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Marcia, PK-12 Librarian. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use this program with my MS students since they are learning Algebra and Pre - Algebra in their math classes. We have a new MS Math teacher and I think this would be helpful to reinforce the skills taught in her lessons.

I could have students work on this in the computer lab while she is working with other students.

Strengths: The game is a great idea since our students like to play games so why not add Algebraic concepts to a game. I think this will be a good way for them to review their math skills. I also like that they can choose their avatar and they can choose where their person travels to. Students can work out the problem and then pick the answer they need from the choices.

I like that teachers can see the results of the game so they can see what the students chose on their path to finishing.

Suggestions for Improvement: I am glad the presenter said they would be adding more levels to the game.

I know my students will try out all of the first level and then want to keep progressing on to other levels.

Verdict: I think this would be a good for our MS Math classes, especially the Algebra students and the Pre - Algebra students. I like the fact that it helps students review math concepts and they can choose where they want their avatar to go as they answer questions.

Lauren, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: This would be a great incentive game for students to earn and practice their math skills. This would work well as a tool to enhance skills that are learned in class and practice them. Would be great for teaching math groups.

Strengths: Great use of important math skills for students. Fun, engaging, user friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see a feature where teachers can assign students a certain skill set to work on. This would allow for further differentiation in the classroom. I would also like to see this stay a free product for teachers but perhaps bring in a parent component to purchase special things within the game such as clothes, weapons (if necessary), special gems, etc. this would mean teachers and schools can continuously use the program without worrying about bufpdget!

Verdict: Great way to engage students in a forum they love and understand. It brings math to their world instead of removing them from their world to teach math.

Lauren, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: This would be a great incentive game for students to earn and practice their math skills. This would work well as a tool to enhance skills that are learned in class and practice them. Would be great for teaching math groups.

Strengths: Great use of important math skills for students. Fun, engaging, user friendly.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see a feature where teachers can assign students a certain skill set to work on. This would allow for further differentiation in the classroom. I would also like to see this stay a free product for teachers but perhaps bring in a parent component to purchase special things within the game such as clothes, weapons (if necessary), special gems, etc. this would mean teachers and schools can continuously use the program without worrying about bufpdget!

Verdict: Great way to engage students in a forum they love and understand. It brings math to their world instead of removing them from their world to teach math.

Jana, Gifted facilitator. School Type: Elementary School, High School, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would implement this program as an add-on to my current math program. Not necessarily as a tutor, but as an additional application to the concepts being introduced in the classroom.

Strengths: -nice graphics
-able to utilize independently
-written problems with explanation of the algorithm

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Audio for the lower level reading ability users
2. The option of starting students at a different location
3. The cost is not advertised. That would/could be a deal breaker.

Verdict: I would recommend it for the reason that it allows more practice and application in a game setting, but in a setting, that allows use of a math concept in a 'real' setting.

Sierhah, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: At its current state the product seems to be redundant motions of clicking on the operator. I did not find that I was fully engaged with what it was I should be learning. I became routinely motioned just to move through. There was also a lot of reading.

Strengths: The visual: the colors and look is nice, but the calculator, the scripts, and the overall way the problems are solved need more improvements on the visual standpoint and from the actual instructional standpoint.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would have the students actually solve, step by step, each problem. I would also make sure that the symbols and the way the problems were written were in an friendlier format.

Verdict: It would be difficult to track the progress. If it were used as just a free time activity that was still somewhat educational then it would be great. Unfortunately, the mathematical symbols and things were a bit confusing to follow and it doesn't seem as though it would be very beneficial and tracking and achieving mastery.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices

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Usage: I would use it as a center activity while teaching about expressions and equations. Students could use it as a choice on their Chromebooks.

Strengths: The storyworld is very kid friendly and interactive. I like how it gradually increases in difficulty.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Make it entirely free.
2. Include more options where the students have to think about how to setup the problem, not just solve the problem
3. Make the notation similar to that which students see on papers or assessments (ex: Instead of ^ show the actual exponent.

Verdict: It would be nice as a free option, but with limited funding, it is not good enough to pay for.

Tamara, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would not use it due to how it is not easily accessible for my Special Ed. students.

Strengths: If I were a regular ed teacher I would be able to use this as a center for students or for individual concept practice.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would make this have sound accessibility. I would also provide lowered grade level content. I would also have teachers have more control over what they can select for each individual student.

Verdict: I would not recommend this product due to how I work with Special Ed. students who are functioning severely below grade level. There is no sound feature where the text could be read to the students.

Kim, Math Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Too much reading in the game. I do not think students will find this appealing.

Strengths: I did not find any major strengths.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would definitely cut back on the amount of reading for students to get through the different levels. It didn't have anything that really jumped out for me to be inclined to use.

Verdict: I agree with gamification for students to teach important concepts, I do not agree with all of the reading necessary to play.

Stacie, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: This program is not special education accessible, because my students are low functioning and they need to listen and follow their reading. My students are reading at a first and second grade level and they are in the 6th -8th grade, so they would need visual and a listening devise.

Strengths: This program is challenging enough for general education students, it to advance for students in the special education classroom. This program is not able to read to my students.

Suggestions for Improvement: What I would change is make the program read to my students, show examples, asked the students to show me what they have learned.

Verdict: I would recommend this program for non-disable students who can read above the grade level that they are in. Also, for students who can comprehend the process.

Virginia, Library Media Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Additional learning for Algebra students. It's like the Organ Trail but for Math.

Strengths: I like the game format! Kids will be tricked into doing math. The pacing of game playing of moving the characters to math problem figuring is the right amount.

Suggestions for Improvement: Dividing the different characters talk text with different font or color. It's sometimes hard to tell which is talking.

Verdict: Additional learning platform.

Virginia, Library Media Specialist. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Additional learning for Algebra students. It's like the Organ Trail but for Math.

Strengths: I like the game format! Kids will be tricked into doing math. The pacing of game playing of moving the characters to math problem figuring is the right amount.

Suggestions for Improvement: Dividing the different characters talk text with different font or color. It's sometimes hard to tell which is talking.

Verdict: Additional learning platform.

Pltw teacher, School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Getting kids to do math is a challenge every day. Having a game to help students with basic math will help them learn!

Strengths: The graphics are very well done and will engage students. The kids like to play games.

Suggestions for Improvement: Cost makes this very easy to use.
The graphics are very appealing.
Kids love to play games

Verdict: It will be largely free, with additional levels that cost. Beginning free is awesome and would help.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: I would use it to help students review basic math skills as well as, understand the process of different stategies.

Strengths: I like how it focuses on the mathematical process versus the correct answer.

Suggestions for Improvement: It was very hard to hear the presenter and to see the example. It would be nice to be able to practice using the product.

Verdict: I would recommend this because we don't have anything similar to this program and our students basic math skills are suffering.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: I would assign this to students who are working on a 6th grade level.

Strengths: I love that this product is set up like a video game.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be wonderful if the text was read to the students. There are several students in my class reading below grade level.

Verdict: I would recommend for students who are working at grade level. I would not assign this to a student that is working below grade level because it does not read the words to them.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I would use this with students who need a challenge.

Strengths: The product is sure to engage students and make them want to continue to play. I wanted to continue to play.

Suggestions for Improvement: The questioning seems very basic and the feedback is only whether or not students were correct - not how or why they were or were not correct.

Verdict: It allows for engaging learning that students can work on independently .

Student, School Type: High School

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Usage: I would use it to learn and study

Strengths: It is useful and is a good way to revise and study for math

Suggestions for Improvement: The content - add more
Make it a bit shorter
ANd add harder questions

Verdict: I would recomemnd it as it is a fun and interactive thing which most students would probably like

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Blended Learning

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Usage: I teach 4th grade and the concepts that this product is working on are above most of my students math level.

Strengths: It does a great job of teacher students algebra in a real world setting. It allows students to work on these skills and makes students think deeper.

Suggestions for Improvement: Make this applicable to a broader audience. Provide more concepts that are a struggle for students such as multiplication and division.

Verdict: I think this is for a limited group of elementary students. I would think this would be great for gifted students.

Maria, TA. School Type: Other

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Usage: Right now, based on the information provided, I'm not sure how much a student would benefit from the program. It teaches the order of operation but I think there could be more. The potential for students getting bored is there.

Strengths: It's a good idea but again, would have liked to have seen a final product.

Suggestions for Improvement: Less story dialogue
Add an opportunity for student to give an answer

Verdict: See previous response. It would have been nice to see a final product so I could give a more comprehensive review

Meredith, Science. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

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Usage: It seems like it is still in development. It wasn't easily to figure out how to interact with the character. The window with the math problems wasn't big enough...too much small font information. Not enough feedback to keep the students engaged.

Strengths: Design of screens and backgrounds were colorful

Suggestions for Improvement: Have clear directions on how to interact with the games/characters

Verdict: It doesn't seem very engaging for the students and it is not easily self guided.

Azalia, Instructional Coach. School Type: Middle School, High School

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Usage: The program seems to be more focused on game than math. There is no voice over, so my students would not be interested in doing all of the reading required. Additionally, there is no teacher dashboard so I would be unable to check my students progress.

Strengths: Cool graphics

Suggestions for Improvement: Less emphasis on the storyline, all students should not have to start at the same level, tiered questions (differentiation)

Verdict: There are more math games on the market that are better and free. The notation for the math problems do no match the notations normally used in our textbooks.

Smith, Math department chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

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Usage: Introduction to algebra and variables. As a gamified intro to basic algebraic concepts that is adaptive.

Strengths: Gamification isn't always appealing. Being adaptive is a plus. Engaging students in math is always a challenge and gasification helps to increase motivation and engagement.

Suggestions for Improvement: Standard map and teacher Dashboard

Verdict: Kids love gamified apps. Story line is interesting and funny. Application problems can be transferred to real world problems.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School

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Usage: I would use this product in my rotations and stations.

Strengths: I like how this product tells a stroy and you cant move on until you slove the problems.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would not change anything about this product

Verdict:
This product is up to date knownledge and problem solving. Kids would love working with this game.

TA, School Type: Other, Blended Learning

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Usage: With my grandchildren

Strengths: You have to learn how to think and problem solve before moving on to the next level.

Suggestions for Improvement: Adding volume, geometry for the more advanced students

Verdict: It will help problem solving skills

IT, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School

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Usage: It's still being developed.

Strengths: It's an app, so it doesn't use a lot of network resource.

Suggestions for Improvement: NA

Verdict: It's an engaging RGP based on what it has developed.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School

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Usage: After school and rainy days.

Strengths: Students love this type of game and would enjoy playing it. I would market it to parents for students to play at home.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would make versions for lower grades.

Verdict: It's still being developed and has great potential. RPGS take up time but if it had word problems it might be worth it. Maybe add a battle were you have to answer questions.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Just not something I'm interested in.

Strengths: Helpful for educators and sutdents

Suggestions for Improvement: more appealing/engaging

Verdict: Wasn't engaged....didn't catch my interest

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

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Usage: Just not something I'm interested in.

Strengths: Helpful for educators and sutdents

Suggestions for Improvement: more appealing/engaging

Verdict: Wasn't engaged....didn't catch my interest

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