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Friday, June 22, 2012

Great Feature on Sumdog

So, if you have followed my blog, you know that I am a big fan of the FREE math website, Sumdog.  Sumdog is a great math game site that allows my students the opportunity to practice math skills in a game setting.  My students last year LOVED it!  (and so did I!)

The site allows for me to set up challenges, join competitions, and to differentiate what skills my students practice.  I am currently trying to decide if I am going to purchase the reporting option. 

Well. I recently visited the stie, and they have made some nice additions/changes to the site.  Today I am going to talk about the Lesson feature.  When I logged on, I found a tab at the top that said lesson.  I couldn't really tell what it was for, until I began playing the games myself.  (I love to play the games!)

When I completed a couple of games, I clicked on the lesson tab again, and this is what I saw...

The lesson was set up for a half hour, and during that time I had played two games.  What great information this will be when I have small groups or whole class time to work on Sumdog.  It will really help to hold the students accountable for what they are doing, and it will give me good feedback on whether students are understanding the skill that we are working on.

Underneath that view, was this image...

This individual information will be awesome, too, and it happens in real time!  What great formative assessment!  This will really help me to zoom in on those kiddos who are having a tough time with a certain skill!  I love it! 

Of course, tonight's practice was with only me playing games, when I begin in the fall, I'll be able to monitor any of my students who are practicing.  I'll also be able to monitor their work when I have given Sumdog practice as homework!

I think this is going to be an awesome feature for us!

Have you checked out Sumdog yet?  Were you aware of these new features?  I'd love to know what you think.  I know people use other free and subscription math websites, and I am curious to know how  you and your students compare them to Sumdog or other math sites. 

Hands down, in my classroom, Sumdog is always the winner of choice!


amy said...

I've never heard of Sumdog before. Thank you for the visuals and information.
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Michelle said...

Never heard of it. Sounds cool though!
Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend! I'm your newest follower!

Lisa R. said...

I will have to check that out! My students love sumdog & that would be a great feature during center time.
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