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Chad, @CoachNiedert
Mathematics Teacher (Grades 9-12), Highlands High School (Fort Thomas Independent Schools in Fort Thomas, KY), Kentucky
1:1 devices, College prep classroom, and Blended learning classroom

Our school recently rolled out a 1-to-1 program where each student was provided a MacBook Air for the school year. With this change, our district was prepared to provide new resources for our various mathematics courses. There are many products marketed for a 1-to-1 scenario for the courses up until Algebra II (assuming Geometry precedes Algebra II). After Algebra II, many of the resources are marketed towards the college level. In our search to find textbook-type resources that had products that were enhanced by our student's access to the Internet, we were searching for an improved assessment and assignment experience for mathematics.

Product Use: Although WebAssign can be used to assess students understanding, I used this product for my Pre-Calculus courses. We had the Larson textbook, and many of the problems available in the print version of the textbook were accessible through WebAssign so student could experience a similar assignment experiences through WebAssign.

What Worked and What Didn't: I enjoyed all of the options to customize settings. For example, I could vary due dates. I pretty much just dragged and dropped which problems I wanted to assign. I also was able to provide students multiple versions of the same assignment with the values changing amongst students. I could also make it set so that students could have multiple attempts at a problem. The immediate feedback helps students assess what they know.

As far as what didn't work, I found that students had a tough time staying organized with their work since they were completing problems one place and then having to type in the answers in another place. I wish there was a way for the student's work to be inputted and or assess in an efficient manner. The assignments can be created such that there is room to provide work, but it is inefficient from the student's perspective.

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Jul 7, 2016 Provide Feedback
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