Sunday, September 12, 2010

IXL Math Review

 

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Product Description

In searching for a fun SmartBoard compatible activity to play during our 10-minute math sessions, I recently found the website IXL.  IXL is pronounced “I excel” and it helps kids excel!  The site is set up to allow educators and families access to math skills practice activities for their children.  It currently has skills sections for Pre-K through 8th grade math levels and announces that higher levels are coming soon.

What first caught my eye with this program is that activities are broken down and organized by concept.  I was looking for an activity that would allow us 10 minutes of practice and engage my students who can only count to 3 and my students who can count past 100 and do small addition problems.  The kindergarten section has 21 different areas ranging from “Numbers and Counting up to 3” to “Geometry.”  The first grade section has 18 different areas ranging from “Counting and Number Patterns” to “Probability and Statistics.”  Each section has a variety of activities for students to complete.

We currently play the games as a whole class, with students taking turns coming to the SmartBoard individually to complete one of the questions.  Students love giving each other feedback and support as each takes his or her turn at the board.  As students become more familiar with the site, it will be added to the available activities students can choose when they are at the classroom computers.

We use the site as a class and do not track student progress because our district encourages the use of other software for monitoring student growth.  Parents and teachers can, however, register and use the program as a tool to monitor the progress of their children.  The site is able to track student answers and automatically increases or decreases the difficulty level of questions as students answer correctly or incorrectly.  Their member’s section promotes that the site offers “Immediate feedback and question-specific explanations to solidify understanding of each concept.”  Reports can be emailed to parents and teachers on a daily or weekly basis, which provides for easy monitoring of student activity and progress.

One of my favorite aspects of this site is the instant feedback.  If a correct answer is chosen, students will see a green box with the word Correct! in it.  If an incorrect answer is chosen, the correct answer will appear in the pop-up box and students can click a button for an explanation, which compares the incorrect and correct answers, helping students see why their answer is incorrect.

Parents can join the site for $9.95/month or $79/year.  Teachers can purchase a classroom code for $199/year for up to 30 students.  The price increases for additional students, and schools may request a quote for a site license also.  If you are looking for detailed reports that show how your child or students are progressing in specific areas and in their grade levels, then this will be a great program for you.  If you are looking for some easy online math practice, it may not be worth your money to purchase a license.  There are many other sites that are free, but that do not track progress and create reports, which will offer math skills practice also.

Are you ready?

Click here to choose a level and try IXL yourself and here to determine the membership level that’s best for you.

 

As a bonus, here’s a link to a free 30-day trialimage

 

Happy mathing,

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