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# Join the PLML Team in developing a Multiplication Teaching Tool

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### Join the PLML Team in developing a Multiplication Teaching Tool

1. 1. Multiplication Tool: Development Guidelines<br />
2. 2. Synopsis<br />Background and Need<br />Project Description<br />Project Goals in Detail<br />Early Visual Interface<br />Getting Involved<br />July 23, 2009<br />
3. 3. Background<br />Nationally, children achieve basic number operations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, at low levels.<br />Basic number operations underlie more complex learning in areas like geometry and algebra.<br />The bottom line: fundamental number operations are important to strengthen. <br />July 23, 2009<br />
4. 4. Project Description<br />PLML is developing a free multiplication learning tool to help improve students’ learning of math, specifically, multiplication.<br />The tool is focused on helping students learn to multiply numbers greater than 12, which typically rely on different cognitive mechanisms than the automatic responses for numbers under 12<br />July 23, 2009<br />
5. 5. Project Goals in Detail<br />Teach multiple representations that can be used to develop successful answers to multiplication problems.<br />Support learners in building a robust understanding of how to apply their favored representation in answering a problem.<br />Support educators by decreasing the time it takes to teach multiplication.<br />July 23, 2009<br />
6. 6. Multiple Representations<br />The interface will provide a comparison between Traditional, Lattice and Base 10 solving methods. <br />The interface will help a learner identify the method that works best for them<br />July 23, 2009<br />
7. 7. Robust Understanding<br />Each solving method will be supplemented with textual, graphic and video materials that can be used to train and guide. <br />Each solving method will provide debugging support, e.g., the engine will recognize common problems with students’ solutions. <br />Each solving method can automatically adjust difficulty as the student increases in ability.<br />July 23, 2009<br />
8. 8. Increase Productivity<br />The tool will provide students with opportunities to easily practice multiplication.<br />The tool will provide teachers with the ability to view results, and changing results over time. <br />The tool will provide teachers with online worksheets and assignments that can be provided to a class or group of learners. <br />July 23, 2009<br />
9. 9. Prototype Visual<br />July 23, 2009<br />
10. 10. Prototype Schematic<br />July 23, 2009<br />
11. 11. Functional Overview<br />Anonymous site users and students can use the multiplication engine. Students, with accounts, have their information saved for long-term analysis. <br />Teachers, an account type, can create classes. Students can affiliate themselves with a class, or teachers can assign students to a class.<br />Teachers can create assignments, and give assignments to students. Once complete, assignments can be viewed by teachers (and results feed class statistics). Assignments can be printed for easy paper distribution.<br />July 23, 2009<br />
12. 12. Multiplication Tool Interface<br />Solvers can select their favored interface for solving a problem. The problem appears on each representation tab. <br />Depending on the level of desired support, contextual hints and suggestions appear to the solver. <br />Users can proceed whether or not the answer is correct and final. <br />July 23, 2009<br />
13. 13. Assignments Overview<br />Teachers can create and assign assignments to their class. <br />Assignments can have a particular number of problems, a difficulty level (based on the complexity of the problems), a time-to-complete limitation, and a due date. Reference materials can be noted in the assignment.<br />July 23, 2009<br />
14. 14. How to get involved<br />Our free tools are developed in collaboration with educators, who act as guides. <br />We are seeking 12 to 24 math educators who would be willing to commit several hours, over the span of 3-4 months, to help develop this tool.<br />Involvement includes free-form feedback discussions, alpha and beta evaluation, and potentially, informal testing with student learners in a live environment.<br />Contact us if you’re interested to help out!<br />July 23, 2009<br />