Teachley Awarded $300K in New Funding

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We are excited to officially announce that Teachley has been awarded two new federal grants totaling $300K to expand our product offerings for schools.

The first grant, from the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, will enable third party apps to integrate with Teachley Analytics. What this means for schools? Teachers sign in to one app which syncs their class lists with a variety of fun and engaging new apps!

Our second award is from the National Science Foundation to develop a fractions product line for 3rd-5th grade students. We’ll be reaching out to schools for beta testers of our new app, which we’re sure students and teachers will love!

Sharing devices: What this means for teachers and students

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We all know that tablets are best suited for personal use. But, let’s face it. Tablets are expensive and schools are on tight budgets. It’s also an enormous feat to roll out a 1:1 iPad program successfully (think LAUSD). Thus, the majority of schools (75% in fact) have students share devices.

This sounds like a great solution. Spend less money, have kids share.

 

But here’s the problem. The overwhelming majority of apps save kids’ progress locally on whatever device they are using and don’t have logins. These apps do not have a way to keep track of individual student’s progress (aka personalize learning) on shared devices. Now this may not be a problem for creativity apps, like Explain Everything or iBook creator, but for content apps this is a real problem, especially considering that a class of 25 first graders may have some kids who struggle to count correctly while others are ready for multi-digit subtraction. It means that when Malik plays a math app and gets to level 4 and he passes the iPad to Shania, she either has to start playing where Malik last left off (even if she should be on level 2) or she has to reset the game and start from the beginning again. All this talk about personalized learning goes right out the window when you’re dealing with shared devices.

 

So what are we doing to help?

At Teachley, we’ve heard from so many of you about the frustrations of having iPad carts or a station/center model where kids share devices but can’t save their progress. So, we developed classroom features, like the teacher login, that let’s you create a class list to let students continue playing right where they last left off, no matter what iPad they use.

 

Here’s how it works:

Teachers create a free Teachley account on our website: www.teachley.comWhen you create this account, you add your class list.

 

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The classroom teacher logs into each classroom iPad with her email and password. She only has to do this one time, for each of our apps. When a student presses the play button, he simply taps on his picture to keep playing where he left off.

 

Cart Model (A set of iPads that travels from classroom to classroom. Usually there are enough tablets for each child to have her own iPad, but not always.)

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The tech coordinator (or the teacher in charge of the cart) logs into the devices with a cart ID and password (Teachley connects all the classrooms together to create a cart ID for schools). The coordinator then logs into each iPad on the cart (Rest assured, this only happens one time). When a kid presses the play button on our apps, she first taps her teacher’s picture and then her own picture to start playing.

 

1:1 iPad Model:

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With a 1:1 iPad program, apps may save your students’  work, but if something happens to one of your devices or students need to switch tablets mid-year, they’ll lose all of their hard-earned progress. With Teachley, teachers with 1:1 iPads login to each classroom device once with their teachley account. Once logged in, a student simply finds her picture and the device automatically remembers it’s her iPad, even after the app is closed. (It’s easy to reassign the iPad if a child moves away or switches classrooms. Learn how here).

 

And, there’s more.

Because Teachley saves students’ progress, we’re able to give rich data to teachers about how students are doing and where they’re struggling. Check out a free trial of Teachley Analytics here.

 

Questions?

We always want to hear from our teachers. Send us an email at: info@teachley.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

 

We’re Springing into Action

We’re celebrating Spring with lots of exciting new product launches and updates!

App Updates:

Mt. Multiplis is now optimized for classroom use.  You can log in to your existing Teachley account and personalize the gameplay for each of your students. Watch the trailer below to see how it works. Download the update at bit.ly/MtMultiplis.

Don’t already have an account? No problem, it’s easy! Create your free account here.

 

An update for Addimal Adventure is also available. This update includes enhanced login functionality, especially for schools using shared iPad carts.

 

You’ve been asking for it, so we’re developing it. A Teachley subtraction app is currently in development. Expected launch: Summer 2015!

 

Free Trials to Teachley Analytics:

In-depth Reports

 

We know it’s been a busy year! If you haven’t had a chance to try our in-depth data reporting and intervention support features, now is the time. We’re opening up free trials to Teachley Analytics for the rest of the school year. End the year knowing how much progress your students have made. Use the reports during parent-teacher conferences or share your students’ success with your principal. Take a minute and sign up here.

 

 

PD Resources:

PD ResourcesWe’ve launched a new feature on the Teachley dashboard: PD Resources. Here, you’ll find a library of instructional videos designed to help you use apps to teach specific math lessons.  More resources, including quick assessment tips will be added soon! To access PD Resources, simply login to your Teachley dashboard here.

 

 

 

Have ideas or suggestions for other updates or new features we should develop?  Email us at info@teachley.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Instructional Video: Count on Larger Addend

In our first video, we showed you how to introduce the Count On strategy using the Addimal Adventure app. For example, 2 + 3 can be solved by starting with “2” then counting on three more: “3, 4, 5″.

An even more efficient way to count on is to always start with the larger addend, even if it’s the second addend.  To do this, we encourage kids to first choose the bigger number then count on from there. To solve 2 + 6, we can start with “6” and count on just two more, “7, 8″.

In this video, watch how you can use the same app to encourage counting on from the larger addend.

Common Core standards: K.CC.A.2; K.OA.A.1; K.OA.A.2; 1.OA.C.6

 

Do you have tips for teaching addition strategies? Share on Twitter: @teachley

Instructional Video: Using Doubles

Research shows that doubles facts, like 2+2 and 4+4 are amongst the first addition facts kids learn. In this week’s instructional video, find out how you can help your students learn to use doubles to solve near doubles problems, like 3+2 and 4+5.  Watch how the Addimal Adventure app makes this process visual and easy for kids to understand.

 

Common Core standards: K.OA.A.3; 1.OA.C.6

How do you use Addimal Adventure to teach addition strategies? Share on Twitter: @teachley.

Instructional Video: Near Tens Problems

Your students have mastered early addition strategies. Now what?

 

In this instructional video, learn how you can use the Addimal Adventure app to teach a mini-lesson on using combinations of ten to help solve problems like 8+3 and 9+2.

 

Common Core standards: K.OA.A.4; 1.OA.C.6

 

How do you use Addimal Adventure to teach addition strategies? Share via Twitter: @teachley

 

Instructional Video: Count On Strategy

We’re launching a new series of instructional videos to help you think about how you can use apps to introduce math skills and strategies to your students. New videos will be posted each week.

 

Do you have students in your kindergarten, first or second grade who continue to count one-by-one on their fingers when they add? Making the switch to Counting On when adding can be really hard for kids!

 

In our first video, find out how to use the Addimal Adventure app to teach the Count On strategy.

 

Common Core standards: K.OA.A.2; 1.OA.C.6

 

How do you use Addimal Adventure to teach addition strategies? Share via Twitter: @teachley

Free Trials of Teachley Analytics

What will you get?
  • Fact Fluency Reports: Quickly check which facts your students have mastered and which ones they still struggle with.
  • Common Core Reports: Track how well your students are meeting a variety of Common Core math standards.
  • Intervention Support: Easily group your students for targeted benchmark skills instruction. For example, find out who knows the zero rule principle and who’s ready for a near doubles lesson.
  • Supplemental Instruction:  Access a variety of supplemental classroom activities and lesson plans to support your curriculum.

 

What apps work with the free trial?

Both of Teachley’s operations apps can be used with your school’s free trial.

Addimal Adventure teaches important addition strategies such as count on, doubles, and combinations of ten for K-2 students.

Mt. Multiplis helps 3rd-5th graders learn the properties of multiplication, including the distributive property in a fun and accessible way.

Sign up for a free school trial today!
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The end of 2014: 6 Cities in 5 Weeks…

We spent much of the past few months touring the country (and even hopping over to Europe) to find out what educators and entrepreneurs are doing to improve teaching and learning. Here are some of our highlights from 6 cities:

1) Auburn, ME

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One of our favorite conferences is the Leveraging Learning Institute hosted by the Auburn School Department. It’s an intimate conference dedicated to sharing best practices for integrating iPad at the elementary level. This year’s theme was using the iPad as a tool for creation. We loved hearing teachers brainstorm how to use Teachley’s math apps in combination with creative apps like Explain Everything, ShowMe, or LoiLoNote School to extend the learning experience and assess for understanding. Stay tuned for more ideas on AppSmashing with Teachley…

2) Boston, MA

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We traveled to Boston to be part of the Edtech Teacher iPad summit.  It was so inspiring to see and hear about how educators are meaningfully incorporating technology into their classrooms.  There was a big focus on app smashing (term coined by Greg Kulowiec) this year. Check out this post for some great app smashing ideas with Addimals.

3) London, England

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We were flown to London for a very quick 2 day trip by the Breteau Foundation. We were finalists for their Innovation Prize and were able to share the success of Teachley Analytics with thought leaders and fellow edtech entrepreneurs. While we were only there a short time, we were able to meet some amazing companies, like Tutorfair, Ulu Lab, KeyWordsEnglish, among many others. And, we even had time to do some shopping and sample some amazing tea and pastries!

4) Indianapolis, IN

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NCTM’s first regional conference this year was in Indianapolis, Indiana. We presented about great math apps for encouraging strategies. Check out the webmix we created for the event. It was great to hear about how teachers are using Addimals and Mt. Multiplis in their classrooms.

5) Richmond, VA

In Richmond, we met more great NCTM teachers. We spent time presenting about great math apps, but we also had time to go to some great sessions, too. For those who haven’t checked out Dan Meyer’s 3 Act problems, they are inspiring. In a nutshell, he advocates taking the numbers out of our word problems and using a compelling visual to state the problem. Then kids get to identify what #s they need to solve the problem. I kept imaging how you could adopt that same thinking for the younger grades. Ideas?

6) Houston, TX

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The final NCTM regional was in Houston, TX this year. I went to a great session hosted by Zeno Math, a non-profit helping bring more fun and engaging math activities to schools and families. Check out their blog this month for the Twelve Days of Math Ways, featuring 12 different engaging math activities.