Games and Apps for Supporting Young Students with Mathematics Difficulties
According to American School Board Journal in 2006, 40% of US kindergarteners are already one to three years below grade level when they first enter public school. The most recent data from the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that 58% of US fourth grade students are below proficiency level in mathematics (The Nation’s Report Card, 2013). With the new Common Core State Standards, many educators have questions about how to provide math activities for students who are performing below grade level while simultaneously addressing the Common Core State Standards. Using math games like those found in the Todo Math app for iPad can be an effective way to hone mathematic skills and to engage all kinds of learners. In this webinar from edWeb’s PreK-3 Digital Learning community, presenters Jessica Reisfelt (Education Specialist and Game Designer) and Hye Kyung Lee (Assessment and Evaluation Specialist) shared engaging math games for the iPad and physical math activities that can be used for instruction and student learning in inclusive pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms — activities designed to allow all students to work independently, at their own pace. Webinar attendees learned who is at risk for mathematics difficulties; underlying risk factors (speech and language delays, neurodifferences, low socioeconomic status, English language learners); common math concepts that are tricky for young students to master; and how to build a solid foundation for early mathematics with iPad apps.
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