BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — Fifty West Virginia schools are needed for a four-year study focused on a new digital math curriculum for elementary schools from a nonprofit organization called Reasoning Mind.

Scott Darling, Reasoning Mind enrollment specialist, said the curriculum, which uses technology to increase student engagement and give students and teachers instant feedback, is already being used in schools in Cabell County and Marion County with success.

“We’re in West Virginia because the state, as a whole, has put a huge focus on digital learning programs and integrating technology in the classroom, so we’re really excited to work with a state that puts an emphasis on finding innovative approaches,” said Darling.

The results of the study, he said, could lead to the math curriculum to be applied statewide.  The National Assessment of Education Program recently ranked West Virginia’s fourth graders 42nd in the country for math.

“In a normal classroom, you have a textbook that the teacher stands up and presents the material to the class.  You have one presentation, one style of learning and the students either get it or they don’t, based on their abilities,” explained Darling.

“With Reasoning Mind, it’s individualized.  Each student has their own learning path that gets them through at the level they need.”

Enrollment for the study is available at http://mathimpact.net/.

Darling was a guest on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

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Comments

  • Joe

    The silence of the AFT and WVEA on this potentially valuable program is deafening.

  • Marianne

    Reasoning Mind has teacher involvement too and teachers get support. Their website explains it all so it isn't just a computer teaching the kids but computers helping teachers teach. Don't know about you but my kids teacher knows nothing about math.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    is algebra harder now than in the mid 70's when i took it? my teacher was boring as all get out but most of my classmates did c's or better?!

  • Gilbert Gnarley

    The latest snake oil for parent, teacher, and student enjoyment.

    More $ down the tech hole.

    Someone at the WVDE is working on their dissertation and needs (egad) "data".

  • Flash

    Teachers do NOT want computers to teach the children. Do not place the blame on teachers for these types of programs. Nothing in this state is decided by teachers.

    • William's Mom

      So why was there all this ipad training this summer for teachers and the roll-out of smarthones in the calssrooms recently? I saw nothing hut support for those programs in all the new, including this site?!

    • jm

      your right....... most I teach with don't. They fear that when the child is able to learn it from using the computer, but not them......... that tenure will no longer protect them in their safe, secure position.

  • Boo Hoo

    Translation: We are going to let the computers do the teaching then throw hissy fits for a raise.

    • jrr63

      Go be a teacher for a month and see how well you do at it.