Prodigy Content Update: 50 New Math Skills Added!

Today our education content team is pleased to add an additional 50 skills to the game across multiple grades (3-8) and curricula! These skills continue to allow students to demonstrate their learning and use manipulatives. Below is a sample of the skills released, but be sure to check out our skills page www.prodigygame.com/math to see a full list of our ‘New!’ skills (new skills have a blue ‘New!’ label beside them).

All of these skills are also available to you in our assignment tool on your teacher dashboard. Try creating an assignment using one of our new skills today!

 

3rd grade - Divide a whole circle into parts
3rd grade – Divide a whole circle into parts

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Prodigy Game Update: Firefly Forest

A lot of excitement comes with the start of a new school year and Prodigy is ready to get in on the fun.

Over the course of the school year, we will be releasing newly re-imagined and re-designed multi-screen zones. Beginning with the Firefly Forest, our new zones will feature:

  • Multiple maps per zone with a connecting and central hub.
  • New Quest lines requiring movement throughout the maps.
  • New Quest Styles requiring players to collect items from around the zone.
  • New NPCs
  • New “Healstones” replace the healers in the new zones. Healing now requires the answering of a math question but costs no gold.

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Prodigy Game Update: Multiplayer Worlds

We have some big news for all of our wizards out there! You are now able to find and interact with your friends on Prodigy!

Multiplayer Worlds:

We know many students have been asking for this for a long time now and we’re excited to reveal a new world selection feature that will allow for you to arrange to meet with your friends in one of our 90 available worlds.

When you first login to the game, you’ll be asked to “Choose Your World”. You can choose the same world as your friends so that you can play Prodigy together.

 

 

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Prodigy Feature Update: New Teacher Dashboard

We have made some very exciting changes to the teacher dashboard for the upcoming school year. This new enhanced interface for teachers and parents will provide you with insight in terms of your students/children’s recent usage, performance, trouble spots as well as quick overviews for assignments and placement test progress.

Your dashboard comes complete with 5 widgets to keep you up to date on how your students are performing in the world of Prodigy. (more…)

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Prodigy Content Update: 110 New Math Skills Added!

Today we added hundreds of new questions of all different styles to Prodigy. Our education team has been working hard to develop questions that enable students to show their thinking and break the question down into parts. By allowing students to enter more than one answer on a particular question, teachers and parents can gain a better insight into where it is their student may be going wrong.

With this release we have a new first at Prodigy; interactive questions! This question type allows students to interact with the tools shown on screen, like number lines and place value charts.

4th grade - Improper fraction placed on a number line
4th grade – Improper fraction placed on a number line

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Prodigy Content Update: 150 New Math Skills Added!

Our education team has been hard at work this summer creating new math content, which can now be accessed in-game. Today we added thousands of new questions to Prodigy, covering more than 150 new curriculum-aligned math skills!

Prodigy has spent the last two years building out Common Core, TEKS, MAFS, and Ontario aligned math content and will continue to do so until we have complete coverage. Many of our questions now involve manipulatives, charts, graphs, and geometric shapes and require multiple steps. Our math content was designed to teach students how to think critically and use multiple strategies to answer questions. Check out some of this week’s newest questions below and let us know what you think!

2nd Grade – More or less from a vertical bar graph

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How Prodigy is Helping You Prepare for the Big Day: EQAO

Spring is on the horizon, or at least that’s what we are all hoping! But for teachers spring brings standardized testing, and in order for us to usher in the warm weather in true bliss, we all want to make test prep as simple and as effective as possible.

In an earlier post, we shared the results from our case study on the impact of game-based learning on standardized test scores. The results were undeniably positive and definitely encouraging for any teacher who has adopted game-based learning in the classroom. So with EQAO coming, how can you use game-based learning as effective test prep?

Luckily your students’ favorite math game has you covered. As an Ontario product, Prodigy’s education team is committed to helping you improve your students’ EQAO results.  We have been working hard to overhaul our current EQAO override feature, and today we have released our new EQAO Package!

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Can Game-Based Learning Improve Standardized Test Scores?

When my co-founder and I started Prodigy, our goal was to get students as excited about learning math as I was about playing Pokemon as a child.  As teachers, you’ve likely seen this excitement in your own classrooms, but one overriding question keeps coming up – does all of this excitement lead to quantifiable improvements on standardized test scores?

To figure this out, we dug deep into data from one of our first districts, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB in Ontario, Canada.  The data shows that highly active schools on Prodigy had 11.6% more students meeting standards on EQAO testing (Ontario’s standardized test) compared to the previous year.  This represents an 11.5% difference over inactive schools, which only saw a 0.1% improvement.

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You can download the full whitepaper here: https://www.prodigygame.com/resources/Can_Game-Based_Learning_Increase_EQAO_Math_Scores.pdf

There is also a short 2-page summary here: https://www.prodigygame.com/resources/Can_Game-Based_Learning_Increase_EQAO_Math_Scores_(SHORT).pdf

Post written by Rohan Mahimker, Co-CEO Prodigy

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#FeedbackFriday

Today marks Prodigy’s first #feedbackfriday. We have been receiving tons of great feedback from you recently and this is our way of sharing and responding to that feedback. We hope this encourages you to continue to share what you like about the program and where you see opportunities for improvement. This weekly post will also give you a glimpse into what we are working on here at Prodigy, and what new features you can expect to see in upcoming game updates. Our blog is the best way to stay up to date on everything related to prodigy.

We also launched a Twitter contest this week that will continue to run throughout January. Share your Prodigy feedback on Twitter using the hashtag #MyProdigyMath and you and your class will be entered into a weekly membership giveaway!

This week’s winner is Miss Nilmini Ratwatte from Peel DSB! Miss Ratwatte and her entire class will be receiving free Prodigy memberships for one month. Congratulations! We will be giving away two more class memberships over the next two weeks so don’t forget to share your feedback with @ProdigyGame. (more…)

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