PITTSBURGH — Think Through Learning announced today that their award-winning web-based learning system, Think Through Math, designed to prepare students for rigorous next generation math assessments, will include a series of powerful new educationally-oriented games for the start of the school year.
Think Through Math integrates adaptive online web-based instruction, motivation, and instant live tutoring from state-certified math teachers into a powerful and innovative math support system for students and teachers.
“Our mission at Think Through Math is to motivate students to think mathematically.” said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Math. “Placing educationally effective games at the exact point where they maximize math understanding supports our mission to help kids. The students we serve don’t have time to waste – every second they’re on the system has to be purposeful.”
Think Through Math’s software automatically personalizes learning pathways for students. Each pathway is customized to each student’s specific needs and includes grade-level content aligned to that student’s current and targeted math comprehension level. Games are now a critical cognitive building block in each lesson, and are designed to activate prior knowledge.
“Using games to activate prior knowledge is key to ensuring that students build on prerequisite knowledge to better comprehend each new lesson,” said Scott Adams, VP Product Management at Think Through Math. “In partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education-trained instructional designers, we created consumer-quality games that are fresh, fun and math-centric. Each game reminds students how much they already know, reinforces mathematical relationships, and gets them excited about learning more.”
Think through Math’s intelligent and adaptive system anticipates errors and provides feedback to correct misconceptions. In games, the feedback is designed to scaffold – helping students focus on what’s essential for winning the game. “Multiple levels of dynamic feedback helps students understand the concept, understand the mistake(s) being made and take a correct action,” said Adams. “You win TTM games by doing the math – not by driving quickly and not through speed or facility with game play. In all cases, what advances you is doing math correctly. If you don’t get it right, you’re provided with in-game dynamic feedback.
One of the most popular components of Think Through Math is the high quality of the feedback the system provides at every step. Students receive on-going positive reinforcement – a crucial step in instructional design. Think Through Math schools across the country continue to report dramatic and sustained gains in math performance as a result of implementing the company’s instructional solution.