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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seeking Digital Math Curriculum? | DreamBox Learning - White Paper

This guide below will provide information and criteria to help evaluate curriculum quality and use cases for implementing K-8 adaptive math software.

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In this buyer’s guide you’ll discover:

Five Essential Elements for Comparing Online Math Curriculum  
You’ll find answers to all of your questions surrounding the following key issues:
  • Focus, Coherence, and Rigor: These elements provide the foundation for  engaging each student in rich and rigorous curriculum to deepen understanding and improve achievement.
  • Deep Learning and Independent Problem Solving: Creating digital lessons, tools, and games that empower students to design their own solutions reinforces problem solving and other critical thinking skills. Even when a student is allowed to explore potential solutions, there is a real need to provide visual and auditory supports for vocabulary development, acquisition, and usage.
  • Assessment and Scaffolding: This category gets to the heart of how and when assessment is happening and the level of detailed feedback that is provided by the program.
  • Individual Learning Paths: The goal of personalized learning is that each student has their own unique learning path. Students must be allowed to exercise personal choice in the math curriculum in order to take ownership of their learning.
  • Classroom Partnership: Teachers must have access to informed reports that allow them to identify learning gaps and assess specific goals that enable each student on their individualized learning path.
The buyer’s guide writes in the conclusion, "There is an increasing demand for more rigorous K-12 math standards. Math experts have called for a greater focus on math education and an overhaul of the math curriculum. The new Common Core math standards emerged out of this process. The new standards revise the math curriculum so that students gain a deeper understanding of foundational math principles."

More rigorous standards will help students develop higher-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills—cornerstones of a globally connected world. Not only will students acquire a greater conceptual understanding of math, they will also develop procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to new situations...

All of the criteria included in this Buyer’s Guide contributes to deeper learning experiences in math.

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Source: DreamBox Learning