Thursday, October 6, 2016

Study Ace - a new tool for studying concepts or vocabulary

This week I introduced a new app/program that we are piloting in the 7/8 called StudyAce. It is a "game" based program that helps learners practice matching definitions and words, as well as identify categories that words fall into. It is a brand new program and I am working with its development team to see how it is received by learners, and to help find ways to make it more powerful and useful in the classroom. I have attached the sign in directions on another blog page (note: I only have permission to have student accounts, so parents please resist the urge to make your own account, instead ask to see your child use it in action!) It is also available as an app on an ipad or iphone.

(Study Ace) sign on directions here.

One of the reasons I am piloting is to help learners master the incredible vocabulary that is presented and expected to be mastered in the 7/8. Just today we had a deep conversation about what diagonal and adjacent mean in geometry versus casual language. As adults, we often forget how nuanced the language of mathematics can be. In an effort to be precise, which is necessary for re-creating problems and working on them consistently, it can feel like the language of mathematics is simply obtuse.

We will be reviewing math vocabulary regularly. I will post vocabulary lists, with accepted definitions on google classroom and in this blog.