Use of interactive video technology to teach middle school mathematics

This paper presents the evaluation of a program on the use of interactive video technology to teach math in middle schools. The implementation of the Adventures of Jasper Woodbury mathematics program involved 17 math teachers from eight schools in the Chicago area from September through November, 2000. The teachers were trained at Northeastern Illinois University. The training team included four professionals: the program director, two trainers (mathematics educators), and an evaluator (a measurement and evaluation professional). Program activities were organized in four main phases: pre-training planning, training of teachers, the teaching phase, and follow-up meetings. The training team worked together to plan, implement, and evaluate the program. Indications are that although pre and post data did not show highly significant group increases in knowledge, skills, and attitudes, some individual improvements were rather remarkable among teachers and students after learning mathematics with Jasper. Use of the technology could promote differentiation and inclusion.

Flener, F.
Northeastern Illinois University, Dept. of Teacher Education: Final Evaluation Report. Chicago, IL. (ERIC ED451055).
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middle school
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emotional disturbance
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specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
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opportunities to learn concepts