By Jacquelyn L. McDaniel, The Urban Educator (April 2017)
Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates common-core math (grades 1-7) into a fantasy style game that students love playing. 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. Prodigy has recently expanded its content offering to include skills that align to the Math Florida Standards (MAFS) and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
And as a web-based game, Prodigy can be accessed at school and at home on virtually any device.(Richie Saltzman, TeachThought)
ARCADEMIC SKILL BUILDERS
Arcademic Skill Builders is a website and mobile app with 61 games—both single and multiplayer—that exercises students’ math, spelling, and geography skills. Geared toward grades K-8, Arcademics approaches online learning through arcade-style games in an attempt to engage students even when they are working on repetitive math problems. The games are primarily presented using colorful graphics and animal characters, including multiplication problems with penguins and subject-verb agreement with giraffes. Arcademics Plus, a premium version of the program, is also available for a 30-day free trial and then for $100 per year for a 20-student classroom, or $5 per student per year. (Jenny Shen, EdLab Review, New Learning Times)