Prodigy Math: What is it? Where do I start?

Prodigy Math is a fun, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online game-based learning platform. Prodigy makes our curriculum-aligned educational content available to everyone, so we can continue to strive towards our goal of helping every student in the world love learning!

Featuring over 50,000 math questions spanning Grades 1 - 8, players will get to watch their very own wizard grow stronger, learn new spells and acquire new equipment while facing ever more powerful opponents, all by answering math questions!

Free to Use

We offer completely optional membership subscriptions for students —  giving them access to increased levels of character customization, the ability to collect a larger number of "pets", faster levelling, and access to one exclusive zone.

Membership is not required to access the in-game curriculum-aligned content and the vast majority of our users make use of the platform at no cost!

Curriculum Aligned

Prodigy's questions align themselves directly to many different curricula so you can ensure your students are getting content that matches what you're teaching in class.

By aligned, we mean we arrange all available content by grade level and expectation (or standard) in keeping with the way it’s arranged in your curriculum. Plus, we're adding new content all the time!

Learn more about the curricula we align with here: Curriculum Alignment

Adaptive

Prodigy makes use of a proprietary algorithm in order to automatically deliver appropriate material for students. When a student begins playing Prodigy, they’re automatically put through a placement test to determine the appropriate starting grade. Afterwards, we're constantly examining their progress through our curriculum tree to determine the next skill they should receive. If they're doing well on a topic, we'll move them to the next one in the grade. If they're struggling with a skill we'll pull them back to a prerequisite to get some practice before giving them another shot.

Want more customization than that? We give teachers the option to assess their student's knowledge of a skill by creating assignments for them. Assignments immediately insert selected skills into the game for students the next time they play. You'll even get a report you can view during and after they complete it!

Want to align Prodigy with what you're teaching in the classroom? Create a plan that will continually deliver the topic you're teaching in class to your students in Prodigy for a predetermined period of time.

Online

There are a variety of ways to access the no-cost world of Prodigy for teachers, students and parents on a wide array of devices!

Because Prodigy is web-based, students can play the game both in school and at home or even on vacation! Anywhere you have access to the internet, students can access Prodigy's exciting online world.

We work hard to ensure Prodigy can be accessed on a wide variety of platforms including PCs, Chromebooks, iPads and Android devices. Either through a web browser or through our iPad or iPhone apps, students can play Prodigy on the breadth of devices available to them in the new and amazing world of technology we live in today.

View our supported platforms guide for more details!

RPG-style video game

RPG stands for "Role-Playing Game", which means you take on or "play" the "role" of a character in the immersive Prodigy world. When your students begin to play, they'll start by creating a character that represents them in the Prodigy world. These characters have their own names, appearance, items and skills which develop and change as students play.

Getting Started

Now that you have an understanding of what Prodigy is, the information below will help you get started.

Account Setup

To start with, it's important to know that Prodigy offers three different types of free accounts: 

Teachers - Used by teachers & home school teachers. This account has access to all available functionality that Prodigy offers for an account such as assignment creation, reports and support for multiple classes. 

Parents - This allows parents to monitor their child's progress in Prodigy, retrieve their login credentials, and more! 

Students - Student accounts are used to log in and play the game only. They’re not allowed access to the logged-in components of the teacher/parent website which are restricted to parent/teacher account holders. 

If you're a teacher looking to get started, you'll first want to create your free Prodigy Teacher Account! 

1. Follow the instructions in the article below:

Once you've created your teacher account, it’s useful for you to go through the process of creating and trialling a student account.

2. Read the article below and recover your class code, in order to create a student account. We encourage you to answer some questions as a student to get a feel for their experience. This will also populate your teacher account with some data, so we can explore your teacher features

Once you've created a student account and played the game, let's return to your teacher account so we can explore some of its features!

Tools and Reports

Now let's go and log back into your teacher account! This article explains how:

After you log in, you'll be brought to your "classes" page. If you'd like to learn more about how to manage classes, check out this article:

Once you select a class you'd like to review data for, you'll be brought to that class' dashboard. To get an explanation of what data is shown there, check out this article:

From the class dashboard, you can do a number of things such as view reports, print student login information or personalized letters to send home to parents, create assignments, align Prodigy content to your in-class content and change passwords and grade levels for your students. Learn about all of these features by checking out the articles linked here:

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