A blog post about how to best use Prodigy when you don't have enough one-to-one devices in the classroom

How to Use Prodigy Effectively Without 1:1 Computer Access

I want to use Prodigy Maths but don’t have a computer for every child in my class. How can I effectively implement technology in my classroom?

☝️ Despite technology becoming more ingrained in 21st century classrooms, this is a common concern many teachers share.

However, if you’re in a school with low supply of information and communications technology (ICT) — a reality you believe is negatively affecting pupil learning — there are still ways to use Prodigy Maths in your classroom!

1. Run learning centres or rotation stations

Cassie Thompson's example of a digital classroom layout.
Source: Cassie Thompson

Fantastic for classes without one-to-one device use, using Prodigy Maths in your learning centres is a powerful strategy to:

  • Deliver a range of content. For example, if your class struggles with 2D and 3D shapes, you can assign specific questions targeting how to identify or classify different shapes, how to find missing side lengths, and how to calculate the volume of prisms.
  • Give pupils different ways to process content. Whilst one station may focus on individual worksheets and another on an instructional video, you can use Prodigy Maths as a gamified station pupils must discuss and solve together.

If you want to go deeper, Prodigy Maths simplifies maths content differentiation in three easy steps. Using the Planner tool allows you to deliver specific in-game problems to distinct pupil groups!

2. Save time for relevant entry and exit tickets

Engage pupils at the start or end of class to preview or reinforce curriculum-aligned content using Prodigy Maths’ Plans feature.

If you don’t have one-to-one device use, consider scheduling a classroom rotation. For example, in a class of 25 pupils and 5 devices, have five different pupils complete an entry or exit ticket each day of the week.

Scheduling a special 10 minutes at the start or end of class for each pupil throughout the week gives them something to look forward to and encourage them to take ownership of their learning.

Interested? Learn how to use Prodigy as a relevant entry or exit ticket!

3. Use it for Response to Intervention (RTI)

A female teacher helps elementary school student with math homework

Some pupils simply don’t respond to worksheets, textbooks, and other traditional methods of teaching. Prodigy Maths is an effective and engaging way to address pupils’ trouble spots and skill deficits, whilst collecting data.

With these pupils in mind, the Assignment feature is a powerful way to engage pupils with maths anxiety or low maths confidence. What’s more, it helps individuals’ unique trouble spots as a second-tier RTI strategy.

Sound like something you need? Discover how to use Prodigy Maths as an RTI tool!

4. Assign Prodigy Maths as homework

 

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Now that you’ve finished teaching a new maths concept, it’s time to reinforce what they’ve learnt. And whilst your class may not have one-to-one device use, they may have access to one at home.

Use the Planner tool to align your lesson content by creating Plans. Pupils will work through the skills within a standard at their own pace and, due to Prodigy Maths’ in-built adaptive learning technology, will drop back to pre-requisites when necessary.

Assigning these Plans for homework will not only help solidify new maths concepts, but provide more data about their levels of understanding.

The more you know about how and where your pupils are struggling, the more effectively you can adjust your teaching strategies to meet individual learning needs.

Homework kids will enjoy doing? Yup — here’s how to use Prodigy Maths to reinforce in-class lessons at home.

5. Schedule teacher battles

In classrooms without one-to-one devices, teacher battles are an increasingly popular way to get pupils excited about maths!

Teachers can set up their own Prodigy Maths wizard, select the same Year level, and challenge individual pupils to maths battles.

During work or free choice periods, you can challenge a certain number of pupils to individual maths battles. (Trust us, children will chomp at the bit for a chance to outsmart their teacher — it’s happened!)

Though a slower process, pupil-teacher battles:

  • Are a good way to gauge individuals’ knowledge gaps
  • Present opportunities to connect and bond with pupils

You can successfully integrate ICT in your maths lessons!

Compared to a one-to-one device classroom, pupils in one-computer classrooms have fewer opportunities to benefit from ICT platforms such as Prodigy Maths. This means every chance they have to use technology in the classroom must be high quality.

So, we hope the effective alternatives above help engage you and your pupils on your maths journeys!


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Jordan Nisbet

Jordan crafts content for Prodigy — and wishes the game existed when he was in school. He's interested in education and passionate about helping build up the next generation!

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