Magazine article Technology & Learning

Wowzers

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Wowzers

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Wowzers provides multiple professional development opportunities for districts. There are two primary options available: free, on-demand, virtual PD; or onsite PD ($1,000 plus expenses for one day, $2,000 plus expenses for two days). With the purchase of a Wowzers subscription, teachers and administrators have unlimited access to on-demand PD, including an informational overview document and video tutorials. Wowzers also offers a discount for educators who complete the Wowzers certification course. Contact an account manager for more details.

Quality and Effectiveness: This research-based K-8 math curriculum was redesigned with a fresh interface in 2017. It's a standards-based curriculum aligned to state and national standards and has a partnership with the Northwest Evaluation Association. It presents students with real-world applications and personalized math instruction, guiding students along their own paths with authentic math problems. The program also provides immediate feedback and correct answers. An online certification course gives teachers a solid foundation for using the tool, and a complete online guide is available for ongoing reference.

Ease of Use: Wowzers is well designed, with easy drop-and-drag features as well as rulers, protractors, etc. The program automatically shows students the work in their paths, so they always know where they should be working--even when they're given free time to access the reward system that uses earned coins to dress their avatars or decorate their pods. Students have access to their own avatars and dashboards to see their progress on their report cards and check on quiz scores. The various avatar options and pod decorations to purchase can also motivate students. Teachers have their own dashboards and can request a variety of reports or make changes in student paths. If the district allows it, all students and teachers can have unlimited 24/7 access to Wowzers on their computers and tablets.

Creative Use of Teehnology: Wowzers has many parts--lessons, practices, games, instructional video assessments, blended learning activities, and performance tasks. Students receive emotional, social, and reflective support as they work. …

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