Local schools are proving ground for new version of popular online Algebra Nation tutoring program

By vlearninglab|May 17, 2018|News|0 comments

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –- This spring, hundreds of students throughout Alachua County are testing a new version of the popular, locally developed, online tutoring platform known as Algebra Nation, with 19 Algebra 1 teachers incorporating the teaching tool into their daily math lessons. And so far, the teachers say they are seeing the benefits in the platform’s new high-tech features. Algebra Nation is a web-based learning system created and launched in

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“A Critical Review of Personalized Learning”: A summary of our AERA discussion

By vlearninglab|May 14, 2018|News|0 comments

The Virtual Learning Lab team hosted a session titled “A Critical Review of Personalized Learning” during the 2018 American Educational Research Association conference in New York City. The interactive session, held April 13th, was hosted by a group of national experts in the field of personalized learning. These participants include: Dr. Danielle McNamara of Arizona State University, Dr. Jan Plass of New York University, Dr. Barbara Means of Digital Promise,

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Alachua County public schools try out new Algebra Nation features

By vlearninglab|April 1, 2018|News|0 comments

The original Algebra Nation is a self-guided learning platform, similar to Khan Academy. Students can watch instructional videos in which dynamic personable teachers explain concepts and demonstrate solution steps,, try out practice problems, or ask for help with problem-solving strategies in a discussion area staffed by volunteer peer and teacher experts. The UF Informatics Institute analyzed data from more than 80,000 students and found that in the 2015-2016 school year,

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Algebra Nation helps struggling Florida students pass Algebra End of Course Exam

By vlearninglab|April 1, 2018|News|0 comments

Success in an algebra course is a predictor of college readiness, college enrollment and future employment. In Florida, student must pass an end-of-course (EOC) exam in basic algebra to qualify for high school graduation. But getting through a algebra exam is challenging for many students. In Spring 2017, 38% failed the exam, and 73% of those who were taking it for a second time failed again. Dr. Walter Leite, Dr.

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“A Critical Review of Personalized Learning” Join us at AERA 2018 in New York for an open discussion

By vlearninglab|March 31, 2018|News|0 comments

“The challenge for our education system is to leverage the learning sciences and modern technology to create engaging, relevant and personalized learning experiences for all learners.” National Education Technology Plan, 2010 The idea that personalized instruction is best has become very popular. But what is actually meant by personalization, and does everyone agree? What are the costs involved in creating a customized experience for every learner? Does personalized learning mean

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Dr. Beal referenced in new EdSurge article

By vlearninglab|August 12, 2017|News|0 comments

“At the nearby University of Florida, another education researcher recently received nearly $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education for a “precision education” effort. “I thought I came up with the term,” says Carole R. Beal, a professor in the College of Education there who leads the project. Like the other researchers, she says she set upon the term after following developments in precision medicine. But Beal

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