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IXL Maths and English

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An almost infinite amount of questions to develop and test students’ maths and english skills for all ages which will test skills learnt and possibly forgotten. Great for revision, the 'Smartscore' system promotes working through the questions, not guessing and the variety of question types is also admirable.  Both parents and teachers can make good use of its contents to support their children’s mathematical development.  A subscription to IXL Maths - English is required to use it.

Teacher Review

To review the IXL Maths app, its context within the IXL Maths platform must be understood, as it is very much embedded within the platform as a whole.  IXL is designed to facilitate maths practice across the entire school age range.  As part of this, it aims to motivate students, keep parents informed and ease the record keeping burden of teachers.  This app is a means of accessing the IXL Maths exercises alongside the longer established computer based option.
 
One of the interesting ways that this app works is in how it decides when a maths skill has been mastered.  It is determined by a ‘SmartScore’.  Based on the quite reasonable assumption that completing a number of questions or reaching a certain score is not an indication of mastery, this SmartScore is determined by other factors.  It is based on a number of different measures to more accurately determine understanding.  Wrong answers can bring the score down and the points awarded for correct answers are weighted by the program to represent the skills used.
 
It is an excellent system.  It feels right and prevents students from just guessing because the effort involved in choosing the correct one is too much for them.  The more incorrect answers, the longer the exercise will take, so the greater the incentive to choose wisely.  It does mean that teachers should be careful with weaker students as they could find them stuck in an exercise for a long time if they just can’t grasp it. Not that the app leaves students unsupported in their learning.  Incorrect answers are met with a detailed explanation to help students understand where they went wrong.
 
The questions comprehensively cover all years, from reception to year 13, and are useful for all of these years.  It is, perhaps, weaker towards the earlier years due to the dependency on reading skills of the explanations.  Where appropriate the questions do have a button that will speak the key information, such as the arithmetical operation, but not everything can be spoken.
 
An additional strength of the app is that it does not rely entirely on multiple choice questions as so many others do.  Depending on the subject, students could be moving vertices of shapes, entering numbers, or some other method appropriate to the area of maths.  This makes it more intuitive, more interesting and more appropriate to exam revision.
 
Both teachers and students can track performance easily and in ways appropriate to their needs.  Students can see their awards and accomplishments in the app.  Teachers can get a variety of reports, although, at the moment, this needs to be done using a computer rather than the app, but this functionality is coming.  This highlights that this app is part of a platform.  With their accounts students and teachers can access its content across a number of devices.  The experience is broadly the same but, occasionally, new content may lag slightly behind on some of the devices. 
 
With the huge amount of questions and associated explanations, either the app had to be enormous in size or it would require internet connectivity.  It has chosen the latter so you must be aware that a Wi-Fi network will be required.  The other implication of this is that there can be a slight loading time occasionally.  This is particularly noticeable when an explanation to a wrong answer needs to be displayed and you may see a buffering symbol for a couple of seconds.
 
Maths practice is an essential aspect of maths education and this app tightly focuses on making this as productive and efficient as possible.  Parents and teachers alike can utilise it to ensure that their children master and remember the maths skills they are taught at school.
 

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From the Developer

Excel everywhere with IXL! With over 4,500 skills in math and English language arts, students can find comprehensive, standards-aligned content for all grade levels. Interactive questions and virtual rewards create an engaging learning environment that motivates students to master skills and explore new topics. Feel good about your kids’ tablet time as they use IXL to keep their skills sharp anytime, anywhere - it’s practice that feels like play!
 

Math 
 

More than 3,300 standards-aligned skills provide comprehensive coverage of pre-K through 12th grade math. Unlimited questions and no templates mean students can practice, review, and master a skill—and never see the same question twice. From skip-counting with pictures to graphing quadratic functions, IXL's interactive question types bring the joy of learning to students’ fingertips.
 


English Language Arts
 

Enter a new era of grammar instruction with IXL’s English language arts program for grades 2–12. The fundamentals of writing are brought to life through fun and witty questions that challenge students to learn new vocabulary, correct grammatical mistakes, and understand textual context. Over 1,300 skills prepare kids to become confident communicators in school and life. 


 
Highlights of IXL
  • Comprehensive standards-aligned curriculum 

  • Wide variety of question types to engage students
  • Unlimited access to all grade levels

  • Insightful reports and weekly updates on your student’s progress

  • More than 23 billion unique questions answered on IXL
TESTIMONIALS
 
“Thanks to IXL, our students' performance has increased dramatically.  Because they practice the skills daily, and because the site provides feedback, students are able to correct their mistakes and master the concepts easily.”
Waleska Batista, teacher, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.A.
 
“My favourite feature of IXL is that if you get a question wrong IXL will tell you how to solve it and what you did wrong. Another thing I really enjoy is that IXL provides awards and progress reports showing how you do over time. I think these two things are very effective because they make the student feel like they are actually studying and not wasting time.”
Student, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
 
“This program takes the frustration out of math because it allows the student to practice at his/her own pace and stay focused. It's okay if you mark one wrong because another one will be waiting. This is a great tool to have.”
Parent of a 4th grader, California, U.S.A.
 
“We like the rewards and certificates; our children work very hard to receive these! The reports are also brilliant in keeping us informed of the levels our children have reached and where they need extra help.”
Parent, Coolah, NSW, Australia
 
“My students are improving by the day, and some even stay in for recess to work on IXL!”
Helm Jackson, 5th grade teacher, Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.
 
IXL Membership
 
Become an IXL member for $19.99 per month and you’ll get access to unlimited practice in all grade levels, earn awards and much more! 
 
Pricing may vary by country. Your subscription will be charged through your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew within 24 hours prior to the end of the current subscription period, unless auto-renewal is turned off beforehand. You may manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal at any time from your iTunes account settings after purchase, but no refunds will be provided for the unused portion of the period. 
 
Terms of Service: https://www.ixl.com/termsofservice 
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