Wednesday, June 20, 2012

IXL (TOS Review)

I was recently given the opportunity to review a learning site called IXL, which is a site for practicing math concepts from Pre-K through algebra.

How does it work?
The site is broken down into grade levels and within those grade levels all the state standards are addressed based on the skills needed for each grade.

For example, here are some skills that are needed for Kindergarten:

You would then select an area for practice.  In this case, I selected D.6, which works with number lines.  The student would then fill in the missing number and then hit submit.  The student would continue to answer several questions for this particular skill.  The student's screen also shows problems attempted, time elapsed, and score.

Each grade level is very comprehensive in terms of covering questions in all areas of math.  This site, however, is not an instructional site, but rather a way to review and practice problems in each area.  
The site also offers student reports, which reviews proficiency, trouble spots and progress toward meeting state standards. 

How much does it cost?
For Parents/Homeschooler $9.95/mo or $79/yr
For Teachers Class $199/yr

What do we think of it?
I have mixed feelings regarding the educational value of the site.  As an educator, I appreciate that all the standards are addressed and students have many opportunities to practice each math concept.  I think this site would serve as a great way to assess students needs and drive instruction.  

On the other hand, it was a bit difficult to maintain Audrey's attention with question after question.  Honestly, she wasn't interested in reviewing the math concepts through repeated questions.  Perhaps she would appreciate this sort of testing and practice at an older age.  Audrey seems to respond better to educational learning sites that reward with more games and instruction.  However, I can still see this site as useful and beneficial to other families based on their child's learning style. 

Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool review team, I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and may differ from others.   


Miss Foote said...

Every student in our school has an IXL account. I don't use it too much during the school day, but highly encourage it for home use. When state testing gets closer, it is such a great tool for teaching test taking strategies.

As a teacher I can also see who uses IXL, for how long, what they struggle with, etc.

Chickadee Jubilee

Annie Moffatt said...

Thank you for that input, Laurie! I can definitely see how this site would be useful in such circumstances!

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