Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to CUE in Palm Springs with some of my colleagues. My favorite part of the conference was the vendor floor...for one reason. We came across a booth demonstrating a math game that looked Minecraft-y. We stopped to hear about the game and were so excited to find out that it is completely FREE for teachers! The game is called Prodigy and it is a math game that adapts to your student's knowledge in math.
We watched the demonstration and asked a few questions. We learned that students get a character who can travel around in different lands. The educational part of Prodigy happens when students engage in battles in the game. Students automatically start out in a placement test. They answer math questions in battles, and the game assesses them to place them at a grade level based on their math knowledge. The best part about this is that the students don't realize they are taking a placement test, and Prodigy doesn't notify them about the test or about their scores.
On the teacher dashboard, you get a nice graphic of where your students scored in the placement test. Here's a screenshot of my class results.
One of my favorite features of Prodigy is the lesson plan feature. On the teacher dashboard, you can assign a "plan" on a calendar. All you have to do is select your grade level, and choose the topic you want your students to work on. My class is working on our decimals unit, so I chose decimals. Watch the screencast below to see how it works.
I have barely even scratched the surface about all the great features that Prodigy has. My students LOVE to play and even ask me to assign it for homework!