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Everything You Need to Know About Blended Learning

Posted by Sam Cressman on 1/3/20 3:31 PM

Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Differentiated instruction. Online learning. Hybrid learning. The "flipped" classroom. Blended learning.

With both education instruction and technology changing so frequently, sometimes it can feel difficult to keep up with the trends and terminology.

Let's take a deep dive into blended learning, including:

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Topics: Education Policy, Education Technology, Math Instruction, Teachers

Everything You Need to Know About the Common Core (CCSS)

Posted by Sam Cressman on 1/3/20 3:31 PM

The Common Core is arguably the largest education initiative in the United States of the last decade. Since its official launch in 2009, very few if any education topics have received as much positive and negative discussion and feedback as the Common Core. 

With such a massive impact on education as a whole, let's unpack the Common Core to better understand its history and present effects as well as envision what both state and national education standards will resemble moving forward.

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Topics: Education Policy, Formative Assessment, Math Instruction, Teachers, Schools

From Scantron to Personalized Learning: A Teacher's Decade in Review

Posted by Bara Levitt on 1/3/20 3:16 PM

When I started teaching in 2010, the technology in my classroom and school building was extremely limited. 

I remember visiting another school during a professional development session and being amazed by their handheld clickers and by a system in the corner where students could feed in a scantron and immediately receive a set of questions printed out just for them.

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Topics: Holidays, Classroom, Education Technology, Teachers, Schools

Can Assessments be Celebrations? Reframing to Create Lifelong Learners

Posted by Reba Nelson on 11/27/19 9:24 AM

My instructional decisions as an educator are driven by my goal of helping students grow into lifelong learners.  

I grew up on a farm of over 1,000 cows in central Minnesota with six siblings and two loving parents. My dad and mom encouraged us to try new things, to fail, and to learn from our mistakes. The concept of having a growth mindset has always been their philosophy. I am thankful my parents raised me in a home where trying, failing, learning, and trying again was the norm. 

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Topics: Classroom, Formative Assessment, Teachers

The Targeted 10: Personalized Review for Each Student in Minutes

Posted by Bara Levitt on 11/14/19 8:47 AM

What would student learning look like in your classroom if you could regularly provide each of your students with an individualized review assignment created just for them?

Now, imagine the process of creating these review assignments for each student. It’s a difficult  and time-consuming feat to say the least.

Recognizing the power of appropriately “targeted” assignments, we are excited to announce the Knowre Math Targeted 10. The Knowre Math Targeted 10 feature makes it possible for you to generate individualized review assignments for all of your students in just a couple of minutes. The Targeted 10 assignment is algorithmically-generated to focus on each student’s areas for growth within only the topic areas that you choose. 

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Topics: Knowre News, Personalization and Differentiation, Math Instruction, Teachers

3 Tips for Decreasing Math Student Frustration

Posted by Bara Levitt on 10/30/19 10:37 AM

“I don’t know…” vs. “I don’t know!”

When was the last time you had to admit that you did not know something? How did it feel to make that admission?

Last week a teacher asked me a question about a new Knowre Math feature and I simply did not know the answer. In that moment I felt frustrated and disappointed. I hate not knowing something that I “should” know. While I am not shy to admit “I don’t know”, the phrase itself will often come out in a deflated and disappointed manner.

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Topics: Students, Classroom, Math Instruction, Teachers

Plan Ahead with Knowre Math’s Lesson Assignment Feature

Posted by Bara Levitt on 9/30/19 4:05 AM

The Knowre Math Lesson Assignment feature is now available on your Teacher Dashboard! Learn more about the how, when, and why of this new feature below.

Q: Why should I make an assignment when I can just tell students what they should be working on? 

There are four main reasons to consider using the Lesson Assignment feature:

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Topics: Personalization and Differentiation, Classroom, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers, Schools

A Battle for Student Attention: What Teachers Can Learn From Fortnite

Posted by Sam Cressman on 9/16/19 8:03 AM

Just in case you haven't heard, Fortnite is an incredibly popular video game that seemingly every kid, teenager, and young adult is mildly (or seriously) addicted to.

Although it is easy to write-off Fortnite as just another video game, it is important to understand the reasons behind Fortnite's meteoric rise and sustained popularity. Furthermore, we can examine Fortnite and see what teachers can learn from Fortnite's expansive playbook that has made it the most prominent video game at this point in time. Let's review:

  • What is Fortnite? 
  • Why is Fortnite so addicting and popular?
  • What can teachers learn from Fortnite?
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Topics: Gamification, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

5 Questions to Consider when Integrating Technology into Lesson Plans

Posted by Bara Levitt on 8/26/19 10:24 AM

School districts, now more than ever, are relying on technology in the classroom. Where in the past there may have only been a few options to choose from, today the number of options is vast. Last school year, U.S. school districts accessed an average of 703 different EdTech tools every month. This represents a 28% increase over the 2017-2018 school year. With so many tech tools available, how can teachers go about deciding the what, when, and how of tech tool integration? As with many things in the classroom, the answer actually begins with a question, or in this case, 5. 

Here are 5 questions to consider when integrating technology into lesson plans in order to most effectively address student and classwide goals:

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Topics: Education Technology, Math Instruction, Teachers

When “Equal” Isn’t Equal: 3 Tips Towards Digital Mathematical Equity

Posted by John Standal on 8/20/19 10:13 AM

When you consider how to make digital math instruction equal and fair for all students, you are likely referring to the concept of digital mathematical equity. Initially, digital mathematical equity may appear to be simple and straightforward. However, as you scratch the surface, you can quickly begin to see how complicated reaching digital mathematical equity has become.

Defining Mathematical Equity

First, it is important to define the two components of digital mathematical equity: mathematical equity and digital equity. According to The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, creating, supporting, and sustaining a culture of mathematical equity can be defined as:

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Topics: Education Policy, Education Technology, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers, Digital Equity