## Negative Exponents: 8 Things Your Students Need To Know

Many students already struggle to understand negative numbers, exponent rules and fractions. So what happens when you add negative exponents to the equation?

Total chaos.

Well, not really. But understanding negative exponents is an important building block for high school-level math courses, and it’s also a concept many students find challenging. When you gradually build on your students’ knowledge, you’ll ensure they’re ready to tackle challenging problems in and out of the classroom.

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## Prodigy Content Update: 95 New Skills Added!

We’re excited to be releasing 95 new skills today! On top of the new content, we’ve also introduced new question types and virtual manipulatives:

Calculator Skills – For only select questions that require students demonstrate an understanding of process rather than computation, we’re introducing a new calculator manipulative!

## Prodigy Game Update: Lamplight Town and Winterfest!

Welcome to Lamplight Town! We’ve made some renovations recently, just in time for Winterfest! When you log in for the first time Noot will take you on a tour!

What’s in the New Zone?

## Prodigy Game Update: Player vs. Player!

You asked for it and we’re pleased to announce the release of Player vs. Player battles! You can now challenge your friends to a math battle in Prodigy!

The Player vs. Player system allows Prodigy wizards from all over the world to battle each other! By clicking on a character, you can reveal their “player card”.

Using the player cards, you can:

1. Challenge them to a battle
2. See other players’ character name and level
3. View what gear they currently have equipped
4. View their statistics

## 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!

## #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…)

## Prodigy’s #FeedbackFriday Contest

2015 started off great for Angela Scullion, the lucky Prodigy user who won a free iPad through our Holiday Giveaway Contest! Congratulations Angela Scullion and thank you to everyone who participated.

## Prodigy’s Guide to Free Math Games

If you ask any member of the Prodigy team what we do, you’ll probably get a broken record response proudly declaring “we are building the world’s best math game!” But with an abundance of educational gaming options available, how does one decide which one is best for them? It’s no secret that there are hundreds of math games out there, many of which are fantastic and are changing the way students and teachers approach math. With the gamification of education becoming such a hot topic, it’s important to evaluate prospective programs before taking the plunge. (more…)