New online tools enhance high school math class

The high school mathematics department at ASIJ has introduced some new web-based learning tools for their students this year.  Algebra 2, Pre Calculus and AP Calculus courses are using Renaissance Learning online outside of the classroom to support the learning happening in the classroom.

According to Jack Lynch, CEO of Renaissance Learning, “With Accelerated Math Live, teachers can easily tailor their instruction to the personal needs of each student.”  Teachers design assessments for students to take online and receive instant feedback.  Students are then given an opportunity to practice problems on objectives they haven’t yet mastered and given an opportunity to retest.  Sophomore Jen Higa likes Renaissance Learning because “It is a chance for you to see what you know and correct your mistakes without focusing too much on your grade.”

Spencer Ringwood, an AP Calculus student, working on Renaissance Learning to complete homework before a big football game later in the day.

Spencer Ringwood, an AP Calculus student, working on Renaissance Learning to complete homework before a big football game later in the day.

Algebra 2 students have also been introduced to WebAssign, another online instructional and assessment tool.  Students complete practice problems daily to check if they have a solid level of understanding of the assigned concept.  Teachers then use the feedback to guide their instruction and design class activities to maximize student learning.  Sophomore Sarah Faller commented, “I love how we can do homework quizzes at home so we have more time in class available with our teacher.”

Although face-to-face discussions with teachers is the best way to get help, the Algebra I and Algebra 2 Google+ communities are another resource.  All members of the community can post questions, write responses, and share ideas.

Please contact any high school math teacher if you’d like more information on our usage of technology in and out of the classroom. (Julie Rogers, HS Math)