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  • You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that every education technology (edtech) publisher says their product works, and they all have some sort of supporting evidence. But oftentimes that evidence—if it’s fully experimental—is very scarce. In many cases, it’s just one study. Yet just that one piece of "gold standard" evidence is often considered good enough by educators when making a purcha...

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  • My introduction to the Associated Teachers of Math in Connecticut (ATOMIC) was the 2017 Fall Conference on December 4th, and the day certainly lived up to the group's bold acronym. Passionate discourse and a strong sense of community shone through in every workshop and presentation, as a wide breadth of math-related topics were addressed. The importance of engaging students in conversation as w...

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  • Mathematics can be a rich, playful subject, where students generate exciting new ideas to creatively solve tricky problems. But, from worksheets to typical online practice problems, much of the math content to which students are exposed is not very rigorous, and requires little or no creative thinking. Nigel Nisbet, Vice President, Content Creation, MIND Research Institute, analyzes the challen...

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  • Twas the day of Christmas, when all through the house,Not a creature was stirring...except for a (computer) mouse! While the stockings were hung by the chimney with care (around 6 AM) 823 youths logged in to play ST Math there! No longer nestled snug in their beds,But at their devices, learning math instead...

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What are Schemas?

  • The word schema has been used for more than 100 years by psychologists but unfortunately, in its long history, researchers have not settled on a clear and precise definition of what exactly is meant by it. Nevertheless, in the following, I will (hopefully) provide a useful description of what a schema is and how it is related to learning and education. A first hint of what a schema is can be d...

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  • Transformation often indicates innovation. It is the visionaries and changemakers that make the greatest impact on our world. At MIND, we continue to change in order to meet the needs of the students and educators that we serve. As education and technology transform, so do we. And as we transform, so do our ST Math schools, teachers and students. 

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  • Winter Break is great for spending time with family: feasting, singing, drinking cocoa and reading books by the fire. While many families will embrace reading together over the break, they may not think about or know how to incorporate math over the break.

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  • Cisco’s Global Problem Solvers initiative is fueled by the belief that "the world needs people who can innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents." As part of the initiative, Cisco works with individuals and organizations around the globe to leverage the power of technology in addressing issues like poverty, unemployment and inequality.

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  • At Pomona Unified School District in southern California, educators knew they needed a better way to reach all of their students when it came to math education. With a high English Language Learner (ELL) population, including many pre-kindergarten students, Pomona USD searched for a way to make math more accessible. They decided on ST Math, a visual learning program that builds a deep...

MIND Research Institute
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  • Tom Vander Ark is one of the leading voices in education today. As the CEO of Getting Smart, he is a tireless advocate for innovation in learning. He’s also a longtime supporter of MIND Research Institute, and demonstrated that support once again on Giving Tuesday, a yearly event centered around the encouragement and celebration of giving.

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  • Marlboro Township Public Schools utilize ST Math to personalize learning for each and every child in the classroom. Marlboro teachers are using ST Math to help students understand the abstract concepts that are often hard to connect with. By allowing students to progress at their own pace, the program dovetails neatly with the district’s focus on individualized learning. Learn more and play ST M...

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  • At Robeson Elementary, a school in Champaign Unit 4 School District in Illinois, educators take pride in fostering a growth mindset in their students and providing them with the right tools for success. Robeson's principal, Nick Gaines, brought in ST Math to give students access to engaging, personalized instruction and encourage them to become fearless problem solvers. Having seen th...

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • ST Math is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to deeply engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. Learn more and play ST Math at http://www.stmath.com ----------- About MIND: MIND Research Institute is a social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring that all studen...

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  • Educators know the importance of productive struggle, but the shift to transform math—from worksheets and lectures, to interesting and engaging tasks that enable students to think creatively—doesn't always come easy. Marlboro Township Public Schools developed a district-wide mission to move away from digitized math drills and put students in the mindset to think creatively and build p...

MIND Research Institute
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  • Michael Nagler, Superintendent of Mineola Public Schools, was looking for a way to help his students meet increasingly challenging state standards in math. But he and his team were convinced that more testing was not the right answer.  They decided to supplement their K-2 curriculum with ST Math to encourage productive struggle and creative problem solving in a low-stakes environment.

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • Last month I attended the annual Digital Media and Learning (DML) Conference at University of California, Irvine.  DML 2017 was packed with interesting studies and perspectives from education, media and technology researchers from around the world. My schedule of sessions focused on what researchers have learned about games and learning.

MIND Research Institute
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  • Rigor is what moves students into creative and effortful problem solving. It’s the type of learning that challenges, and occasionally frustrates as well. Effective instructional rigor has the power to expand students’ capacity for deeper understanding and intrinsic motivation. However, some common beliefs may be preventing teachers from developing consistently rigorous learning environ...

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • Education leaders from Marlboro Township Schools share how working through the puzzles in ST Math helps their students understand math concepts through productive struggle and experiential problem-solving. Learn more and play ST Math: https://www.stmath.com/ ----------- About MIND: MIND Research Institute is a social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematicall...

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  • We asked educators: “What does the term ‘mathematical rigor’ mean to you?” The answers might surprise you! Rather than bringing up being quick, precise or calculating, educators associated rigor in mathematics with creativity, application and problem solving.

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  • Less than half of the students in America are proficient in math and most students would rather eat broccoli than do math problems. ( Click to tweet) Yet we are asking more of our students than ever before. The Standards for Mathematical Practice raise expectations for our students, asking them to understand concepts, make connections and communicate their reasoning.  How can we get ...

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • There's a lot more to games than just fun and play. Games can actually facilitate learning in powerful ways. By nature, games can help develop productive struggle in students.  Educators continue to hear about the importance of productive struggle, but we're still in the early stages of exploring how to best foster this critical learning process in classroom experiences, especially wh...

MIND Research Institute
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  • Welcome to the South of the Sahara Family Math Night! Let's get families excited to to receive our GAME Journeys and prepare them on what to expect. GAME = Game As Math Experience. About MIND Research Institute: MIND Research Institute is a social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging problems. http://www...

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • Welcome to the South of the Sahara Family Math Night! Let's get families excited to to receive our GAME Journeys and prepare them on what to expect. This version has subtitles in Spanish. GAME = Game As Math Experience. About MIND Research Institute: MIND Research Institute is a social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world'...

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute
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  • Welcome to the South of the Sahara Family Math Night! Let's get families excited to to receive our GAME Journeys and prepare them on what to expect. We'll also tell families with little mathematicians where to go. This version has subtitles in Spanish. GAME = Game As Math Experience. About MIND Research Institute: MIND Research Institute is a social benefit organization dedicated to ensuring ...

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