Check out this game-based instructional software designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Born out of research at the University of California, Irvine, ST Math’s unique approach accesses the mind’s innate spatial-temporal reasoning ability. This ability, which lies at the core of innovative thinking and sophisticated problem-solving, allows a person to hold visual, mental representations in short-term memory and to evolve them in both space and time, thinking multiple steps ahead. ST Math was featured in USA Today reporter Greg Toppo’s book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, as a game that gives students a chance to learn at their own pace, take risks, and cultivate deeper understanding. Greg Toppo joined teachers, corporations, students and parents at the STEMconnector Townhall to discuss how ST Math transforms the classroom with unique game-based learning opportunities to engage students and teachers. The independent education research firm WestEd published a study and found that those grades across 209 schools in California using the program for one year exhibited 6.3 percent more students scoring proficient or better on the California Standards Test, compared to those at similar schools not using the program. Visit a penguin named JiJi.
By: Victor Rivero