A company that creates educational virtual worlds has introduced a new online product designed to help third through fifth graders get better at math. Wowzers comes from Brain Hurricane, a company that develops academic material for K-8 students in reading and math. The new release, which combines adaptive math instruction with game-based collaboration, was shown during the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, which took place in San Diego last week.
The instruction can follow a number of instructional standards, including Common Core State Standards. Activities include the use of student avatars, virtual “math missions,” games, quizzes, and feedback on right or wrong answers. Students can use coin awards to outfit their avatars. Teachers can set up and manage a classroom of users; adjust the amount of time students can use the program; set the program to be adaptive in order to adjust questions based on a student’s understanding of the subject; review scores by class, section, or student; check a dashboard for student performance; and do reporting. The program also provides teachers with professional development for specific topics and can deliver reports to parents about their students.