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Sumdog correlated with your educational standards

Sumdog’s mathematics skills are now correlated with some of the key educational standards used in schools around the world.

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Here are the correlations you can choose from:

USA:

  • USA - Common Core Math Standards, grades 1-6
  • Indiana - Indiana Academic Standards, grades 1-7
  • Texas - Texas State Standards, grades 1-7
  • Virginia - Virginia Standards of Learning, grades 1-8

UK:

  • England - National Curriculum, years 1-9
  • Scotland - Curriculum for Excellence, P1 - S3

Australia:

  • Australian National Curriculum, years 1-8

Canada:

  • Ontario Curriculum, grades 1-8
  • Western & Northern Canadian Protocol, grades 1-9

Shortly, you’ll also find correlations for Wales, Northern Ireland and New Zealand.

We’ve also added many new skills to those already covered by Sumdog, and we’ll soon be including Common Core grades 7 and 8.

To select the appropriate standards for your school, teachers should go to our skills page:

http://www.sumdog.com/teacher/skills

If your region isn’t yet listed, you can choose our Classic Skills, which are designed to be suitable for a wide range of teaching.

Sumdog just got a little cleverer

This week, we’ve been busy with Sumdog’s algorithms - which isn’t as painful as it sounds.

When students play, they answer lots of questions, and so we gather lots of information about which skills they’re good at - and which need more work.

Sumdog’s adaptive learning engine uses this data in its progression algorithms. These are the calculations that decide which skills each student should study next, and which questions they are asked.

Recently, we’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to refine these calculations. This improves Sumdog’s ability to select the right skills for each student, and so to guide their progression more effectively.

You might not notice all this work at first, as the games will be just as enjoyable as ever. But over time, we hope you’ll see your students’ progressing through their learning - and smiling as they go.

Why not try a few games - and see if you spot the difference.

Meet Sumdog’s new skill browser

As you’ll know, Sumdog has a lot of skills for students to work on.

This week, we’ve made it much easier to choose what you want to study. When you click the skills panel, on the left of the screen, you’ll see a list of all of the skills available to you.

At the left of this list, you can now click a small tab. This opens a panel containing a range of filters, which help you choose the right skill. 

Options

At the top of the panel, you’ll see some useful options.

You can choose to display the educational standards that match each skill. This tells you exactly where Sumdog’s skills fit with your learning plans.

You can also filter out skills that require lots of reading. This helps if your students find that reading the questions slows their mathematical work.

Sumdog topics

The next section lets you filter by broad topic. This is useful if - say - you simply want to work on your multiplication.

Once you’ve chosen a topic, you’ll see a list of subtopics shown below, allowing you to choose even more precisely.

These topics and subtopics cover all ages, so you’re not restricted to working within a specific grade or level.

Educational standards

Below the topics, you’ll see filters based on your chosen educational standards.

These filters let you show the skills that match a particular level or learning objective - so you can target precisely the skills you need.

We hope you like it - and find it useful! Please let us know what you think.

Sumdog and educational standards

Over the coming weeks, we’re linking Sumdog’s skills to many of the educational standards used in schools.

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Currently, you can choose from the Common Core State Standards (used across much of the USA), England’s National Curriculum, and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.

By the end of the year, though, we plan to have correlations to 9 other educational systems from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

As well as Common Core, the English National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, we plan to cover…

  • Western & Northern (Canada)
  • Ontario (Canada)
  • Texas (USA)
  • Virginia (USA)
  • Indiana (USA)
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

As we do this, we’ll be adding many new skills to those already covered by Sumdog - including Common Core grades 7 and 8.

Sumdog assessments

This week, we’ve released a great new tool for teachers.

You can now set a timed assessment, and view the results across the whole class.

As it’s a pure computer-based assessment, there’s no gameplay - just timed questions, with no marking visible.

Sumdog lets you choose the skills you want, and even regenerate the questions until you’re happy with your test.

Click here to find out more, and watch our training video.

Sumdog’s new class vs class contests are here!

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We’ve launched a new round of inter-school maths contests on Sumdog.

This year, you take part as a class, and compete against other classes - either locally or nationwide.

And each student who answers 100 questions in the contest will receive an exclusive Myths and Legends outfit for their avatar.

To enter, teachers must go to the contest entry page. They can enter as many - or as few - classes as you wish.

During the contest, students take part by playing Sumdog’s free mathematics games, answering questions as they play. Sumdog automatically adapts its questions to their ability. Each contest lasts a week - from 8am on Friday to 8pm the following Thursday.

We’ve got handy tutorial videos which will help you set up your school, create student logins and enter your class in a contest.

Good luck!