Innovate to Educate Entry

New Mexico State University

Barbara Chamberlin, Director, Learning Games Lab

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Math Snacks

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Regardless of socio-economic status, grade level, type of school, or education level of parents, research shows students consistently struggle with the same content in mathematics learning. To better understand this challenge, the Math Snacks team did extensive testing on the conceptual gaps related to math performance, with special emphasis on reaching students from underrepresented groups (including second-language learners). Then, mathematics educators, mathematicians, learning specialists and
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Enough hardware (e.g., computers or tablets) for regular classroom use
Adequate internet access
Teachers supported in integrating ed tech into existing curriculum

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