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Prodigy: What is it? Where do I start?

We are excited to help you get started with Prodigy!

Prodigy is a free to use, curriculum-aligned, adaptive, online, RPG (Role Playing Game) style video game. Join 800,000 teachers and over 28 million registered students throughout 2800+ school districts in using the game that will revolutionize the way you approach math instruction!

Featuring over 50,000 questions spanning Grades 1 - 8 in 6 different curricula, 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

What does all that mean? Let us break it down for you: 

 

Free to use: 

Prodigy is free to use for teachers, students and parents alike.

How do we keep this company running?

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

A membership is not required to access any of our education content and the vast majority of our users make use of the platform for free! 

 

Curriculum Aligned: 

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

By aligned we mean that we arrange all of the content we have available by grade level and expectation or standard in keeping with the way it is 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 are 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 something we'll pull them back to a pre-requisite to get some practice before giving them another shot. 

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

 

Online: 

There are a variety of ways to access the free 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 that Prodigy can be accessed on a wide variety of devices 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 that you take on or "play" the "role" of a character in the immersive Prodigy world. Which means that 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 your students play.  

Development occurs by level, starting at 1 and going up to 100. Generally speaking, the higher the character's level, the more powerful they are and the more health they have. As such, level is a good indicator as to the time and effort a student has invested into developing their character. 

The motivation for continuing to play and engage with the math content is to develop their character by making it more powerful, learn new skills, acquire new items or reach new zones. 

 

Over the course of your use of Prodigy, we recommend that you work to get your childrean invested in their character to ensure they keep working on the math content over time. 

  

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 designation can be used to access the logged in portions of the website and has access to all available functionality that Prodigy offers for an account such as assignment creation, reports and support for multiple classes. 

ParentsVery similar to teacher accounts however, are restricted from certain management tools made available to only teachers. For example, parents cannot create assignments and do not have classes. Great for monitoring student progress when played in school/at home! 

Students - Student accounts are used to login to and play the game only. They are not allowed access to the logged in components of the teacher/parent website which are restricted to parent/teacher account holders. They exist as entities in and of themselves and therefore, carry player data with them but lack basic management functionality such as the ability to recover or change their passwords. These management actions can only be performed on student accounts by teachers or parents that have them paired to their own accounts.

The first thing you'll want to do is create and log in to a free Prodigy Parent Account! 

Start by reading this article and creating an account

Once you've created your parent account, it is useful for you to go through the process of creating and trialing a student/child account of your own, so that you can see how the game operates.

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

Tools & Reports

 Now let's go and log back in to your Parent Account! This article explains how: 

 After you login, you'll be brought to your "kids" page. If you'd like to learn more about how to manage a child account, check out this article: 

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

From the dashboard you can do a number of things such as view reports and manage your child's login information.  Learn about all of these features by checking out the articles linked here:  

 

 

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