Using Technology to Aid in the Differentiation of Mathematics in a Sixth Grade Classroom

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From the abstract: "This Action Research examines the effects of using an interactive, adaptive software program, Freckle Math (formerly Front Row), in helping a sixth grade teacher to differentiate mathematics. Ten students who go to a parochial school in a rural, midwestern community were included in the study. The data collection tools included a pre-research reflection, a journal of teacher observations, a daily student questionnaire, computer generated reports, a midresearch reflection, and a post-research reflection. Overall, this research showed an average growth of 1.74 years, or 44.9 percent with regard to grade level equivalency. This growth indicates the students' ability to perform mathematics skills independently. Due to the integration of Front Row, the students were more engaged in activities and showed growth on their achievement. This helped narrow existing gaps on the Common Core State Standards foundational domains. However, future research would consider other adaptive, technology integration tools to aid in mathematics differentiation."

Citation: Morales, A. (2016). Using technology to aid in the differentiation of mathematics in a sixth grade classroom (Action research report). Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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