How Can Prodigy Math Games Help K-12 Kids Learn?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Jun 24, 2020 6:51:31 PM ET
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Is it possible to turn study time into fun time and still learn? Absolutely! In fact, if you want to get kids excited about learning — especially when it’s a subject they don’t particularly enjoy — you have to make the learning process fun. One of the best ways to do that is to use games to teach them the concepts they need to know.

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Millions of students across North America have turned to Prodigy online math games to improve their math skills. The games can be played on any device and on any internet browser. The co-founders of Prodigy set out to create an online system that played like a video game while helping students learn math — and they succeeded. Let’s look at just a few ways that Prodigy math games are beneficial for students.

Accessible Anywhere

Teachers can set up free accounts for their students. (If your school district doesn’t use Prodigy in school, parents can also set up free accounts for their children.) Once everything is set up, students can log in from anywhere at any time using their username and password. The games are always completely free, although users can choose to pay for premium features, such as extra hairstyle options for their characters and access to more pets. The upgrades are completely optional and not necessary to enjoy the full educational benefits of the program.

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Individual Learning

If you hate all those standardized tests students are subjected to these days, you certainly aren’t alone. Prodigy identifies the gaps in a student's learning without putting them through the stress of standardized testing. The system automatically scales the game to each student's current level and then helps them make their way through the more difficult concepts. Students will progress at their own pace yet gradually get better at doing fast math in school.

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Choose Your Own Quest

When they set up their computers or devices to play Prodigy, your students get to choose an avatar, much like they would in other adventure-style games. Next, they choose a quest and access the large interactive map. Each time they play, they can choose where to play on the map — the mountain, the river or the forest. Each area on the map takes them on an entirely different learning adventure. They have to solve math problems along the way to move ahead to the next stage of their quest.

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Master Skills

Unlike many math learning games, Prodigy doesn’t just implement digital flashcards disguised as a game. The games involve real adventures with real progression built into the design. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t do its job as a teaching tool, however. The adventure-style format makes your child want to continue learning, and they have to master the math embedded in the game to keep progressing. The constant practicing of math skills soon turns to math fluency and, finally, math mastery.

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Real-Time Reporting for Teachers

Teachers who set up Prodigy for their students have access to each student's Prodigy progress in real time. Various reports allow teachers to track which concepts students are mastering and which concepts still need some work and extra practice. The assessment feature allows them to customize the content of the game so students can work on strengthening the skills they need to bridge any learning gaps. Students play for hours without realizing they are working hard at completing real coursework.

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At this point, Prodigy is strictly a math game, but the co-founders hope to expand the system in the future to include other subjects, such as science, literacy and history. Stay tuned!