Technology Evaluation – Prodigy

 

 

Prodigy is an educational math game for students. I use it daily, and my students love it. From a student’s perspective it is a adventure game where you explore a world with your friends, collect cool items, and do math. It is similar to Pokemon, but instead of pet battles you answer math problems. As the teacher I am able to assign math practice aligned to our daily lessons and receive all the data about student progress.

It is free, and very easy to get your class set-up. Here is a link if you would like to try it in your class. You can have students login with Google, so it is great even for youngsters.

One of the things I love most about Prodigy is the teacher dashboard. I like to pull this up while students are working and share their leaderboard rankings. I use Prodigy as additional practice, and motivation for math. After our math lesson and practice work I have my students take a concept quiz on our daily topic, and then get on Prodigy. I like having more than one data source on their math progress, and Prodigy is great at reteaching missed topics if I see that anyone needs remediation.

The Prodigy planner is great. You can chose to align the math problems in three different ways. I like aligning the standard, you can see the choices in the image below. 

The data on each student is incredible. Prodigy scales to students ability levels. I have one very exceptional 4th grader who learned slope-intercept form on his own! You can see how he started the year with review in 3rd grade math, and worked his way up to 8th grade math. I can go in an see every question he answered, sort them by standard, or just use the mastery reports given. It is very helpful data to share with parents. 

Speaking of parents, Prodigy connects students accounts to their parents email and sends customizable reports! I really enjoy Prodigy, I’ve found it to be the perfect gamified math practice for my class.

9 thoughts on “Technology Evaluation – Prodigy”

  1. This seems like a great resource to individualize math instruction and remediation. I like that you can track the students’ progress. Can you assign work to students individually or in groups? Or do students have to work on the same topic but different levels? Either way, this looks like a great resource for math instruction!

    1. Yes, you can individualize assignments to each student. Or create math groups based on ability level. Prodigy does a pretty good job of differentiating automatically. If a student is struggling with a topic it will turn to review until the student masters whatever concept they were missing.

  2. Wow, what a great tool! The ability to keep parents updated and informed on their students’ progress is a huge plus. Looking at the pictures you posted, I really like how organized the whole system is. I will definitely recommend this to my math teacher buddies!

  3. I also like how well it tracks progress. Identifying gaps in student achievement is the first step to addressing those gaps!

  4. So cool! What a great way to differentiate for the students who are ahead. I love the data that you showed. That is always a major selling point for teachers in my district. They have to see the data. I also like that you can connect the account to home. I haven’t tried it out yet and am curious about what the game looks like. I’m going to go download it on my school iPad. Thank you.

  5. I am going to check this out for my fourth graders! I am have never heard of it and I love that it is free! Thank you for sharing screen shots. They really helped me better understand about how it works. My school is completely standards aligned, so I like that I could also do that with this program!

  6. Rachel – I love math games that also have incentive to perform. I would think for many of the students this makes them love math more! Adding that gaming component to math is genius! Do you use this as a primary teaching tool or as a supplement? Do you do mini-lessons on the board first – or because it is self paced, the kids end up at all different levels? I did a self paced math program in fourth and fifth grade and I swear to this day that is why I love math. Thanks, Tracy

  7. This seems like something I would love to start using with my kindergarteners. I like how it progresses through the game and gets harder as the students move.
    I am also curious about how much it costs.

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