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App of the Week: Adaptive math for flipped or blended classes

By Stephen Noonoo
June 6th, 2016

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Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of Graphite.org, a free service from Common Sense Education. Click here to read the full app review.

Redbird Mathematics

What’s It Like? Redbird Advanced Learning Mathematics is a digital curriculum platform for in-class or blended learning use that incorporates robust, research-based adaptive technology. Teachers can assign students to grade-level learning tracks or let them sort themselves with a course placement activity. Students then work through a series of exercises to demonstrate prior mastery (Show What You Know), learn new concepts, and then practice what they learned. Along the way, students unlock math-based games and ultimately finish each section with a project to apply their new understanding.

Price: Paid

Grades: K-7

Rating: 4/5

Pros: Excellent adaptive technology, powerful digital manipulatives to build conceptual understanding, great design, and cross-platform compatibility.

Cons: Still not great for kids who really struggle or really excel; most learning is a passive experience, and kids could use more hands-on or discovery work.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for courseware for your nontraditional classroom, this is based on solid research and proven technology.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.