Brandywine adopts online math programPublished 10:09pm Thursday, October 11, 2012
From the chalkboard to the computer, math lessons are moving toward the future at Brandywine Community Schools.
Over the summer, Brandywine obtained a district-wide license to use Moby Math, an interactive, online learning program for student in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Michelle Horvath, a first-grade teacher at Merritt Elementary, is one of a few teachers who began using Moby late last school year as part of a trial run.
“I love it,” Horvath said at a recent school board meeting.
Students can access the program at any computer hooked up to the internet.
Horvath takes her students to the computer lab twice a week for 30 minutes to use Moby.
She likes it for several reasons, including the instant feedback it provides students and teachers as results are tracked in real time.
“I can see right away if a student is getting the right answer or the wrong answer, how many right answers they are getting and how much time it took,” said Horvath, who can perform an impromptu one-on-one session for any student identified as struggling.
The program also features video lessons and hints for specific problems.
“It sometimes gives a different way of looking at things so that the student has more than one way … if they don’t understand what we’re saying sometimes they can understand it through this way,” she said.
Moby Math also tracks a student’s proficiency according to common core state standards.
Horvath expects to see tangible results soon.
“I don’t think it will take more than a year to see impact,” she said.
“We are very happy with the results and some of the things we are seeing already.”