Cignition provides math students with a virtual world and games to learn math concepts. Cignition’s initial activities focus on fractions and are designed for students in 5th-6th grade. This initial fractions package is free to use, though future sections of the program will require payment to use.
Students using Cignition each receive their own virtual world called “Fog Stone Isle.” Students navigate the world, building farms, houses and other structures in order to populate it. Cignition integrates math tasks into the building in order to help provide meaning to the math being done. Each student’s world is unique, and teachers are encouraged to allow students to showcase their worlds to each other. This sharing must be done “in real life,” rather than through the program itself.
Cignition’s initial activities focus on fractions. For example, in one activity, students must manipulate fractions correctly in order to build a building on the island. Cignition presents students with a group of bricks, each of which represents a faction of a whole wall to be built. Students must manipulate the fractions and combine them so that they add up correctly to a specific integer, which in turn represents one wall built out of their building.
If teachers choose to teach lessons using Cignition, they can choose specific problems within an activity that they would like to model. Teachers can also generate “quests” for individual students by indicating to the program which concepts the student needs help learning and how many problems should be completed.
Cignition’s teacher dashboard allows teachers to monitor their students’ progress through learning concepts. The dashboard breaks down a larger topic like “fractions” into smaller pieces like “like denominators, finding lowest common denominators, etc.” Teachers receive data on the master of individual students in each topic, as well as on class progress as a whole.
As of September 2016, Cignition’s fractions lessons are free for teachers and students. Future portions of the program will require payment to use.
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