Our Students Knowledge(hooked) on Math

Research suggests that students’ math skills still lag throughout Canada. With the jobs of today’s knowledge-based economy demanding science, technology and math skills more than ever, school boards are seeking new ways to help students relate to math. In response, Thames Valley has joined a growing number of boards by bringing a tool called Knowledgehook into their classrooms.

“Knowledgehook is a tool that benefits both teachers and students,” says Patricia Loney, Learning Coordinator, 9-12 Mathematics & School Improvement. “It was designed to help teachers identify where students are struggling with math concepts and help them improve.”

By using a combination of technology, social game playing, and research-based teaching practices, Knowledgehook is an effective way to both engage and educate students. Knowledgehook’s platform uses a game-like approach and includes options for teachers to deliver questions in both a social, whole-class, interactive format and a self-paced, individual format.

However, according to Patricia, Knowledgehook is more than just an engaging platform for students. “It’s also a powerful instruction tool for teachers. Teachers love the fact that, from grade 3 to 10, the questions are all broken down by the expectations in the Ontario curriculum.”

After students complete their work on the app, it red flags students and the areas in which they need support. It also offers teachers different strategies on how to work with students to address those knowledge gaps. Parents are also notified through the app of their child’s progress.

“It makes parents aware of where the child needs help and strategies they can use at home,” says Patricia.

The use of Knowledgehook has made highly impressive inroads with teachers. More than 880 Thames Valley teachers have signed up on the platform and 62 percent of our teachers are using Knowledgehook regularly as part of their math curricula.

According to Scott Armstrong, Learning Supervisor for Mathematics, K-12, tools such as Knowledgehook, along with professional development opportunities and designated school math leads are demonstrating promising results.

“We are seeing a shift in math discussions from both students and teachers. It is no longer the dreaded subject,” says Scott. “Phys Ed may still be the most popular class with students, but we’re hopeful with platforms such as Knowledgehook, Mathematics soon will be a close second!”

 

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