TuvaLabs is a math assignment creation and assessment tool that customizes questions based on students' interests. The system is designed to allow teachers to efficiently provide personalized and relevant instruction that engages students to become invested in their own math learning, as well as track the learning progress.
Upon logging in, teachers can input and see all of their classes, each of which has a unique code number that they can share with their students to bring them online. Teachers can track classes’ progress, as well as individual student’s within each class, monitoring completion and mastery of each assignment and topic.
To populate the class lists with quantitative data, teachers can use TuvaLabs to create assignments and assessments. First, teachers can generate assignments either for the entire class or for particular student; they can also select a topic that is linked to its math Common Core standard. Second, teachers can search the TuvaLabs database for examples of assignment questions and formative assessments that are aligned to the Common Core and the next generation assessment types that are being developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia.
After the teacher has delivered the assignment, students log in and complete their “interests” profile. This data, which includes topics like favorite sports or food, is used to present each student with problems for that particular assignment that align with their chosen interests. Students can choose which problems they find most interesting in order to complete their assignment.
There is a free 30-day trial of TuvaLabs, which then becomes a paid subscription. TuvaLabs currently doesn’t sell directly to teachers, which means that schools have to buy-in to access the product for all of its students. TuvaLabs conducted small scale paid pilots with public middle schools during the 2012-2013 school year, and the schools paid anywhere between $15-$30 per student for the year. However, they are currently experimenting with offering and pricing model.
TuvaLabs was founded in March of 2012 by engineers Harshil Parikh and Jaimin Patel. Their mission is “to enable real-world based, truly personalized math learning.” They are developing parent and publisher facing products as well, and they have already integrated with a Philadelphia newspaper.The TuvaLabs team is based in New York, and they debuted the product in March of 2012. TuvaLabs has accumulated over 1,000 student and teacher users as of October of 2013.
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