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The Great Debate: Fractions vs. Decimals

Monday, December 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

The Great Debate: Fractions vs. Decimals

Presented by Zach Wissner-Gross, PhD, Product Lead, Amplify Education; and Drew Corley, PhD, Senior Learning Scientist, Amplify Education
Sponsored by Amplify Fractions

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Fractions and decimals. Decimals and fractions. Two alternate representations for the quantities between whole numbers. Both have their uses, and both present unique challenges to students.
We attempt to settle once and for all which representation is superior: fractions or decimals. In this edWebinar, Dr. Drew Corley makes the case for fractions, while Dr. Zach Wissner-Gross argues on behalf of decimals.

This light-hearted debate reviews the history and mathematics of fractions and decimals, and will dive into pedagogical challenges and strategies for each. By the end of the debate, learn some new facts and insights about fractions and decimals, as well as some new teaching strategies and connections between fractions and decimals. Which one do you prefer?

Grades 4-8 teachers, coaches, and specialists will benefit from watching this recorded session.

Zachary Wissner-GrossAbout the Presenters

Zachary Wissner-Gross, PhD has worked at Amplify Education since 2015, where he has led development of Amplify Fractions, an adaptive, story-driven approach to mathematical instruction. Zachary previously co-founded School Yourself, an online learning platform used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. He has launched the first two adaptive massive open online courses (AlgebraX and GeometryX) and authored three interactive textbooks in high school and college mathematics. Zachary completed his undergraduate education in physics and biology at MIT, and went on to earn his doctorate in physics from Harvard University, where he was a Hertz Fellow and received the White Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Drew Corley, PhD is a senior learning scientist at Amplify Education, where he and his team have developed Amplify Fractions—an adaptive, story-driven approach to mathematical instruction. Drew is a former NBPTS certified teacher in mathematics (EA) with seven years of classroom experience at the high school and collegiate level. During and after graduate studies, Drew has focused heavily on the topics of assessment, and upper elementary- and middle-grades students’ learning and understanding of mathematics, particularly in the rational number domain. He received his BS in mathematics and MT in secondary mathematics education from the University of South Carolina, and went on to earn his doctorate in mathematics education from North Carolina State University.

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Amplify Fractions is a digital learning program, laser-focused on fractions. It’s where adaptive learning meets great storytelling, giving students personalized instruction, feedback and practice—all in an animated story-driven environment. Students don’t just learn fractions, they learn to make sense of fractions.


Monday, December 10, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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