ByteLearn

Differentiated middle school math practice has potential

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Grades

6–8

Subjects & Skills

Math

Great for

Differentiation

Price: Free
Platforms: Web

Pros: Step-by-step walkthroughs of problems; fun and encouraging AI bot; great teacher dashboard.

Cons: At the time of review, there's limited content and a few glitches.

Bottom Line: Adaptation, differentiation, engaging feedback, and an insightful dashboard speak to a promising platform.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

ByteLearn allows students to work on a variety of math concepts with a helpful step-by-step AI guide to walk them through each part of the process. Teachers can assign work to their class and then track how their students are doing through the extensive (and easy to follow) teacher dashboard. The interface is easy to use, and there are lots of hints and fun things for the students, like celebratory GIFs for getting the right answer! ByteLearn also uses adaptive/differentiated learning to provide targeted questions to individual students based on their previous responses. The walkthroughs are wonderful: well-paced, friendly, and thorough. Struggling students will definitely find them helpful. Plus, there are links to further explanations of key terms. And if you need a printable, there are a few downloadable worksheets as well.

While the step-by-step guide does allow for ByteLearn to be used as an introduction to topics, it's far better utilized to assess student learning of materials first taught in class. The teacher dashboard also gives plenty of insights as to where both individual students, and the class as a whole, may be struggling, allowing for the teacher to adapt and focus on targeted concepts in class. 

One important note: At the time of review ByteLearn has limited materials available for grade 7 only (with grades 6 and 8 to be released "shortly"). There are also a number of glitches on the site and a few issues to work out from both the student and teacher sides. For instance, while there seems to be a read-aloud feature for the walkthroughs, it didn't work during testing. Multilingual support would also be helpful, as would a place for students to create visual models. Once more materials are added and the glitches are worked out, this could be a powerful addition to any classroom. 

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Engagement

ByteLearn uses an adaptive AI bot to engage with students in a fun way and provides encouragement (and fun GIFs) along the way. 

Pedagogy

Detailed step-by-step hints and walkthroughs of problems help students learn and provide encouragement at each step of the way. 

Support

There are lots of hints for students and teachers alike -- but the product is unfinished and could use additional features like multiple languages and a place for students to create visual models. 

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Pamela Brittain
Pamela Brittain Academic Coordinator K - 12

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