App Review
IXL Math Practice

Standards-aligned worksheets help kids develop a wide range of skills

  • IXL content spans pre-K through Algebra 1.

  • Content is well organized and easy to navigate.

  • Young learners can tap to have text read aloud.

  • Feedback for incorrect answers is excellent and gives step-by-step explanations.

Quick Take
Pros: Excellent coverage of pre-K through grade 12 math curriculum, with detailed reporting available for multiple users.
Cons: There's no built-in sketchpad for kids who need to write out their work, and users have to leave the app and register on the developer's website for full access.
Bottom Line: Straightforward worksheets help kids practice and build fluency in a huge range of math skills.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The app is all about practicing math skills, which can be a little redundant. However, the awards are motivating, and the digital experience is certainly more engaging than traditional paper-and-pencil worksheets.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Kids can reach a challenge mode after completing basic questions, and feedback is extremely helpful for correcting errors.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Content is easy to navigate and inputting answers is straightforward: Enter manually or choose from four options. A link to tech support is accessible directly from the app.

Our Review
What's It Like?

IXL Math Practice is a handy tool that makes it easy for kids to practice grade-appropriate math skills. At the home screen, kids choose their grade level, from pre-K through Algebra 1. Then, kids choose a topic and begin answering the questions. Number of problems completed, score, and time display at the top of the screen. IXL Math Practice offers verbal praise for correct answers and stepped-out explanations for incorrect answers. Kids earn prizes and awards for reaching milestones and mastering skills. After registering on the developer's website, users can access progress reports to evaluate kids' strengths and problem areas. This is particularly useful for differentiating assignments in the classroom.

Is It Good For Learning?

Covering pre-K through Algebra 1 math curriculum, IXL Math Practice topics include numbers and counting, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, measurement, and much more. Each grade is packed with virtual worksheets arranged by topic. If kids get an answer wrong, the feedback is excellent and gives a step-by-step explanation of the correct answer. This is a powerful tool and can greatly improve kids' comprehension of difficult concepts. Kids have to choose the correct answer from four options, or they have to enter the answer manually using a keyboard. The variety of question types engages and challenges kids, and rewards help motivate them to keep practicing. Kids earn medals when they master skills, and parents and teachers can generate reports on the developer's website by creating a roster of users.

It would be nice to have a virtual sketch pad and the ability to create student rosters directly in the app. But overall, IXL Math Practice is an impressive, comprehensive math resource that makes it easy to access a huge variety of math standards -- and it's free!

How Can Teachers Use It?

This tool is best for practicing and building fluency in math. But since it gives kids such great feedback for incorrect answers, there's a teaching component that you could use as well. For example, you might assign some of the worksheets as pre-assessments before starting a unit. Discuss any questions that were particularly challenging, and keep a record of the pre-assessment scores. Ask kids to share anything they learned from their mistakes. As you work through the unit, use the worksheets to reinforce concepts. As kids make progress and earn high scores, challenge them to improve their speed. When the unit is wrapping up, assign the same worksheet topics that you used for the pre-assessment and compare kids' scores.

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