IXL Pinterest Contest Winners

Check out our winners’ boards for fun educational ideas!

April 17, 2015


At Home, In the Classroom

Last month, we kicked off the launch of our Pinterest page with a contest encouraging people to discover and pin ideas that reflect IXL’s mission to make practice feel like play. We received many thoughtful and creative entries, and here are the three winners of the IXL Practice That Feels Like Play Pinterest Contest!

 1st place – Anthony H.

Winner of an iPad Air

We loved Anthony’s board, which he filled with pins of hands-on math and language arts ideas, from printable activites to outdoor games. Anthony makes practice feel like play in his offline life as a volunteer at an after school program for kids. “When I help them with their homework, I try to make it feel like playtime so that they stay motivated to finish it,” he says.

IXL: Why is it important to you that practice feels like play?

Anthony:  It’s very important to me that practice feels like play because when kids are engaged and having fun that’s when they are learning the most. Growing up, I was always interested in playing outdoors rather than sitting indoors learning or doing homework. I had a short attention span like most kids my age and I couldn’t retain much information when I was bored or being lectured in class. Luckily, I had awesome teachers who made most of their lessons like fun activities rather than all lectures. I remember struggling with multiplication in 3rd grade, but one day my teacher switched things up by playing a multiplication game with us and all of a sudden everything just seemed to click. I was having fun “playing” but learning at the same time.

IXL: What was your favorite activity you discovered while pinning for this contest?

Anthony: The outdoor math games – there’s just something fun about being outside, exercising, using your creativity and learning!

IXL: Congratulations on winning! Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Anthony: I had fun with this contest and I can’t wait to share these activities with the kids that I mentor. As I mentioned on my board, I come from a family of teachers and anytime that we can get kids inspired and motivated to learn is a huge accomplishment! I want to say a quick thanks to my Aunt Kara, a first grade teacher, who let me borrow her “school background” for my title pins. A big thank you to IXL.com as well, for inspiring me and others with this contest!


2nd place – Lee C.

Winner of an iPad mini

Lee, a middle school teacher, impressed us with her STEM-focused board, which highlighted hands-on activities for biology, chemistry, real-world math, and more!

IXL: Why is it important to you that practice feels like play?

Lee: When you ask students to practice course content by working problems from a text or handout, you can actually feel the class climate sink. When you ask the same students to practice the same content (even using problems from that text or handout) while playing a variation of a popular board game, completing a scavenger hunt, or anything incorporating their smart devices, you will immediately have the attention of everyone in the room. You see their eyes get bigger and they start to wiggle with excitement. Practicing while playing creates a “fun” climate where students are actively engaged in not only the content but the behaviors games foster: collaboration, effective communication, and problem solving/reasoning (just to name a few).

IXL: What was your favorite activity you discovered while pinning for this contest?

Lee: I really enjoy seeing and hearing my students collaborate to accomplish a goal, so the pins pertaining to team building activities are my favorite.


3rd place – Christine P.

Winner of a 1-year IXL math and language arts membership

Christine started her board off with an insightful quote from Albert Einstein: “Play is the highest form of research.” Her pins were definitely fun, with a mix of crafts, science experiments, motivational quotes, and more!

IXL: Why is it important to you that practice feels like play?

Christine: I always felt that play is essential in learning to keep kids interested and wanting more. I learned there are plenty of information out there if you just look for it on Pinterest!

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All Comments (10)

tomas April 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm

this is a comentary from a kid, so don´t fel sad if I tell you my opinion(were kids dude!) i think Ixl is a cool way to learn thing, BUT when you want to learn then, our teachers are always forcing us to do problems so its kind of borring, but personally I thin this is super kaway dudes,

keep chilling,


The IXL Team April 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

Hi Tomas, thank you for sharing your feedback with us, and we’re glad to hear you like learning on IXL! We know homework can be boring sometimes, but we try to make IXL fun for students to use!


manaya June 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm

can you make ixl more fun like make some mini learning games?I would love it.


The IXL Team June 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Hi Manaya, thank you for your suggestion about the games – we will pass it along to our development team!


Natalie July 31, 2015 at 7:41 am

Could you make a thing where you could have a daily goal for IXL? Like if your doing 8th grade math/ELA then the goal could be 500? Or one for each? That would make it easier because I use Firefox and I have to keep getting the Adobe Flash thing. You could have it show like a sign like when you sign in and it could say, “You’ve met your daily goal!” or something like that.


The IXL Team July 31, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Hi Natalie,

Thank you for your suggestion about having a daily goal – we will pass it along to our development team!


adele June 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm

I wish I knew about this! Is this going to go on again?


The IXL Team June 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

Hi Adele–We don’t have any plans at the moment for another Pinterest contest. Have you entered our Study in the Sun summer contest? http://blog.ixl.com/2017/05/19/win-prizes-this-summer-with-ixls-study-in-the-sun-usage-contest/


catlover August 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

when will the pinterest contest be this year?


The IXL Team August 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Hi there–We’re not running a Pinterest contest this year but we frequently hold other contests throughout the year so keep an eye out!


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