As the school year winds down and textbooks slowly reach the finish line, I look to find fun ways to practice and review skills. We play more games, take more field trips, and often increase our online presence, as electronic time is something I typically put more limits on during the school year. This was a perfect time for us to review both the Typing Tournament Online program and the Maths Invaders Online program from EdAlive.
EdAlive is an online learning resource, curriculum-aligned, based out of Australia. They offer a variety of programs, including math, literacy, spelling, vocabulary, typing, etc.
These programs are aimed at students ages 5-15. Some start as early as 4 years of age and, of course, can continue until the necessary skills are acquired. They are always expanding and, as you can see in the image above, will release four more programs soon. These programs work on all devices, including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, and computers. There are no apps to download as these programs are completely online — all you need in an internet connection. We focused on the Typing Tournament Online program but also had some fun in the Maths Invaders Online program.
Typing Tournament Online
When you start the Typing Tournament Online program, you learn about proper posture and correct finger placement. You aren’t required to start at the beginning if you already have some tying skills under your belt — you can adjust the level to start at your skill level. The progressive lessons slowly introduce all the keys. Each lesson
- introduces 4 new keys
- demonstrates proper finger placement and usage
- teaches skill through practice drills
- increases accuracy and speed
- expands the following skills
Parents are able to monitor their students progress through weekly reports, progress reports, and speed reports:
Unlike some other typing programs, EdAlive has tried to capture the student’s attention with a fun medieval tournament theme and maintains their motivation by having the student follow an adventure map as they progress through 16 medieval environments and compete missions.
We liked the fun theme and liked to see our progress on the map. It was fun trying to beat our accuracy or speed scores. I liked that the kids could log in and the program would guide and direct them independently, and I could monitor their progress through the various reports. We will continue using Typing Tournament Online.
Maths Invaders Online
The Maths Invaders Online program is a fun space themed program designed for kids to practice math facts and increase their speed and accuracy. They build math fluency in the following areas:
- Times Tables
- Squares and Square Roots
- Powers, and more!
Students embark on a galactic mission, leveling up to new characters as they progress through the levels.
All skills are sequential and are taught using the mastery approach where students are required to show a certain level of proficiency before moving on to ensure understanding and readiness. Students are also able to start at their current math level and are not required to start at the beginning. As a bonus, they have a worksheet generator, so you can target specific problems your student needs to practice.
Have you tried either Typing Tournament Online or Maths Invaders Online? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. If not, why not try out their Free 3 Day Home Trial? Be sure to click on the banner below to read more reviews of EdAlive.
Till Next Time,