Sumdog's math games are always free to play, either at home or at school. They cover 100 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels. Most are multiplayer, so you can play against thousands of students worldwide.
Because the games are so engaging, students can finally enjoy developing their mental math skills.
Most of Sumdog is free to use, both at school and home, with no time limit.
However, you can also purchase a subscription to get progress reports on your students and analyse their strong and weak skills.
|Sumdog||Free||Most of Sumdog is free to use, both at school and home, with no time limit.|
|Class subscription||$60/yr||Purchase a subscription to get progress reports on your students and analyse their strong and weak skills.|
|School subscription||Varies||Get progress reports for multiple classes or all of your school.|
|District subscription||Varies||Significant discounts also offered for subscriptions covering several schools.|
It also features a nice avatar system where students earn coins for each correct answer. The coins help them 'level up' to another animal, and they can use them to buy accessories for their avatars. Even I have found myself playing for hours (I had to research it before I let my kids play, right?) trying to get just the right ensemble for my avatar.
By far, the most engaging aspect is competing with kids from around the world in the games. Each games has up to 4 players, and by default it will connect you with 3 other random players on the site. It's really cool to start to see students from Australia and England as you play into the wee hours of the night and those kids start to wake up. (What? I'm a busy teacher! The only time I have to play is late at night!) If no one else is playing that game it will set you up versus the computer (which you can also set it to do yourself, if you're not the competitive type).
However, you can also set it to play with classmates, which means you can play with your friends online. One night while I was playing (get off my back, man) I ran through about 10 consecutive games with one of my students who just happened to be playing the same time I was. In class, this usually results in shouting, "Okay, I'm playing Junk Pile! Who's gonna play with me? Okay, press start in 3, 2, 1 . . ." Then the "awws" and "woo-hoos" when they see who they're playing against. (They even love playing with their teacher, moi.) They also shout, as they shut down their laptops, 'I'm gonna be on at 7:00. What do you want to play?"
Yeah, I'd recommend this site.