Talking to teachers at NCTM – it’s not just a game!

Posted by Josh Kanagy on Dec 6, 2012 3:47:00 PM

NCTM - Josh next to Einstein
Josh Kanagy – a little taller than Einstein.

I am Josh Kanagy, an account executive with Wowzers.

Last week, I attended the NCTM Regional Conference in Chicago as an exhibitor. Many attendees stopped by to learn about Wowzers. It was a great opportunity for Wowzers to talk to some of the 4,000 teachers, administrators and others involved in math education.

It was interesting to see the initial perceptions of Wowzers from the set-up in our booth. At first, many thought it was just a game.

True, the art in the booth indicates we are clearly aimed at elementary classrooms, but I aimed to show educators that in our engaging virtual world, kids are taught complete math content - content that comprises core math curriculum for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. While Wowzers looks fun and playful (which it is), it is also very powerful.

Wowzers does so many things well! It:

  • Supports differentiated learning
  • Allows for customizable experiences
  • Enriches the 21st century learner
  • Unpacks CCSS
  • Teaches kids how to deal with CCSS assessment styles
  • Engages students fully in the classroom
  • Gives teachers access to real-time data for each student
  • And the list goes on!

As I showed the Wowzers demo to educators, it took very little time for them to understand how powerful it is. As we walked through examples of the 3,000 learning objects -- tryouts, lessons, practices, games, quests and quizzes -- for 33 weeks worth of content, the richness of the Wowzers product came through loud and clear. Suddenly, Wowzers was not just a cute little game anymore.

Seeing the math education community becoming so excited about Wowzers in their classroom makes me really excited -- can you tell? I can’t wait to take the Wowzers show on the road again in January when we exhibit at the Florida Educational
Technology Conference (FETC)
in Orlando.

Topics: Common Core Content, Wowzers Tales

Wowzers is a comprehensive online math program covering all Common Core State Standards for grades K-8. The research-based program adapts to each learner and allows for an individualized path through the curriculum. Content is presented in multiple ways, and appeals to tactile, auditory, and visual learners. Assessments mirror those found on high-stakes achievement tests and provide teachers and administrators with the information that they need to personalize learning for each student.

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