Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tech Tip Thursday - Sumdog! Best Math Site!





I just realized it is Thursday (already!) Where are my days going?!?! I apologize for having 2 posts in one day, but I've missed a few tips and I need to catch up






Today's tech tip is the website Sumdog! I heard about it from a fellow blogger and I swear by it! Hands down the best math website! It's a math website that allows students to practice math concepts in fun game formats! To sign up and play the games is absolutely FREE....however they do have a reporting section that will give you details {reports} about how your students are doing {and what they are struggling with}. I'll be honest, I have only used the free features.

Teachers can sign up and then setup their class with individual logins for each student. I am always weary about entering my students' names into online programs. I only entered their first name and last initial. It generated passwords for each student. It's a very simple process and it's super easy to go back and add new students.  Students can play as guest, however I don't recommend this because they miss out on some of the features.


 The students are able to choose which concept they want to work on. The choices are place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, or algebra type equations. Then they can even choose which skill they want to focus on and level. I have tried to figure out how to set these particular skills so that students could only work on skills that I have set, however I haven't been able to figure it out. I can set up competitions and set the skill level there.  I'm hoping that this will be a feature they add in the future. I don't want my students to choose easy concepts, nor ones that they would struggle with.

Students then choose how they are going to play: against the computer, a random person, or a classmate. This is the best part of the site! The students get such a kick out of playing against each other and they can be playing the same game but working on different skills and levels. I even jump on a computer from time to time and challenge the kids...they really get a kick out of it.

Finally the students choose which game they want to play. There are some really fun ones! My favorite is junk pile. You have to answer questions and then pile up junk in the junkyard, but be careful or your pile could fall over.  There are about 20 games in all that keeps a variety of interest in mind.

As the kids play they not only compete against one another, but they are racking up points {coins}. The coins allow you to purchase different clothes and accessories to dress your character. They also have different animal levels. My kids really got into these rewards. My kids were so into this site that they would call each other so they could challenge one another from home. It was such a great way to get kids to memorize their facts {but in a fun way!} This website is one of the sites my kids during our Guided Math rotations.

12 comments:

Lisa R.

I agree, Sumdog is awesome!! My students used it last year in my classroom & they absolutely loved it. They were actually fighting over the computer time so they could use it lol. :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Patti Wilson

Have you used or checked out Scoot Pad? I was going to use this website, but Sumdog sounds better. Just curious how the two compare.

Patti
One Class, One Sound

Chasity

I love Sumdog. Our school competed in one of their state tournaments and we won! I have never seen a school so pumped up to practice math facts!
^ I have also been using Scoot Pad with my kids and from a teacher standpoint I absolutely love it but I think the kids prefer the Sumdog math games.

A Teacher Without a Class

How fun! I am always trying to find new ways for my kids to practice math facts!

The Hip Teacher

Love SumDog! Also, your blog is awesome! I am also a third grade teacher, and I have two semesters left for my master's in instructional technology. I can't wait to read more of your posts!

~Julie
TheHipTeacher

Just Wild About Teaching

your page is so cute...im your newest follower drop by =)


Just Wild About Teaching

Heather

I am going to head over and check it out! I am your newest follower, if you get some time, head on over and check out my blog - I teach third grade as well!!
Heather
Kickin' It With Class

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Very nice, thanks for the information.

Alison Hislop

Thanks for the hint! I have never heard of Slumdog!

Alison
Teaching Maths with Meaning

Kathy O

Thank you so much for sharing Sumdog. I started using it with my kiddos and they are HOOKED!!

Anonymous

The BEST for the BEST! My students are addicted to it, but we still have to learn other things too, haha. Thank for the tip. Most of the students fight over the computers and go to other rooms to use it!

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