MIND Research Institute has announced their new web-delivered ST Math: Integrated Instructional System featuring their neuroscience-based instructional math software for K-5. The announcement was coupled with the introduction of their new ST Math: Fluency software for basic math facts.
Both incorporate MIND's visual approach using spatial temporal reasoning. This game design continues to be rapidly adopted across the country, and to deliver remarkable results for schools, according to the announcement.
ST Math: Integrated Instructional System
The new web-delivered ST Math: Integrated Instructional System marks a new category of comprehensive, integrated teaching and learning tools. The formerly "supplemental" instructional software is now woven into core instruction for both teachers and students - complementing any third-party instructional materials. The new system includes online professional development modules for their use. A dedicated support staff and regional or onsite teacher briefings round out the math solution.
The system combines enhanced math content from MIND's ST Math software with assessment, improved student reporting, and new features and functions for teachers and students. Teachers and students can access the system in the classroom, lab, or at home, to maximize learning time. The system will be available to schools as a site license in the summer of 2010.
The core of the learning system is over 200 games, which present virtual manipulatives that illustrate math standards, help the student visualize problem structure, and efficiently identify paths to a solution. The learning system's new design is partially funded by grants from the Cisco Foundation. It adds multiple new layers to the core innovation of MIND's language independent math games.
Teachers have real-time access to a wide variety of data-driven reports to evaluate student mastery of standards, review individual student progress, identify where interventions are needed, and more. Within the system, they can assign students pre- and post-tests to assess math proficiency and learning, bring the software into a classroom setting on interactive whiteboards, realign content to complement their classroom instruction, customize lessons for groups of students, and assign homework.
The content is now more tightly integrated with state and national standards. All content is aligned to state math standards and reporting is in terms of percent mastery of the standards. Districts, schools, and teachers also now have the ability to order and sequence the math content to match their textbook, pacing guide, or benchmark schedule.
ST Math: Fluency
ST Math: Fluency helps students build math fluency - defined by the National Math Panel as accurate, quick, and effortless retrieval of basic math facts. The use of animated virtual manipulatives enables an intuitive process of learning that makes basic math fact recall effortless. This automaticity frees students' working memory for problem-solving.
MIND's visual approach ensures that students memorize their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts with a solid conceptual understanding of the operations, according to the announcement.
ST Math: Fluency helps students gain fluency by incorporating visual proofs, adaptive training techniques, and animated informative feedback. For basic math facts a student doesn't yet know, an animated visual proof is used to show the value of the fact. Instead of passively watching the animation, students actively manipulate the pieces and perform the proof themselves. By actively controlling the proof, students are able to see that it is built on meaning and logic instead of simply being something to memorize.
ST Math: Fluency uses adaptive training and continuous assessment to ensure students receive the volume and timing of practice they need to develop fluency in basic math facts. The software accelerates a student past content that they demonstrate fluency in, while periodically probing that content to ensure that fluency is maintained. Built-in assessment detects if a student needs additional practice in a particular area and adapts to provide the student with the practice they need.
This new fluency program, targeted at grades K-5, is an option delivered on the ST Math: Integrated Instructional System. It will be available to schools as a site license this summer.
Source: MIND Research Institute, www.mindresearch.net/