ASSISTments has Won $25 Million in Grants with next to no Business Structure or Marketing

November 26, 2019

While many edtech tools and solutions might show promising results in small studies or certain conditions, very few prove effective at scale. That is not the case with ASSISTments. Developed by former teachers Professor Neil and Cristina Heffernan, the free classroom assessment software has been shown to bring about remarkable academic gains. Read on to learn the story of how ASSISTments came to be and some of the challenges along the way.‍

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I Took a Break From the Classroom to Help Do Research. It Made Me a Stronger Teacher.

November 21, 2019

Andrew Burnett was in his 15th year of teaching when he was asked to join the ASSISTments team. His task was to help conduct a long-term educational study by training and supporting the teachers that were participating in an independent research project. Andrew communicated with 70 teachers all around the Northeast about implementing ASSISTments in their classrooms. Read on to learn Andrew's story and how he has transformed his teaching practices.

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Are teachers misusing homework? Beyond the question of whether or not to assign it

November 21, 2019

How much, if any, homework should elementary school students receive? It is an age-old and ongoing debate. But the discussion misses a fundamental part of the controversy: Teachers often don’t take advantage of homework as an instructional tool. Neil Heffernan weighs in about how homework can be utilized best to enhance student learning.

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Persistence is not Always Productive: How to Stop Students from Spinning their Wheels

October 9, 2019

Students are often told to push themselves to the limit in the math classroom. But is this persistence always the most productive way for students to learn? ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in about how students can move past spinning their wheels and start mastering math content.

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What Works Clearinghouse Gives Top Marks to WPI-Developed Homework Program

May 23, 2019

The What Works Clearinghouse, a highly regarded federal research review of education products, has awarded ASSISTments its highest marks. It is a solution that “meets standards without reservations.”

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Don’t Eliminate Homework. Make it More Effective

February 25, 2019

In the United States, there is an ongoing debate about whether homework is worthwhile, with critics saying that it’s busywork at best and, at worst, it’s detrimental to student learning. Only, the problem isn’t homework itself but how homework is done. Instead of implementing “no homework” policies, we can and should use technology to improve how students do their homework — or at least their math homework.‍

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TL Talk Radio Podcast

January 22, 2019

Podcast interview with ASSISTments co-founders Neil and Cristina Heffernan about their inspiration for ASSISTments, their dedication to research-backed impact and what’s next for the online platform.

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Who Decides if Ed Tech Even Works

June 8, 2018

Educators today are eager for solutions that have long seemed elusive to age-old challenges in education, including a widening achievement gap between our highest and lowest performers. Education technology will be part of the solution. Yet we cannot be blind to the risks.

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Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

May 29, 2018

There’s no doubt that education technology can make a big difference in the classroom. But the facts show that the key to closing the achievement gap is not providing more technology to students, but rather putting the right ed tech into the hands of teachers.

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Nurturing Persistent Problem Solving

February 1, 2018

A veteran math teacher puts ASSISTments to the test and reports on how second-year algebra students learn to persevere in completing homework assignments through the use of the online homework platform.

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