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Opportunity for 7th grade teacher participation in a homework study using ASSISTments and MLTI laptops

02 Nov 2012 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
The University of Maine has received a grant to study the effectiveness of immediate feedback on homework using the MLTI laptops. The grant will pay teachers for their time to learn how to provide feedback to their students at home and teachers do not need to change what they assign.

ATOMIM Member Cathy Ladd-Cyrway, a 7th grade math teacher at Vassalboro Community School who started participation in the study in September 2012 said, “I like the fact that students get immediate feedback but more importantly I get analyzed feedback about the students."

Here is how it works. Students will continue to do their homework from their textbook showing their work on paper but they will enter their homework answers onto an online site called ASSISTments using their MLTI laptops. ASSISTments is a free, online tool developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that offers immediate feedback to both students and teachers. Complete details about the study including how to apply can be found at this website.


The study is for 7th grade math teachers only but the remainder of the teachers in the district regardless of discipline are invited use ASSISTments once their 7th grade teachers are part of this study. Please share this information with 7th grade math teachers in your district to help the University of Maine find out how to improve homework using the MLTI laptops. If you have any questions please contact Craig Mason at craig.mason@maine.edu.

Shawn Towle, ATOMIM President
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