A collaboration between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Promethean has resulted in two ready-to-use collections of Common Core interactive whiteboard lessons for reading and mathematics.
Unveiled at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE 2012), a national conference for technology-using educators, these new lessons integrate best-in-class content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with best-in-class interactive and touch-screen technology from Promethean to create learning activities that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and class discussion. This is the first complete set of interactive Common Core aligned whiteboard lessons available to K-12 educators.
Two collections were released today – mathematics for grades K-12 that follow Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s award-winning programs, GOMath! and On Core Mathematics, as well as reading for K-6 based on HMH’s Journeys series. All lessons are designed to run on any interactive whiteboard. However, it is Promethean’s presentation software ActivInspire™ that delivers the interactivity.
The new lessons promote more hands-on activities. On an interactive whiteboard, students engage in on-screen modeling of concepts, use visual and tactile manipulations to reinforce their understanding of math concepts, or work together to solve digital math equations.
Every lesson has embedded assessment activities and with a simple connection to a hand-held device, such as any of Promethean’s Learner Response Systems (ActivExpression™, ActivEngage™ ActiVote™), teachers can track the comprehension, measure understanding and modify instruction if necessary.
“Research shows that when students actively participate, their performance improves. By fusing math and reading content with interactive tools, students get excited about learning critical concepts and will be better prepared for standard assessments,” said Jim Marshall, President, Promethean North America. “With these interactive lessons, teachers can effortlessly create memorable and dynamic lessons to meet the needs of all students.”
In related news, recent results from a study conducted by York University found that the integrated use of the tools with interactive content could reduce up to 3 months of learning time among elementary students.