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September 19, 2018

Computer Games Help Students Sharpen Math Skills


VOLNEY – Staff members at Volney Elementary School have used a computer game to increase student achievement and engagement during the 2016-2017 school year.

Fifth grader Ceara Johnson practices multiplication skills while playing her favorite game, “Junk Pile” on the Sumdog website.

Fifth grader Ceara Johnson practices multiplication skills while playing her favorite game, “Junk Pile” on the Sumdog website.

Sumdog is an online learning environment where students answer math and reading questions specifically tailored to their needs and abilities.

In several games, coins are earned for each question answered correctly.

Those coins may be exchanged for avatar and housing accessories used in a student’s profile.

The greater number of correct answers students achieve, the greater the virtual world they create.

Volney fifth grader Ceara Johnson said she has utilized the program both at school and at home to help sharpen her math skills.

She and several other Volney students recently completed the school’s own Sumdog Challenge, where students were tasked with answering at least 300 questions correctly during the holiday break in order to earn 300 bonus coins.

Johnson said she answered 311 correctly from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2.

She encouraged all students to complete Sumdog questions daily in an attempt to achieve a spot on the school’s leaderboard.

When children log onto Sumdog at home, parents may monitor their child’s activity and progress.

All questions asked also align with the school’s math curriculum.

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