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  • Tapping Toward a Better Understanding of Slope
    Thoughts of a traditional math classroom may bring to mind images of students sitting silently at desks while a teacher works through a math problem on the board. There could be more to this scene though. Perhaps one student is using her fingers to keep track of numbers while another quietly taps his pencil along to key points of the equation. These are both small examples of embodied ...
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  • Graph Path ST Math Game Preview
    Rather than teaching slope as a formula, this ST Math game uses technology and embodied cognition research to allow students to experience slope. Read more: http://blog.mindresearch.org/blog/tapping-toward-a-better-understanding-of-slope
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  • Making Math Second Nature
    Some of our knowledge of the world is so well ingrained in us, that we don’t even have to think about it. Consider a chair, for example. When we see a chair, we know immediately what it is and how to sit on it. We even know different ways to sit depending on if it’s a stool or an easy chair or a beanbag. And this is all automatic, without thinking about it. Our brain has rich network...
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  • Three Ways a Touch Screen Can Help Students Succeed in Math
    Fingers, blocks, pebbles and a myriad of other physical manipulatives are all tools helping students problem solve. But does that usefulness carry over when physical manipulatives give way to digital ones? The answer is a resounding yes! In her dissertation paper “Do Gestural Interfaces Promote Thinking?” published in 2011, Ayelet Segal, confirms that interactions with touch screens ...
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  • Learning by Tapping - Digital Manipulatives
    Because the action of tapping mimics discrete counting, it can be just as effective as counting pebbles or using fingers--even more so because a student can have unlimited taps, while he or she will eventually run out of both fingers and pebbles! Read more about the research behind using digital manipulatives to learn math: http://blog.mindresearch.org/blog/tapping-sliding-rotating
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  • Learning by Sliding - Digital Manipulatives
    The act of sliding a finger across a screen can quite naturally represent the continuous increase or decrease of an amount, which makes it an ideal motion for helping students understand number lines or volume. Similar to tapping, making the cognitive connection between the mental model and movement is more important than the action itself. Read more about the research behind using digital man...
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  • Learning by Rotating - Digital Manipulatives
    Rotating objects and shapes, whether in the real world or on the screen, can help students solve puzzles while reinforcing conceptual understanding and spatial awareness. In her study, Segal found that students who rotate shapes by sliding their finger across the screen solve puzzles with more accuracy than those who tap or click to achieve the same movement. In the video above, a student manipu...
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  • 7 Best Practices For Using Digital Manipulatives in the Classroom
    Try to think way back to when you first stopped using your fingers to count. (No, seriously. Take a second and try. Can you get back there?) Was it hard to stop your fingers from twitching? Did you find yourself imagining your fingers or another object in your head instead? Research on embodied cognition explores how physical gestures and manipulatives can benefit learning by stren...
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  • Digital Manipulatives Help Facilitate Math Comprehension
    Manipulatives are any objects that students interact with in order to learn. Math educators have always relied on physical manipulatives to teach concepts to students such as pie wedges to showcase fractions, fake currency to explore the value of money, or blocks to build number sense. With education technology becoming more common in classrooms, a new set of digital manipulatives is...
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  • What the Perception-action Cycle Tells Us About How the Brain Learns
     A toddler scoops up mud, loving the way it squishes between his fingers. As he brings the wet, cool clump to his lips his caretaker warns, “No! That’s gross!” He puts it in his mouth anyway and a moment later his face wrinkles, he starts crying and spitting out the dirt. Humans learn through this same basic process throughout life -- not by being told, but by doing. We’re hardwired t...
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  • Parent's Guide to ST Math at Home
    If you’re like many parents, when you hear the words “I need help with my math homework,” you’re filled with dread. The good news is that ST Math, the game-based instructional software, is like no other math homework out there.  Instead of showing students how to solve a particular problem, parents become the facilitator by asking probing questions to guide students through thei...
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  • Reducing "Summer Slide" with ST Math
    At the end of the school year, students relish the start of their summer vacation. “No more pencils, no more books!" some kids might chant. Even though the three months of bliss is a welcome break, many students don't seek out activities that will continue to enrich their young minds. As students turn their brains off for the summer, they can forget a great deal of what they learned ...
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  • 4 Steps to Student Success With Word Problems Using ST Math
    “Word problems are easy to teach!” said no teacher ever. We all know the truth - word problems can be wonderful opportunities for students to apply deep mathematical knowledge toward complex real world problems. But getting students there is the hard part. When it comes to tackling the challenge of teaching word problems, research can help guide us in the right direction. Here are...
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  • What is Ulam’s Number Spiral? [Downloadable Activity]
    A Number Spiral is Born In 1963, mathematician Stanislaw Ulam was doodling during a lecture. He was writing out positive integers (positive numbers counting by 1) in a grid where the number 1 was in the middle and the other numbers spiraled outward. 
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  • Course Round-Up: Summer Learning for Educators
    Looking to learn something new this summer?  Maybe you want to develop your personal learning network on social media, read a few new books, or take a course alongside other educators. Thanks to technology, we can take learning online and collaborate with educators around the country and the world. Plus, we can do many of these events or tasks in our pajamas, or even by the pool! Be...
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  • UC Irvine Launches Connected Learning Lab
    As a fellow anteater (Class of 2016, Paul Merage School of Business), I am excited to announce the launch of the Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at the University of California, Irvine campus. The Connected Learning Lab is an interdisciplinary hub for research and innovation that is uniquely focused on the both the connected learner and emerging digital technologies. Connected learning is...
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  • The Teacher's Guide to a Math Game Design Unit [Recorded Webinar]
    Students and adults across the world are engaged in playing all types of games. What if we could harness that enthusiasm for games as an instructional strategy? In this recorded webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to implement a math game design unit in your classroom, including: How to support the development of skills such as critical thinking, creativity and col...
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  • The Teacher's Guide to the Game-a-thon - Webinar
    Interested in joining our K-12 Game-A-Thon challenge? With students and adults all across the world engaged in playing all types of games; game based learning is a great instructional strategy for teachers. In this webinar you will learn about a free Game Design unit that uses the Engineering Design Principles to support students in designing their own math games; learn more about the Game-A-T...
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  • How Flexible Seating Can Transform the Classroom and Improve Student Engagement
    What is Flexible Seating or Alternative Seating? In traditional classrooms, students sit at desks or tables, often assigned to them. They may have limited opportunities to move around the room before an official break, but for the most part students stay at their desk or table spot. In flexible seating, the classroom is arranged to give a variety of options. Students can choose where...
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  • Students Collaborate to Solve Tricky Math Puzzles on JiJi Day
    JiJi, the penguin in ST Math, means different things to each student. JiJi is a friend, a math coach and a constant companion. JiJi Day, April 28, is an opportunity to celebrate that special relationship students have with JiJi and math learning. Thank you to all the schools who shared their JiJi Day celebrations!
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  • ST Math: Pre-K
    The Power of Neuroscience and Math Combined ST Math: Pre-K, developed by social benefit organization MIND Research Institute, offers a comprehensive math curriculum that meets the developmental and learning needs of your youngest students. ST Math: Pre-K combines a proven visual learning software component with teacher-directed activities and more to create a multi-modal math education experienc...
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  • Volunteers Put the M in S.T.E.A.M at Imaginology
    “A family that volunteers together, stays together,” tweeted Mike Limon after snapping a photo with his two sisters. Outfitted in signature blue “JiJi Volunteer” shirts, the three were prepared for a full day of facilitating hands-on activities at Imaginology, OC Fair & Event Center’s S.T.E.A.M. themed celebration.
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  • Fostering the Whole Child for Life-Long Impact
    What is the whole child approach to education?  Rather than focusing solely on students’ academic achievement, the whole child approach to education focuses on students’ well-being beyond the classroom. It's centered on the idea that preparing students for the future goes beyond preparation in academia. Whole child education proposes that we must educate students to be well-rounde...
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  • Celebrate JiJi Day With Math Puzzles! [Giveaway]
    Celebrate JiJi Day on Friday, April 28! JiJi is the beloved penguin in the game-based learning program ST Math. Every time a student demonstrates understanding of a math concept, JiJi crosses the screen, signaling success and leading the way to a more challenging puzzle. JiJi Day is an opportunity to celebrate math and the growth mindset JiJi encourages in students: perseverance thro...
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  • The Difference a Game Makes in Student Engagement [Video]
    It’s no secret that successfully engaging students requires educators to perform a tricky balancing act. Oversimplify a lesson and students may tune out, but plan a lesson that’s too challenging and students may become frustrated and give up. A special report from Indiana University reveals that 2 out of 3 students are bored in class every day, while 17 percent say they are bored in ev...
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  • Quality Instruction to the Core [video]
    Knowing where to start in aligning math curriculum to your math standards can be a huge challenge for educators. According to a recent survey from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 42 percent of educators report that the math materials available to them are not well aligned with the common core math standards. In addition, if educators are implementing different models and materials at ...

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