Wowzers Encompasses The Universal Design for Learning!

Posted by Reed Howard on Sep 11, 2016 8:00:00 PM

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework used to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people. It is based on scientific insights on how humans learn. UDL addresses the why, what, and how of learning.

The Wowzers Online Math Program embraces the UDL and as such, also addresses the why, what, and how of learning.


The Why of Learning

“The why of learning calls for engagement.”

Wowzers engages students through story-driven learning with animated characters, cognitive and skill-based video games related to math content, and problem-solving in a massive virtual world with an online reward system that keeps students attentive and driven to learn.



The What of Learning

“The what of learning calls for representation of information to be presented in different ways.”

Content in the Wowzers Math Program is presented through numerous representations. For example, multiplication is shown as an array, as an area, as skip-counting on a number line, in a word problem, as an inverse equation, and as math facts to memorize through gameplay.


The adaptive features in the text of the program also offer numerous ways of explaining concepts. For example, if a student struggles with a particular word problem, they may receive messages encouraging them to look for keywords, draw an image to help them solve the problem, or work backwards. Additionally, the offline performance tasks allow for mathematical  problem solving through discussion, movement, and hands-on activities.


The How of Learning

“The how of learning calls for action and expression differentiating the ways that students can express what they know.“  

Throughout the Wowzers Math Program, students have numerous ways of expressing what they know through adaptive learning lessons, extended response questions, and performance tasks that call for creative problem solving and group discussion.


Using The Universal Design for Learning, the Wowzers program allows teachers to customize student learning through its robust Teacher Dashboard.


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Topics: Blended Learning, Personalized Learning, Technology in the Classroom, RTI, Standards

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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