In case you haven’t been in school for a decade or three, the depth of education technology has moved well past The Oregon Trail and Math Blasters. Meet some of the new industry leaders:
DreamBox: With each correct or incorrect answer, this smart application learns more about what a K–5 math student needs to master the curriculum, and helps him get there. “[It] seamlessly integrates instruction with assessment,” says CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson, “to deliver millions of individual learning paths.”
Edmodo: This platform has the feel of a Facebook group for individual classrooms, allowing a teacher to keep students organized with assignment reminders and engaging them with polls and out-of-class discussion while also interacting with parents about progress.
Think Through Math: Only 67 percent of all eighth-graders at one Texas middle school passed the state standardized test for math aptitude. But of the 29 students the school identified as most likely to fail, and then put through intensive study in this program for one month, 81 percent passed.
MasteryConnect: Through the company’s MasteryTracker software, teachers can track data to assess a student’s understanding and progress in a particular curriculum, enabling more focused instruction and precise, detailed reports to parents and administrators.
Quizlet: Its app won the Gates Foundation-Facebook HackEd 2.0 hackathon in April. It prompts students to translate a friend’s Facebook status into a foreign language to unlock their own smartphones.
Edumacation: Created by a Facebook team at the same hackathon, this app forges pathways to college by connecting high-schoolers to college students with whom they share experiences