Teachers are busy people. Their job is not only lecturing students and teaching. They have to grade papers, formulate lesson plans, communicate with parents, attend workshops, be counselors/mentors to students... the list goes on and on. Time is precious to educators. So when we introduce our platform into the classroom, it will not disrupt it, but enhance it. How? We want to:
A. Give the teacher meaningful content to teach with
B. Promote classroom discussion and dialogue
Give teachers meaningful content
We don't want teachers jumping through hoops when creating an assignment through the app. We have a system that allows teachers to create and assign problems for students, but we know it's not where we want it to be. Eventually, we want them to use the resources they already have and are familiar with when creating assignments, whether it be pdfs or docs. "Do you have a library of lesson plans already created in Word? Fantastic, our platform can integrate those for you already. Just drag and drop your file and the math assignment will be created for you!"
We also want to create a 'community' of sorts among math teachers to make it easier to find assignments to give to students. If you created an assignment that was very successful in your classroom, why not share it on our platform? Teachers can upvote ones they found most effective and see data such as 'how many teachers used it?' or 'what common core standards does this teach?'. Have a student who created an amazing thinklet that you think other teachers should see? Promote it on the app!
The possibilities here only scratch the surface. Imagine being able to share resources with not only teachers from your school, but teachers from around the globe. While we want students talking to each other on our app, we want teachers to join in on the discussion as well.
Promote classroom discussions
We want math classrooms to be full of group discussions where kids are sharing their thinking processes with their friends. Students will be able to share their problem solving methods through thinklets, short videos explaining what they did and how they did it. They can choose to share it with whoever they want to: student groups, friends, or everyone on the platform. Because students' thinking is now visual and aural, teachers will be able to pinpoint where students are struggling and provide assistance where it is most needed.
But what about the students who do well in math? While our platform helps teachers identify where and how to provide help, we want the platform to encourage stronger students to help novice students. Maybe a student is terrific at math and helps tutor other students in the class. Or perhaps they make awesome thinklets that can be used as examples for other students. Our goal is to make the app accessible and appeal to every student, regardless of skill or background. If we can achieve this kind of diversity in the platform, it will make the class discussions all the more interesting and meaningful.
Where do you think our platform fits in your classroom?
To sum everything up, the goal of our platform is to rethink the way math is taught by promoting student discussion and collaboration. We want the platform to give teachers meaningful resources to use and to be able to share in a community. Lastly, we want the app to appeal to all students and be accessible to everyone.
If you're a teacher reading this (btw, sign up for the beta here if you're interested), how would you use the platform? Post any thoughts, comments, or suggestions below. Thanks!