Engaging way for students to learn estimation which is a hard skill to tackle!

Submitted 9 years ago
Connor  P.
Connor P.
Technology Coach/ Afterschool electives teacher
My Rating

My Take

The tool works well as a review and learning tool, and also applies to gifted students where it can challenge them with both solving problems and creating them in the easy to understand app. The application is engaging and keeps students moving through a variety of questions -- all of which apply to national standards. As a teacher I would like a bit more control over the sequence of questions asked, but I feel strongly that the application is a good enough tool that random questioning works well here.

National Common Core Standards ask us to help students meet the standard of:
Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

This program does this in multistep problems which engage students and bring critical thinking to the forefront of each exercise.

How I Use It

I use this program for:
* Remediation and review of concepts at grade level for students needing more practice.
* An assigned practice for students to complete with their parents as followup at home.
* A way to challenge kiddos when they have completed an assignment. They review questions in the application, and then design questions that meet criteria we set as a group and share these questions with their peers.
* I have students work in pairs using the application to quiz each other and then they design further questions that we challenge each other with in the classroom for review.

What worked: This is engaging, paced to the needs of the kids, and keeps them focused on math and multistep problem solving. It is hard with some of the random questions, but overall it is still very beneficial for further study and remediation.