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McPherson Magnet School is part of Orange USD, located in southern California. A K8 magnet school focused on science, math and technology, McPherson has been open since 1997 and serves 900 students. The school’s mission includes valuing a range of learning styles, utilizing a variety of learning tools and strategies while extending the learning environment beyond the classroom.

Teaching math in middle school is challenging! Teachers deal with adolescent volatility, a wide variance in student ability, and a surprisingly sophisticated set of mathematical ideas. Adding to these challenges, the new Common Core assessments probe students’ understanding of mathematical concepts at a depth not previously widespread on State tests.

By integrating technology into mathematics classrooms to complement face-to-face instruction, educators can provide uniquely individualized learning for all students. This web seminar, originally broadcast on August 28, 2014, featured administrators and a blended learning expert, who shared successful approaches for implementing this technique, including strategies, tips for modeling blended learning for elementary mathematics, and as well as first hand comparisons of student growth with the amount of time digital tools are used in each classroom.

Middle school is a time of development, discovery and transition for students, as well as an exciting and powerful time for math education. Math starts to get more complex, and students must build connections between content. This web seminar, originally broadcast on September 22, 2014, featured blended learning expert Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, who shared research and findings from successful implementations of blended learning in middle schools across the nation, as well as lessons learned and best practices for blending middle school math.

Provided by: 
McGraw-Hill School Education
Publication Date: 
1/7/2015

Research has shown that participation in professional development increases self-efficacy and potentially overall mathematics scores.

For the 21,000 students of Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle, the goal of the district’s administrators is to involve as much interactive technology in learning as possible. 

For grades 3–12, ALEKS is an adaptive online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn't know. Educators can use detailed progress monitoring on student mastery of Common Core and other state standards. ALEKS Math courses are available in both English and Spanish.

Year: 
2014

This online program helps students become proficient in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. ExploreLearning Reflex is adaptive and individualized. It also continuously monitors each student’s performance to create the optimal experience for every child. Educators can also monitor and support student progress.

Year: 
2014

This online adaptive math program made up of Common Core-aligned and standards-based lessons provides students with a personalized and engaging learning experience. KnowRe’s interactive learning map looks and feels like a game with its quest-like assignments and star-based rewards. Students can access more than 1,000 math concept videos when they need targeted support.

Year: 
2014

From the nonprofit organization MIND Research Institute, ST Math engages students’ spatial-temporal reasoning capabilities to help them understand and solve multi-step math problems. It is available for K5, Fluency and Math+Music modules, or as a secondary intervention unit, designed for struggling students or as a complement to any math curriculum.

Year: 
2014

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