iPad in Education: Helping California Students Learn Algebra

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Nice promo video for a very good looking new educational app for the iPad. It’s called HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 and it’s been developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Four school districts in California started piloting the app this month.

Here’s a little more detail on the pilot program:

Beginning on September 8, 2010, four school districts in California embarked on a partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt designed to revolutionize the way students access their core curriculum. Approximately 400 students in San Francisco, Long Beach, Riverside, and Fresno school districts will access their entire Algebra 1 course on a touchscreen, handheld device. HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 features the award-winning core content of the Holt McDougal Algebra 1 configured for mobile devices.

A control group of students in the districts is using the traditional Holt McDougal Algebra 1 textbook. The pilot will compare the two groups in the areas of student achievement and attitudes about learning.

I can still remember hating, and struggling with, Algebra. This app might well have made it a little less painful and difficult. I know firsthand what an amazing educational tool the iPad is, as I watch my 7.5 year old daughter interact with it nearly every day – and I believe its impact with students of all ages will be huge in coming years.

For lots more detail on this app and the pilot program, here’s where to go:


Patrick Jordan

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