Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District
HeyMath! Transforms Instruction and Raises Student Motivation Levels
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District in Massachusetts is a fully accredited public school district that serves two communities, Hampden and Wilbraham. The district received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to pilot HeyMath! at four Elementary Schools (Grades 5 & 6) - and by integrating our technology into their rigorous core curriculum were able to improve student motivation and learning. This is their story.
- Math teachers identified several different topics where they felt their students could learn better using visual explanations from HeyMath! Lessons.
- These included: Introduction to Fractions, Multiplication of fractions, Adding and Subtracting Integers, Area of a Parallelogram.
- Teachers used the lessons in class (via a projector/ whiteboard) to make connections with real life and to explain the abstraction using animations and interactive lessons.
- All students logged in after-school with individual accounts to review the topics that were taught in class.
- A detailed survey of teachers and students was conducted at the end of 10 weeks to obtain granular feedback on the efficacy of the learning progress.
- The results are displayed in the adjoining graph.
Analysis of teacher and student feedback
This is a fantastic program and I do
wish the students next year get
exposure to it - I do like the home link,
but I fear that the students here will not
take advantage of it the way the
students in other countries do. I like
this program both as re-teaching and
enrichment. I loved hearing about the
requirements for students in India and
Singapore and how different they
are...I'm definitely taking the
"memorize to 16s" next year!! :) :)
Thanks so much and I hope to be
working with you next year!
Most of the time I hate to do Math, but
I like to do it on HeyMath!. It makes
learning more fun than when you are
in class listening to the teacher. You
actually get to interact in a fun way.
Questions used in a survey of teachers:
|HeyMath! is an effective tool for classroom-based instruction.||100%|
|HeyMath!'s animation helps teachers explain abstract ideas in a visual and interactive way strengthening student understanding of mathematical concepts.||100%|
|Online games and interactive activities give students a hands-on experience to verify concepts - and also make learning fun and enjoyable.||100%|
|Diverse resources in the HeyMath! program help teachers in delivering differentiated instruction to learners of different abilities.||87.5%|
|HeyMath! can really help deepen content knowledge for teachers, sharpen their teaching skills and help them keep up with global developments in their field.||87.5%|
|Home access to the program is a great way for students to obtain supplementary help and reinforce their understanding of what they have learned in school.||87.5%|
|I would recommend HeyMath! to parents as a high quality program that will help students raise their performance in Math.||75%|
|I recommend that HWRSD continue to provide HeyMath! as a resource for teaching and learning in grades five and six.||87.5%|
Here's what the curriculum leader at the school district had to say
The School Committee may recall that the Gifted and Talented Curriculum Pilot Program, allowed us to try HeyMath! a state-of-art technology. It has been interesting and exciting given its global, "world is flat" flavor... It can certainly transform instruction, if our teachers and families fully embrace it...
Nevertheless, I hope to enable grades five and six to have it again next year, since 80% of students and almost 90% of teachers believe it can positively impact learning
HeyMath! meets curriculum criteria set by
- California Learning Resources Network (CLRN)
- Massachusetts Department of Education for Javits Gifted and Talented Education Grants
- British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), U.K. for Curriculum Online
- Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE - O)
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), India | Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE)