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Five Ways to Make a Classroom Pilot Successful

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

After piloting in hundreds schools all over the US (and beyond), Mathspace has mastered the art of a successful classroom pilot. Mathspace has broken the process down to five "signs" to look for in a successful pilot: Engagement, Differentiation, Transformation, Data, and Empowerment.

Engagement

Mathspace gives students immediate feedback every step of the way, encouraging them to continue working as they receive automatic reinforcement. If a student struggles with a problem, they may decreetly seek support using Mathspace's layers of scaffolding or video tutorials. Mathspace adapts to students' skill levels as well so they remain reasonably challenged.

The result of such a setup is student engagement; walking into Spencer Wagner's class in a Colorodo school, a Math Department Chair exclaimed, "All these kids are just... going!" In an inner city school in Chicago, a student excitedly told his neighbor, "I just got 182 points! How many points do you have?"

This point system contributes to a real-time leaderboard showing the top scores of students across classes. Points are awarded based on effort, encouraging students to keep working in Mathspace. In one case, a student surpassed her teacher on the leaderboards and posted a screenshot on Instagram!

Differentiation

Mathspace provides the tools for students to work on different math problems, view different tutorials, and progress through lessons in different ways simultaneously. Mathspace adapts to the student, allowing you to easily differentiate between your students' needs. Students may move freely through their learning pathway. If a student finds they are not ready, however, Mathspace will be their to guide them and help them fill in the gaps.

Transformation

Mathspace transforms classrooms by promoting confidence and positive change, giving students the opportunity to take charge of their learning while being there to guide them. Such a transformation allows teachers to spend less time grading and more time observing or individually assisting their students.

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Data or Insight?

Mathspace's step-by-step process allows teachers to see how their students tackle problems and where they may struggle the most. Teachers love being able to see their students' work so easily, and soon, Mathspace will be releasing an administrator dashboard allowing teachers and administrators to see the information they need at a glance (and zoom in if necessary) and examine how their students are progressing towards curriculum mastery.

However, data is only one piece of the puzzle. What teachers and administrators want is not only data, but insight. The right kinds of data must be collected, not just anything or everything. From there, the data must be organized in a meaningful way. For example, an insightful use of data to a teacher would be reports of where students tend to "hit a wall" in their work.

Empowerment

No technology could ever replace the educator. Rather, it may empower them. Mathspace wishes to empower students, teachers, professors, and administrators alike. But how?

Mathspace is dedicated to making sure teachers are prepared to use Mathspace in the classroom. Mathspace provides the professional development necessary to optimize classroom usage. Furthermore, students, teachers, and administrators can give Mathspace feedback at the touch of a button.

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