Magazine article District Administration

Math Instruction Is Personalized in a Digital Environment at Washington District: DreamBox Learning Helps to Meet the Potential of Blended Learning at Federal Way Public Schools

Magazine article District Administration

Math Instruction Is Personalized in a Digital Environment at Washington District: DreamBox Learning Helps to Meet the Potential of Blended Learning at Federal Way Public Schools

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For the 21,000 students of Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle, the goal of the district's administrators is to involve as much interactive technology in learning as possible.

"With the Common Core State Standards and national science standards, there's a lot going on right now that's new for us to address," says Dawn Moye, blended learning manager. "A Race to the Top grant also is pushing us to increase math proficiency."

The goal is to strike a balance between instruction from teachers and delivering the content students need through technology, says Moye. "And that balance varies depending on the teacher and group of students. There needs to be flexibility in the classroom."

Blended learning provides the opportunity for that flexibility, as well as personalization, says Moye. And one of the tools utilized by Federal Way to support personalization and to bring technology into the classroom is DreamBox Learning[R] Math.

DreamBox Learning offers a personalized K8 math environment that combines a rigorous curriculum for deep conceptual understanding, a highly engaging game-like environment, and industry-leading Intelligent Adaptive Learning[TM] technology which dynamically adapts in real time to create millions of personalized learning paths tailored to each student's unique needs. The DreamBox student-centered environment differentiates content, pace and sequence for the highest levels of student achievement so every student can learn to think like a mathematician.

"When I see it in progress, I see the removal of a negative feeling," says Moye. …

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