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Why Partnerships Between Tutoring Providers and Math Learning Platforms Make Sense: Lessons Learned from the ASSISTments + Cignition Partnership

Connecting tutors to real-time data from class through an integration with a math learning platform is a promising solution to the challenge faced by tutors: limited insight into what students are learning during core instruction, including a lack of real-time data on student progress on those concepts.

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Teachers For Research & Feedback (TFRF) Researcher Spotlight: Anthony Botelho

This month, we shine a light on Anthony Botelho, Research Scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute who has been working on the federally funded project focused on helping teachers provide meaningful feedback to their students more efficiently, known as QUICK-Comments.

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Apply to become an ASSISTments Certified Trainer!

Become certified in an award winning EdTech tool for free! Application period for this opportunity has ended.

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Spring Recruitment: ASSISTments seeks diverse 7th grade math teachers using OpenUp, Illustrative Math, Engage NY and/or Eureka Math - Paid Opportunity

ASSISTments is seeking diverse 7th grade math teachers with experience using OpenUp, Illustrative Math, Engage NY and/or Eureka Math for a paid opportunity to support the development of two new features within our platform.

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Teachers For Research & Feedback Outcomes

After 6 months of offering opportunities for teachers, the Teachers for Research & Feedback team would like to share some outcomes and contributions from a few of their impactful education studies geared towards improving the ASSISTments platform.

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Do you assign open response questions in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in EngageNY, Eureka Math, Kendall Hunt Illustrative Math, or OpenUp? ASSISTments seeks teacher-users for beta testing of a new feature! - Paid Opportunity

We are looking for ASSISTments teacher-users who teach 6th, 7th or 8th grade and use EngageNY, Eureka Math, Kendall Hunt Illustrative Math, or OpenUp Resources.

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Spring Recruitment: New or Novice ASSISTments Users (7th Grade Math) - Paid Opportunity

ASSISTments is looking for new or novice ASSISTments users to join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) during Spring 2021 (Jan - May)!

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I’m the Only 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher at my School. Professional Learning with ASSISTments Breaks Down Silos.

This middle school math teacher joins ASSISTments professional learning to get into her "blindspot," by seeing how other teachers are responding to the same challenges and setting the pace in their classrooms using the same flexible tool.

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Educators and Researchers Use ASSISTments to Test Best Practices

ASSISTments holds a unique position in the edtech space due to our passion for learning science and the bridge we build between educators and researchers to drive advances in education research. This post delves into two of the key components of that bridge.

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The Future of Mathematics Education: Using Artificial Intelligence to Provide Efficient Feedback

Adapted from NCTM 100 Days of Professional Learning talk on how QuickComments allows teachers to give feedback powered by AI.

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Can student learning improve using teacher crowdsourcing in online learning platforms such as ASSISTments?

TeacherASSIST is an ASSISTments feature that leverages teacher crowdsourcing to amplify and support teaching and learning across all ASSISTments users. Read more about our work and research using crowdsourcing.

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My Experience at the Intersection of Teacher Professional Development and Edtech Research

7th grade math teacher Thea Durling spent two years on the TeacherASSIST project, developing hints and exemplars to support other ASSISTments users in providing personalized feedback to students

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Web-Based Homework Provides New Opportunity for Students and Teachers

In this study, we put the ASSISTments platform to the test to understand the impact of artificial intelligence in education for web-based homework in comparison to traditional homework. We found that students learned reliably more in the web-based homework condition, even without the benefits of additional tutoring features such as hints and feedback messages.

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Rigorous Study Shows ASSISTments Works

SRI International ran an independent study on the efficacy of ASSISTments. This study allowed ASSISTments to meet the highest What Works Clearinghouse standard for “positive effect without reservations” and to receive a Tier 1 rating by Evidence for ESSA. The study showed that with the use of ASSISTments supported student learning as a whole and helped close achievement gaps.

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Parent Involvement Can Support Student Math Learning

This study explores the ability of an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) to increase parental engagement in student learning. A parental notification feature was developed for the web-based ASSISTments ITS that allows parents to log into their own accounts and access detailed data about their students’ performance. This research investigates the impacts of parental involvement on student learning outcomes.

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Students Retain Math Skill Mastery Through Reassessment and Relearning

We ran a randomized controlled trial on two ASSISTments features: Skill Builders and Automatic Reassessment and Relearning System (ARRS). Skill Builders allows teachers to assign individual skills practice sets and ARRS automatically reassesses students on these skills. Our study showed greater performance on those skills that were reassessed and relearned.

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Win $100! Refer a teacher to ASSISTments

2019 Video Competition. Students, share how ASSISTments helps you learn.

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Year Long Study on Homework

Over 2800 students from 43 schools from Maine participated in a year long study. 75% of students improved, find out how we affected them in a positive way.

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Paid Opportunity: Help Us Design A Professional Learning Experience

(Opportunity now closed) We are looking for ASSISTments users to help us design a new professional learning community experience! You will be compensated with $500 for lending your leadership and expertise to helping us develop this PLC.

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Bouygues: Online Learning Is Here to Stay — But Don’t Abandon Pencil and Paper Just Yet

Educators — and families — should be careful about overly relying on screens for learning, and research shows that education delivered on tablets and laptops can lead to missed opportunities. Helen Lee Boygues describes the results of a study designed using ASSISTments: students who used pencil and paper received higher scores than their peers who went without pencil and paper.

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ASSISTments seeks diverse 7th grade Illustrative Math or Open Up Resources math teachers for paid opportunity

(Opportunity now closed) ASSISTments is seeking diverse 7th grade math teachers with experience using Illustrative Math and/or Open Up Resources for a paid opportunity to support the development of a new feature this summer.

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ASSISTments Efficacy Study Highlighted in new JREE Publication

In a new publication, ASSISTments was found to boost student learning, particularly for students with lower prior mathematics achievement.

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Paid Opportunity: Join a Virtual Professional Learning Community this School Year

(Opportunity now closed) We are looking for new or novice ASSISTments users to join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) during the 2020-2021 school year.

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Is there any difference in the effectiveness between online and paper-based homework?

As part of the Teachers for Research and Feedback Program, learn about the research Luisa Ferrari did with ASSISTments teachers to understand if student performance improves using online learning strategies in comparison to paper-based work.

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