Athena High School teachers Lisa Gross and Kelly Davis have pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone in order to maximize student engagement and achievement. These teachers continue to impress others with the way that they can interact and connect with students of all ability levels. Although Mrs. Gross and Mrs. Davis have achieved great success with a variety of teaching methods, they have challenged themselves to increase the use of technology in their classrooms. Understanding that all students learn differently, they began using the Aleks computer program to differentiate and meet the needs of their wide range of learners in their Algebra/Geometry Connections.
Hagerty and Smith (2005) found that students who used Aleks showed significant improvement in algebra, both short-term and long-term. This program pre-assesses students to determine their present level of mathematical competency, finds their learning patterns, and helps students to build upon their knowledge base at their own pace. By using technology in the classroom, the goal is that all students will demonstrate higher achievement on class assessments and be able to discover and discuss mathematics more effectively.
Practical Strategy: Integrate computer software, such as Aleks, into your math instruction.
Reference: Hagerty, G., & Smith S. (2005). Using the web-based interactive software Aleks to enhance college algebra. Mathematics and Computer Education, 39(3), 183-194.