As more parents turn to online educational resources for their kids’ remote learning needs, here’s a look at a few of the UO-developed applications that are available to parents.
The UO’s College of Education has a reputation for conducting cutting-edge work in many areas. Much of this evidence-based research has given rise to online learning applications, some of which are now available for free or at a reduced rate.
Math resources for preschoolers/kindergarteners
Researchers in the college have lowered the price on a tablet-based math program for kindergarten students to make it more readily available for students and families.
KinderTEK, an app that grew out of research in the UO’s Center on Teaching and Learning, is now available to families for 99 cents. Teachers can set up free, cloud-synced class accounts for students to use at home by visiting the KinderTEK website. The application is only available for iPads and helps students age 3-8 learn important preschool/kindergarten-level math skills.
“This is a resource that kids like, that works well and that they can use independently,” said Mari Strand Cary, senior researh associate in the Center on Teaching and Learning and project director of KinderTEK.
What differentiates KinderTEK from other apps, Strand Cary says, is that it teaches math through thoughtful sequencing and resarch-based instructional practices. KinderTEK individualizes instruction and feedback to teach students what they need to know and rewards them for perseverance and mastery.
KinderTEK was co-developed with a private partner, Concentric Sky, with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and is available in the Apple App Store.