Thursday, December 13, 2012

Engaging Online Math Practice


I recently read about a website called Sumdog.  It's a free website with highly engaging games for practicing math.  It covers a dizzying range of topics from basic number concepts to exponents.  Basically, the games can be played for any skill.  If you look at the picture below, you see all the skills for multiplication.  Players choose a skill and then choose one of the games.  The game randomly matches a player up with other online players or the computer to add another level of competition.  You can see by the 2nd and 3rd pictures that I was practicing making doubles using two different games.

While the games are free, there is a parent subscription available that provides additional functionality.  With a subscription, parents can view reports and set up challenges for their children.  Their children can also set up games with other Sumdog members instead of playing against random players.  You actually have to sign up for a parent account to get information on pricing, but it looks to me like it is $6 a month.

This is a great resource for making math practice fun!  I hope you'll check it out.  If you're already using Sumdog, be sure to leave a comment and let us know your favorite features.







10 comments:

  1. I signed up my entire class. I'm trying to practice so I can help my kids log in. I can't seem to actually get to a game. I get the page that says "training" and "world" and then I can't figure out how to actually get the game.

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    1. That was confusing to me, too! Choose a skill under "training" and then off to the right (next to "world") you see the games. You can either choose the featured game or click on "See all games". Hope that helps!

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  2. Thank you. I see now that you can only play the "older" games unless you subscribe. Thanks so much!

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    1. Yes! All games become free eventually, but when they first come out, they are only available to subscribers.

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  3. I love it! And so do my students. Their favourite game is Cake Monsters- they can't wait until he explodes at the end! I like the live feed which allows me to keep an eye on how my students are doing. Also, I can check to see which students are practicing at home. Being able to choose the skills for individual students is wonderful because the games are the same - just the questions are different. This way my students don't realize that they are doing something different from their classmates and they are practicing the facts that they need to work on. I don't have the subscription (yet??) but know others who do and they like getting the reports on their class and individual students. Definitely worth using with your students!

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    1. Thanks for the extra information, Sherri! What a great resource!

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  4. I have my entire class on sum dog and they love it! I can alter the skills for each child and no knows they are working on different levels and skills. The site is free and they offer reports for free too. It costs 2.00 per child to subscribe and they are offering a second sister site if you add 100 students.
    The skill level is great and the students love competing in competitions as well as playing with students all over the world.
    It really builds speed and accuracy for basic math skills. Many students like the challenge and ask me to show them how to do something " new" they had as a question on sum dog.
    It is easy to sign students up. They can work at home too.
    Great site and well worth your time to check out!

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    1. You've gotta love something that is FREE and students beg to do! Thanks for providing additional details!

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  5. Love it! Just signed my class up!

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    1. Oh good!! I'm sure they're going to love it!

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