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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Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework, They Just Need to Make It Better

January 7, 2019

School districts around the country are doing away with homework, according to the latest education headlines.But research clearly shows that the solution to homework isn’t to abolish it. Instead, we need to make homework as effective and relevant as possible, so students can still learn when their teachers or family aren’t available to help them.

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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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MIT Poverty Lab Endorses ASSISTments

September 25, 2017

MIT's Poverty Action Lab cites ASSISTments as one of the most promising educational technologies.

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Online Mathematics Homework Program Developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to be the Subject of More Than $7 Million in Rigorous Research Studies

August 20, 2017

Two grants from the Institute for Educational Sciences (IES) totaling over $7 million have been awarded to education researchers studying the impact of ASSISTments. Large and rigorous randomized controlled trials of online education tools for K-12 education are difficult to conduct and analyze. These grants will build upon a prior ASSISTments trial conducted by SRI Education, which was important in that it provided hard, comparative evidence of the impact of education technology.

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Study Shows WPI-developed Math Homework Tool Closes the Learning Gap

October 24, 2016

Results of a randomized control trial conducted by SRI Educational Research in public schools in Maine and published in the journal AERA Open by the American Education Research Association clearly quantify the benefits of ASSISTments.‍

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Researchers need to collaborate to address the challenges facing schools

October 8, 2015

ASSISTments serves as a unique shared scientific instrument in the social science world, continuing the forward push to do more randomized controlled experiments. Social science can reap the benefits of our cultural shift to the digital world and the many ways people interact with online platforms.

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Scientists Bring New Rigor to Education Research

July 15, 2014

Researchers are using tools borrowed from medicine and economics to figure out what works best in the classroom. Much of the new research goes beyond the simple metric of standardized tests to study learning in progress and the findings are beginning to fill in some blanks in that hugely complex puzzle called education.

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