Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education have launched Ignite My Future in School, an initiative to transform the way students across America learn through computational thinking, a foundational 21st century skill for successful careers in every sector. The journey into the world of transdisciplinary instruction and computational problem solving starts with the suite of professional development tools.
Classroom Champions brings Olympic and Paralympic athlete mentors to classrooms via video chats and social media. Students will be able to interact with athletes during live events to learn lessons on goal setting, perseverance, teamwork, and courage, among other skills.
Designed by Benciti Technology, the Algebra on Nudge app for iOS and Android presents interactive, on-demand algebra tutorials that include practice problems for students in grades 6–9 to attempt to solve on their mobile devices. The tutorials “nudge” students toward the solution to an algebra problem one step at a time.
IBM’s famous Watson computing system is helping to power a searchable database of mathematics open educational resources (OERs) designed for K–5 teachers. The new tool, called Teacher Advisor With Watson1.0, is open to the public after a lengthy beta-testing period that sought input from state education commissioners, teachers’ unions, school board associations, and more than 1,000 teachers.
The Global Math Department is a community of math teachers who communicate online via Twitter and blogs, so they use the nickname Math Twitter Blogosphere (MTBoS). Over time this diverse group of teachers (preservice to retired) has grown in number and scope of activities.