Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, been excited to use. This one covers math. Since ‘math’ is by far the most popular search term of readers who seek out my blog, I know you’re going to enjoy this review.
Brain Hurricane‘s Wowzers–recent winner of the CODiE award for the best classroom management system and K-12 solution from the trade group Software & Information Industry Association–is an online virtual universe designed to teach students basic math principles. It is built around the Common Core Standards and aligned to state standards for grades 3-5. Once students are logged in, they design an avatar and then go through a lesson selected by the teacher that is reinforced by a game. The ‘game’ is followed by a quest that requires an understanding of concepts learned in the lesson and honed in the games. That, in turn, is followed by a quiz. Correct answers are rewarded with Wowzer coins that can be used to purchase things like accoutrements for the student’s avatar.
Teachers can view a dashboard that summarizes each student’s progress.
The program costs $25 per student for 33 lessons or $7,000 per school.
Background: Wowzers was developed with the assistance of professors at Loyola University (Chicago), and a team of accredited educators. To date, it is only available in English.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.