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New Jersey District Signs Up To Pilot HMH Algebra iPad App
- By Dian Schaffhauser
About 10 months after the start of a California pilot of an algebra course for the iPad, education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a similar year-long pilot in a New Jersey district. The company's digital math app HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 will be tested out by the Edison Township Public Schools starting in the fall. According to a statement from the company, Edison will be the first district in the state to integrate a curriculum completely executed on Apple's tablet device.
Although the California pilot encompassed middle school students, the latest one will have the participation of 60 high school students. The Fuse students′ progress will be measured against a control group in a traditional classroom.
"In order to have our students fulfill their potential as leaders and innovators in a global economy, we must engage them in the education process," said Superintendent Richard O′Malley. "As the first school in NJ to introduce HMH Fuse, we are bringing cutting edge technology into our classrooms, and then back home with the students to create an ongoing digital learning environment that fosters individualized education."
Fuse users can tap into a number of components, including:
- Step-by-step animated instruction;
- Instant feedback on practice questions;
- The ability to write, record, and save notes; and
- Access to a library with 400 video tutorials.
The app's adaptive features allow the student to follow a customized learning path and the instructor can monitor student performance with real-time feedback via Wi-Fi.
More information about Fuse is available at hmheducation.com.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.