidsdeserveit.
Holly Mecher. ADE. Runner. Life-long lover of books. Google Certified Educator.