Wowzers Teacher Feature Blog

Posted by Reed Howard on Dec 18, 2016 9:05:00 PM

Patricia Manns, from Knox Middle School in the San Diego Public School District, has been using Wowzers in her classes for three years. She has been teaching K-8 math for twenty years and is an Education Specialist in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development.

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Topics: Personalized Learning, Technology in the Classroom, Common Core, Case Study

Updated study shows Wowzers gets results

Posted by Reed Howard on Dec 11, 2016 8:05:00 PM

Are you concerned that your students aren’t showing progress in understanding mathematical concepts? Do you need a program that engages students , assesses their ability, and provides a personalized learning path ?

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Topics: Technology in the Classroom, Case Study, Data

The Science of Learning

Posted by Reed Howard on Dec 4, 2016 9:00:00 PM

Schools districts and parents around the world are witnessing a paradigm shift in the way this generation of students are taught, including what part digital education should play. While many new companies offer skill and drill digital content, very little attention is being paid to the science of learning that addresses the “whole child.” This type of learning includes cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and reflective/reward aspects.

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Topics: Personalized Learning, Technology in the Classroom, Brain-Based, Digital Learning

The "Smart" Connection Between Personalized Learning and Educational Technology

Posted by Reed Howard on Nov 27, 2016 8:00:00 PM

It’s difficult to deny the fact that striving to create a personalized learning environment within your classroom is a great method to help students achieve learning gains. In an ideal setting, we all certainly would like to personalize our instruction methods to meet the interests, preferences, and learning needs of each kid.

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Topics: Personalized Learning, Technology in the Classroom

Educational Big Data's Emerging Effect on Personalized Student Learning

Posted by Reed Howard on Nov 20, 2016 8:00:00 PM

 

For the past few years, businesses, corporations, and even political bloggers have made efforts to harnessbig data to better inform themselves (and the world) of trends, interests, and predictive Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 3.06.16 PM-1.png
action. The big data movement is now making its way into the education field. Much like data allows websites, search engines, and even brick-and-mortar stores to figure out who you are and what you like, schools are realizing that large student data sets and analytics can help educators provide customized and personalized education paths.

Don’t get mired in numbers, instead focus on student learning

Unless your title is Educational Data Scientist, the massive amount of numbers, data points, and spreadsheets synonymous with big data is most likely a bit overwhelming and frankly a bit over your head.

And, that’s totally fine! The following sections detail how educational technology resources help you avoid the crunching of numbers, and instead offer more valuable instructional time utilizing data analysis to improve individual student achievement.

Leveraging educational data in today’s classroom

In a general sense, the ability to use data to offer true personalized learning experiences based on interest, learning goals, and pacing is a welcome progression. The idea of inputting student "symptoms" and immediately receiving real-time feedback on the best approach for a student or group of students is beyond encouraging.

However, the validity of big data in schools is directly tied to proper and efficient application. Predictive tools that enhance learning for individual students are readily available, but they must work well and they must be easy for educators to use.

Seek tools and resources that help educators design a personalized blended learning curriculum that collects data at every step of the Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 3.16.26 PM.pnglearning process, but also quickly interpolates the data for easy educator use. Doing so allows the educator to adjust a student’s learning path at the click of a mouse without getting mired in the depth of numbers and data points.

To achieve this, the personalized learning EdTech resources you seek out should include:

  • Easily accessible progress reports
  • Descriptive usage reports
  • Curriculum customization ability at the teacher and administrative level
  • Customized learning activities and interactions, based on difficulty and pace
  • Blended learning problem solving activities that develop critical and creative thinking.
  • Assessments that measure “ depth of knowledge “

Effective EdTech Data Tools are readily available

The great thing is, implementing personalized learning through data sharing is already possible. Big data and big analytics can be brought into the K-12 classroom on a useful scale with online services including learning management systems, student information systems, and valuable EdTech resources that collect and return useful analytics for all educational stakeholders (teachers, students, administrators, parents, etc.).

These resources are all designed to meet needs of learning standards and individual learning goals, while also providing teachers with tools to deliver personalized education to each and every student.

Quickly identifying areas of needed reinforcement and/or enrichment also provides more time for valuable one-to-one instruction and the scaffolding of needed critical thinking and analysis skills in collaborative settings.

Use Big Data as a Stepping Stone and then know your students well enough that you are sure they are on the right path

Certainly, new technology needs to be applied carefully, checked and adjusted at every step. We’d be remiss to not be cautious with the technological potential of educational big data, specifically the chance that the technology is simply wrong about a student’s projected learning path.

As MIT professor Mitch Resnick , creator of the EdTech learning too Scratch, notes:

"I wouldn't want to be limited only to what a machine suggests for me. If it's central to my experience, if I'm categorized in a certain way and pushed down a certain path, it could make a much worse experience for me. The machine could have students avoid things they might have been interested in."

We must use data to help quide an individual learning path but monitor that path not only through technology but one to one interaction with the student to make sure that we do “get it right.'

The key is to view the benefits of big data and prescriptive educational technology as a “jumping-off point” for the personalized learning process, instead of the end-all-be-all. Big data and big analytics – combined properly with the solid instincts of the classroom teacher's experience and talents - can give educators an unprecedented means to combine educator intuition and understanding with suggestions from technology to create an effective and efficient learning experience.

Share your experiences with Educational Data in your classroom or school

Has your leveraged educational data to enhance personalized learning? What are some of your limits or blockers when it comes to your ability to utilize the data on a student-to-student basis? We'd love to hear your stories and successes!

 

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Topics: Personalized Learning, Technology in the Classroom

Wowzers Teacher Feature Blog

Posted by Reed Howard on Nov 6, 2016 8:00:00 PM

This month we are featuring Catherine Romero, a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with 20 years of experience. She teaches at Central Elementary, part of the Belen Consolidated Schools, which has been using Wowzers since early 2015.

In Catherine’s fourth grade class, students use Wowzers on Windows desktops, iPads, and Mac laptops several times per week, in 30- to 45-minute segments. Here’s what she has to say about Wowzers:

Currently we are on multiplication and about five students really understand the concept and have their multiplication facts memorized. I love that they can go on in the Wowzers program without waiting for others. Oftentimes they are on my classroom computers while I'm working one-on-one with students that need more individual help.

My students last year showed great improvement in math, but honestly, I think Wowzers helps with reading comprehension skills too. Students read or follow along a lot with the program, but it's in a fun way and they don't even realize the amount of reading they've actually accomplish in a session.

I just love Wowzers. It's like having another 23 math teachers in class!

Catherine’s Teacher Tip:

Know your students. Some students need to be advanced through sections or they lose motivation and get bored. I require each student to keep a math journal that they often refer to.  The journal shows their work so I can see how they are solving problems and their notes are a good reference for them.   

Central Elementary’s principal, Emily Sisk-Layman, fully supports Catherine’s enthusiasm for Wowzers as well. She reports:

From what Ms. Romero has shown me, I see that her students are engaged in the program and are working on very specific skills. She has shared with me very informative data reports on her students’ progress on those skills. She has shown me how she can provide feedback in the constructive response format on student tasks.

I would recommend the program to the schools simply for the fact that I see that students are highly engaged in using the program and are involved in tracking their progress.

We love hearing from teachers and administrators who are using Wowzers in innovative and creative ways!

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Topics: Personalized Learning, Wowzers Tales, Technology in the Classroom, RTI, Common Core, Implementation Examples

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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