IXL provides online supplemental learning in both math and language arts. It provides practice at several skills levels and continues to evaluate the student and provide ongoing challenges. There are already lots of topics and levels to choose from and more are being added.
Once you have created an account you can go into settings and create a profile for both the parent and any children that have been added to the account including the avatar used during sign in. Also, from profile setting you can choose to receive email reports, to show or hide grade levels and the timer, or allow audio for upper grade levels.
You can access both IXL Math and IXL Language Arts through your PC or on the browsers on many tablets. You can also access both on the iPad app. At this time only Math topics are available through the Kindle app.
We reviewed both the IXL Math online learning and the IXL Language Arts online learning. You can choose to work through these subjects either by grade level or by topic. The Math levels range from Pre-K skills to Pre- Calculus. Currently, Language Arts topics range from 2nd through 8th grade at the time of this review. Some of the questions involve choose the right answers and other times you input the correct answer using the keyboard.
When you are signed in as the parent you can get reports for all of your children. You can select the range you want the report to cover. The summary section will let you know how much the child completed during the selected range and since you student started using IXL. There is a news flash section that will give you special updates for your student. The report will let you know how much time you child spent and usage (when applicable). The final section is a chart of the skills practiced. It lets you know the rank, skill, time spent, programs attempted, and the score.
The Awards section shows you by student and grade level what awards have been earned during the time the student has used the program. Since I am logged in the next tab lets me know about Florida standards in both Math and Language Arts.
Using IXL Online Learning at Our House
I tested out the program on the PC, Kindle 7 HDX with the app, and iPad mini with the app. Since I just won the iPad mini in a contest Hannah was eager to test out the app using this new piece of electronics. She used it several days and week. She worked at an easier level than her grade but worked on topics that we were covering in math. Hannah also used a few times on the PC. She reports that both worked pretty much the same and they were both easy to use. She said it was a lot of fun to use for practice and she liked earning the awards.
Opinions on IXL
If you are looking for a full math program this will not fill your needs but it makes a great supplemental learning program. It goes through the questions and lets your children practice. They can earn awards that motivates them to keep working especially with younger learners. But if your child does get the wrong answer the program will give them feedback that will help them continue to make improvements during their practice time.
Facts about IXL Online Learning
IXL offers both IXL Math and IXL Language Arts and you can choose either program for $79 a year. If you want to purchase both subjects the cost is $129. A second student can be added to the same subject for an additional $20 for a total of $99 a year for one subject or $149 for both. This price includes access online or through the use of the apps for certain levels and subjects.
- Online Version allows you to practice Math levels from Pre-K through Pre-Calculus and Language Arts at the 2nd – 8th grade levels
- Apple App – allows access to complete K-12 Math content and the 2nd-8th grade Language Arts
- Android App – allows math practice at the K-8th grade levels with more on the way
- Kindle Fire App – allows math practice at the K-8th grade levels with more on the way
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