Langston Sumdog Math Contest Champs

Langston Sumdog Math Contest Champs
Posted on 11/12/2018
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In the Sumdog Math Contest organized by the Dawson Education Service Cooperative from Oct 26 - Nov 1, fourth grade students in Mrs. Jamie Limbaugh’s class won first place as a class overall during one day of questions, had six students finish among the top 10 in the competition, and had the 1st place finisher (BIG congrats to Trenton Moore!) for the most questions answered. In all, 206 students played in the region and answered 43,000 math questions.

Sumdog is an online learning service that offers engaging student learning opportunities via games on computers and tablets for math, reading, and writing skills. It is designed to keep the attention of students through game-based learning, while personalizing questions and tracking student progress through school standards. Teachers use Sumdog as another tool to track student progress, as a tool to let students practice newly learned skills, as a fun reward for students who finish work early, and in some cases - as a method to challenge students by participating in competitions like the Sumdog Math Contest.  

“Our students need cheerleaders, and Sumdog games and competitions make that easy for us as educators,” says Fourth Grade Langston Teacher Jamie Limbaugh. “Whether we are playing games or competing in contests, this platform gives students a reason to encourage each other and collaborate. My students have a ball with this and at the end of the day, I’m also confident that they are practicing important math skills, and being introduced to new math skills and critical thinking. I’m also receiving valuable data about how to do the best job that I can in teaching them, based on individual learning needs assessed by their progress through games and competitions.”

Sumdog Math Competitions may involve national classrooms that subscribe to the service, or may be organized for local schools by a regional organization - like the Dawson Education Service Cooperative (located in Arkadelphia). Contests are fun for students because they can track their progress in the competition against the progress of other classrooms in the region or in the U.S. The coolest part about the competitions and Sumdog games in general is that they are based on how many questions a student answers correctly and not on skill level. A student who does well in this type of online learning or competition may not be the student with the most advanced skills in the class, but the student who is answering the most correct questions for whatever level or skill he/she is mastering. The program tailors all questions to the student’s current learning level and skill set, determined by collecting data from pre-testing the student. It also allows for teacher input into the program.

Students can compete in Sumdog competitions during classroom time or at home by logging into their page. It allows students to challenge themselves at an individual level, and as part of a classroom team. Competitions identify daily classroom winners for collective classroom progress through questions in the program, and identify individual winners for final completed results. Any classroom with ten students willing to participate can play in competitions.

Congrats to Trenton Moore, and all students in Mrs. Limbaugh’s Class. We are proud of you!  Learn more about Sumdog offerings, here.  Learn more about our HSSD Langston Magnet School, here.  

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