Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions' Fizz & Martina's Math Adventures

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Tom Snyder Productions' Fizz & Martina's Math Adventures

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Some software packages are motivating and reinforcing. Others are conducive to cooperative learning. A few encourage thinking about the consequences of students' answers. Some include built-in assessment measures. Software that includes all of these educationally sound jewels amounts to quite a classroom treasure. Not only does Fizz & Martina's Math Adventures deliver all this for any standard math curriculum, but students also enjoy the entire learning process.

The degree of ease in implementing Fizz & Martina's Math Adventures into classroom instruction depends upon several factors. First, the teacher must be comfortable with the philosophy, methods, and uncertainty that accompany the cooperative learning method of conducting class. Otherwise, the teacher will be frustrated with the nontraditional format. Second, the teacher must be familiar with the program: what to expect, how to transition from one step to another, having appropriate groupings and materials arranged ahead of time, etc. Third, students themselves must "buy into" the various components of the program in order to learn from it. Fourth, and finally, having the computer equipment available and in proper working condition is as necessary as the above factors, since the program depends on it for success. …

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