An introduction to IXL

An introduction to IXL

June 16, 2012|Posted in: IXL Integration

IXL is a web site dedicated to the practice and learning of math from pre-school all the way through algebra.  It is an amazing web site that I have used for the past three years with my classes of 4th and 5th grade students.

When I first was shown this web site by a collegue I was struck by how many different skills the site included for each grade level.  I instantly wanted to be a part of it.  Luckily, IXL let a few of us pilot the program for free for 30 days.  I was hooked.

During our lab time, I had wanted my class to practice math skills that were directly connected to the lessons and standards that I was covering during class time, but the options were very limited, in fact they pretty much didn’t exist.  So I settled on some random sites that basically were games wrapped around a little bit of math.  It seemed more like fun time, than practice time.

Students would spend their 30-40 minutes of computer lab time working on these “math drills” and all their answers would be blasted off into the cyber-nether never to be seen again.  It really was futile to call that math practice time.  Then, IXL brought a solution that I had hoped for.

You see, IXL captures every answer that each students submits.  It records their progress, gives them virtual rewards for their work, and celebrates achievement, not completing a game.  All that data that was lost on other sites, was now available for me to review and use in a meaningful and purposeful way.  I could change the way I approached math because of IXL.

This year, my students completed over 1/4 million math problems on IXL.  They worked hard, and in this blog I will be sharing what I did to integrate IXL as a means of formative assessment of my teaching and my students’ learning.

Please ask any questions you my have, and I will do my best to answer them along the way.

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