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 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.