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Financial Literacy for Youth: Every Penny Counts

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Jessica Slusser originally penned this piece on Getting Smart. MIND Research Institute has heard many experiences similar to Jessica’s that express a disturbing lack of financial literacy in today’s youth. Stories like Jessica’s help to explain why MIND Research Institute has teamed up with The PwC Charitable Foundation Inc. to apply the proven Spatial Temporal (ST) Math approach to financial concepts and teach the math skills required to achieve financial literacy.

 

Many moons ago, in my past life as a banker I got to learn first-hand about the lack of financial literacy for youth and even adults. Maybe because my first “career” was in banking I picked up on it quick, but I was blown away to see so many people unaware of what debt means, how to build credit, how to balance a checkbook and budget. It’s an important skill for all of us to have after we leave schooling and as we prepare for college and career.

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Tags: K-6, Instructional Software

California’s Chance to Define the Role of Technology in Education

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By Don Garcia, Pinnacle Consulting Group

From Los Angeles to Fresno, California educators are eager to get laptops and tablets into students’ hands. As of 2011, California averaged 4.9 students per computer at school, but the push is on to get one device for every child. The sky is the limit for what our young digital natives can do in the classroom if they just have the technology to access it. Or so it seems.

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Tags: Technology, Innovation, Instructional Software

4 Ways for Math Teachers to Use Pinterest

Posted by MIND Staff on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By Debra Balint

As any Pinterest Pinner knows, it’s very easy to go down the proverbial rabbit hole. One pin leads to another and another, until you realize you’ve been on Pinterest for 37 hours straight! Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration (the average user spends only 98 minutes on Pinterest per month), but it can feel like hours because there are a lot of really thoughtful and creative ideas on Pinterest. And if you’re not a Pinner yet and have no idea what I’m talking about, Pinterest is a social network of virtual pin boards that allows you to bookmark ideas into collections based on your interests. It’s like window shopping for ideas!

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Tags: Teaching, MIND Staff

Five Video Game Principles that Motivate Endless Play and Learning

Posted by MIND Staff on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Everyone is well aware that video games captivate audiences around the world. By 2015, their annual market share is projected to be $111 billion. If we can understand what makes video games so engaging (their core principles, not superficial mechanics), we can harness these principles to make our schools more effective. From my experience researching and designing math games for MIND Research Institute, here are five basic principles video games embody to create engaging experiences for players:

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Tags: Technology, MIND Staff, Gaming

What MIND is Thankful For

Posted by MIND Staff on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Thanksgiving is known as a time for reflection and appreciation. While taking a break from helping students solve math problems, JiJi interviewed several MIND Research Institute colleagues to discover what they are thankful for this year.

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Movies Remind Us, Even Scientific Quests are Personal Ones

Posted by MIND Staff on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By: Janine Ingram

I love to fly. More accurately, I love uninterrupted reading and, as a working single mom, have learned the only place I can actually achieve this silent altered state is in a crowded airplane.

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Tags: Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility

Using ST Math for a Class Lesson: 8 Easy Steps

Posted by MIND Staff on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By: Erich Zeller

I recently blogged about how my classroom experiences taught me that students learn more deeply when I let them apply their prior knowledge to solve problems, instead of jumping in and teaching them the mathematical procedures first.

I frequently hear teachers say, “I need to rearrange this ST Math topic because I have not taught it in class yet.” In most cases, that’s putting the cart before the horse. ST Math games can help students begin to build a visual schema for concepts before they are formally taught in class.

Here’s an easy way to try this method in your classroom with ST Math.

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Tags: Teaching, Instructional Software, MIND Staff

Teachers: Your Students Know More Than You Think

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

By: Erich Zeller


Before they’re taught arithmetic, children will not give their assent to utter nonsense; afterwards, they will.
-- Walter Sawyer

When I first started teaching, I always tried to connect students’ prior knowledge to the concept being taught. I pointed out how multiplication was like repeated addition, how fractions help us represent the parts we get when sharing chocolate bars or pizzas, or how exponents are short hand for repeated multiplication. I knew we must make connections between prior knowledge and new information to build solid understanding.
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Tags: Teaching, MIND Staff

Building A Foundation For Success For Black Boys And Men: Start Early, Start Strong

Posted by Ingrid Ellerbe on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM


A student in Clearwater, Florida gets a boost in his early math education thanks to a public-private partnership that brought the ST Math blended learning program to his school.

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Tags: K-6, Pre-K, MIND Staff

Adventures of an Intern: It All Adds Up

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 09:00 AM


By Sydney Rosen

Going into MIND Research Institute, where I was to intern for the summer, for the first time I didn’t know much of what to expect. A majority of my knowledge about the social benefit nonprofit came from my dad, who had done prior work with them. I also knew I was going to be an intern, a role which is typically not known for its glamour. Essentially, I pretty much knew MIND Research generates visual math software programs for schools all around the United States to improve math test scores. I also had heard about their upcoming Math Fair to be held at the end of the summer to kick off the new school year for MIND and to showcase their approach. Other than this, I had no idea what was ahead of me, besides the fact that it was going to be an adventure.

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Tags: Innovation, Philanthropy, MIND Staff

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