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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Introducing ALEKS

This year, students at Indian Trail are piloting a new math program called ALEKS. From the website...
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.
ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.
The 4th grade teachers are extremely excited to utilize this great new resource, which students will use at school and at home. However, there will be hiccups along the way. We are hoping that we can deal with any growing pains in the first few weeks so we can take advantage of all ALEKS has to offer throughout the school year.

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