Innovative Math Series Teaches Elementary Data Analysis Through Authentic Context and Interactive Activities

Learning Today, Inc., a South Florida-based reading and math software publisher (http://www.learningtoday.com), announced the release today of their new Adobe Flash-based data analysis math series for grades K through 5. This release completes the company’s already extensive online elementary Smart Tutor math program. These new data analysis math lessons are designed to cognitively engage students and increase their intrinsic motivation to learn through the use of student-centered, content-related, purposeful interactions in a game-like setting.    The program’s new lessons include age-appropriate themes, characters, and animations that are of interest to elementary students as well as older, struggling learners in middle and high school.

Innovative Math Series Teaches Elementary Data Analysis Through Authentic Context and Interactive Activities

“With Learning Today’s new data analysis lessons, students learn to collect, represent and interpret relevant data using frequency tables, pictographs, single and double bar graphs, and line plots. The lessons are designed to engage students in a sequence of data analysis processes by formulating questions, collecting and representing the data, and taking into account whether their data gives them the information they need to answer their questions,” stated Nora Jaegerman, M.Ed., Director of Mathematics at Learning Today, Inc.

Initial student testing of these new data analysis math lessons and activities has indicated a high level of student engagement due to their real-world context, fast pace and game-like interface design. Students who struggle receive specific feedback and detailed explanations, including rich animations and audio, in a fun and encouraging way. In addition, Learning Today’s new adaptive instruction logic ensures that students in need of additional support continue to receive more practice exercises, while students that do not are able to move on quickly to higher-level concepts.

Learning Today’s Smart Tutor reading and math program is research-based and provides placement assessment and individualized instruction. Its online learning management system allows educators to use reports to improve teaching and learning, manage individual lesson plans, and provide information to encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education. Free teacher resources include a teacher forum, as well as reading games and math games for whole group instruction.