# Zeal Online Homework

Pop quiz: you’re a student in a classroom of 30 students, and you’re stuck on a math concept. What’s worse, you just arrived at this school mid-year and you’re actually two grade levels behind in math.

Which approach will help you figure out your problem the fastest?

- Wait for your teacher to come around to help you;
- Use a computer-driven instructional system that adjusts difficulty according to your performance and shows you videos explaining the concept;
- Ask your personal math coach.

For too long, we’ve assumed the answer was either A or B - wait for the overloaded teacher or rely on the (elusive) adaptive platform. But what if we combined the best of both and brought live online coaches into the classroom?

Online coaches can be as proactive and responsive as teachers, and far more flexible and effective than expensive technology systems. The key: empowering coaches with technology and data so that they can point students in the right direction. Without technology, this kind of warm but precise intervention is almost impossible to achieve without spending thousands of dollars per student; with diagnostic technology and online coaches, we believe the price can be as low as $1000 a year for an entire classroom.

## Tutoring: Effective But Costly

Tutors are incredibly effective, as Dave Frey of Skooli and Arthur Vander Veen of Compass Learning have laid out here. They and others point to landmark research conducted in the 1980s by Chicago education professor Benjamin Bloom, which found that the average tutored student performed 98 percent -- or two standard deviations -- better than traditionally taught students.

Since then, Bloom and others have wondered how to achieve these benefits without the prohibitive cost -- the so-called “2 Sigma Problem.” But we believe many of these attempts are missing the mark.

Frey posits that such success will come from online tutoring services’ ability to vet effective tutors and connect them with students. (Venture capitalistsseem to agree.) However, it’s not the availability or even the quality of tutors that limit student access and progress: it’s the challenge of connecting coaches directly to students at the moment they most need help.

Meanwhile, Vander Veen and others put forth adaptive content, digital instruction, and intelligent tutoring systems as the linchpins to learning gains. But in our experience, these technologies are useful only in the hands of the right teacher. On their own they are rarely any more effective than textbooks or worksheets -- particularly among students who are the furthest behind.

One key reason it’s so much more more effective to bring together tutors and technology is that students’ misconceptions are complicated to diagnose without technology, and yet almost impossible to correct with technology alone. It’s a far better use of time for coaches to let the software do the diagnostic work and place students on the right standard, and to focus on helping students identify and correct their misconceptions. Real live people working this way are ten times as effective as the best computer program.

## Marrying Coaching and Algorithms To Solve Bloom’s 2 Sigma Problem

In other words, humans are vital, but they need both information and the ability to connect with students most in need of help. Moreover, these coaches work best when they’re integrated right into the flow of everyday instruction.

In schools working with Zeal’s algorithmic and live coaching combination, teachers set concrete math learning goals, provide the initial instruction, then assign students to work through practice problems. Our algorithm finds the topics students are ready to learn. Meanwhile, Zeal coaches – all of whom are former math teachers and tutors – monitor student progress. When coaches see a student struggling, they initiate a tutoring session that includes a shared whiteboard and audio connection, right there in class.

And unlike most offline tutors and even online tutoring services, we work closely with classroom teachers. In addition to helping students and capturing data, our coaches send teachers follow-up notes highlighting areas where individual students or groups could use more focus. Often, these are pre-skills that precede the skill or goal the teacher wants to work on -- resulting from several years’ worth of gaps in instruction and learning that the teacher and student might never have otherwise noticed, let alone overcome.

## A Math Coach For Every Student

To make this accessible and affordable, technology is used to the best of its ability: automating the diagnostic placement work, not the instruction. When the software figures out where students are falling behind, and then places students on the right standard, coaches can then step in for short 3-5 minute sessions and make rapid progress.

Indeed, people matter much more than we have been led to believe, even in the age of smart software systems. “Using good software, humans begin to chip away at the big issues of the day," says Ben Stern, an education account manager at Dropbox. "Software might free up time to focus on the issues, surface data that elucidates the issue, and empower teachers and learners to grow in new ways. But humans do the important work.”

#### Robert Huizar is a former Teach For America corps member and Rocketship teacher who joined Zeal as the Founding Math Coach. John Danner is the co-Founder and CEO of Zeal and is also co-founder and former CEO of Rocketship Education.

- Mathematical simulation to study STEM subjects
- free iPad game that teaches advanced counting in the context of ancient Mayan history
- Adaptive math intervention program geared toward at-risk students in grades 2 to 12
- Common core aligned program assesses and differentiates math practice for K-12 students
- Interactive math lessons, online assessments and print materials for grades 6-12
- Adaptive math assessment, instruction videos, and direct skills practice for grades 1-6
- Adaptive math assessment and tutoring system for K-12 and higher education
- Algebra 1 tool with video lessons, exercises, study guides, based on Florida standards
- Algebra/advanced math program enables students to enter problems, visualize solution process
- Apex Learning Comprehensive CoursesComplete, digital course of study for high school students
- Repository of math and logic problems
- Targeted K-12 math intervention program addresses skills gaps with prescribed modules
- Personalized, game-based math app that promotes deeper conceptual understanding
- Online adaptive math learning tools.
- Develop understanding of basic math facts in young students
- Middle school math program using videos, animations and interactive manipulatives
- Math/Language Arts games for K-6 with annual license for educators and parents
- Animated movies, learning games, quizzes and interactive activities covering K-8 and ESL curriculum
- Math practice app for grades 3-7 for iPhone and iPad
- Middle school math problems with instant feedback, solutions and student data/ reports
- Interactive geometry-learning program
- Adaptive diagnostic tool allows teachers to prescribe lessons, animations in grades 6-12
- Virtual world to teach conceptual math and computational fluency
- Provider of open-source STEM content; allows teachers to compile and share custom digital textbooks
- Math & ELA interactive work for young students
- Classworks Applied MathematicsCollege and career standard aligned digital math instruction for K-8
- Adaptive and assignable digital curriculum for most subjects K-12
- Organize STEM lessons; track student progress & understanding
- Curriculum for Grades 3-5 math that includes multiple visual models, daily discussion, and assessments.
- Peer-to-peer mobile learning platform for students to improve their math problem solving skills
- Game-based math lessons for foundation skills in grades 3 to 7, developed by a teacher
- Math/Literacy games for K-12 students employing a social network to foster competition
- Discovery Education TechbooksInvestigate & explore math and science concepts online
- Puzzle-based algebra game teaches concepts with cards and a box
- K-8 math games product that adapts to the learner's level of knowledge
- Game-based math instruction for students.
- Comprehensive online curriculum for blended learning settings
- Individualized, CCSS aligned modular courses with assessment, tracking, and reporting
- Create and experience lessons in virtual reality
- Site offering 2K+ language arts, math, science activities & lessons for pre-K - 6th grade
- Learning that connects students to real-world learning
- K-12 content for core subjects in English & Spanish
- Adaptive platform for learning math focused on personalized study customized by teachers
- Math practice & assignment creation tools
- Stanford developed, open-world, role playing adventure game focused on math fact fluency
- Develops custom playlists of eBooks, games, videos and learning materials for the iPad
- Programs for learning elementary subjects;widely used in RTI/special ed
- Library of interactive simulations promoting math and science inquiry for grades 3-12
- Browser-based notepad that lets you create, format, and work through a variety of visual math problems
- Math intervention with bite-sized lessons and games to build fact fluency in grades 2-5
- First In Math Online ProgramActivities for K-8 fundamental math skills
- Math worksheets provided to teachers to measure student progress and proficiency.
- Curriculum for teaching fractions aligned to over 50 Common Core Standards
- Common Core aligned, teacher designed adaptive math app and teacher dashboard for K-8
- Full virtual curriculum with online teachers or used by teachers in traditional courses
- Program that helps students write math proofs using interactive technology.
- Identifies knowledge gaps with pre-middle school math skills needed to work with fractions
- Learning tool for Special Education during math instruction
- Blended-learning courses and platform that teach students to design and code educational games
- Supplemental math instruction intended for station rotation model
- Program aimed at teaching math skills/academic vocabulary to ELL students in grades 3-8
- Interactive supplemental math program with simulations,tutorials, and progress monitoring
- Math curriculum, test prep and tutoring with lessons for 5th grade math - college algebra
- Interactive math mini-games featuring virtual manipulatable objects
- CCSS-aligned math intervention with pre/post-assessments, instruction,systematic practice
- Math exercises & worksheets for students & teachers
- Adaptive assessment and instruction for math and reading in grades K-8
- Adventure-based math curriculum for grades Pre-K through 5 and CCSS-aligned, adaptive assessments for grades Pre-K through 8
- Math practice website for elementary, high school students through algebra and geometry
- Series of collaborative and active math games that use the Microsoft Kinect
- Over 5,500 free instructional videos and 100,000 practice exercises on various topics
- Course prepares students for college-level math with video, quizzes, online study groups
- Adaptive math program assesses strengths and weaknesses and personalizes the curriculum
- Adaptive math app developed for home use
- Automated online math tutoring and analytics tool for K-12 students
- Augmented reality activities for math and reading
- Fully accredited K-12 blended learning curriculum/instruction with online communities
- CCSS-aligned iOS math games for K - 2 students
- Math game company featuring both apps and board games
- Suite of iOS-based math & science games for grades K - 5
- Web based math instruction and assessment program for grades K-5
- Math app with hundreds of interactive problems for K-8
- Digital teaching resource for Common Core Math
- Online math courses designed to help high school/college students explore math visually
- Math games and quizzes for grades K -10 with integrated analytics and inter-school competitions
- Curriculum sharing platform for teachers.
- Adaptive math program for students in grades 6 /up who are performing below grade level
- Step by step help for math problems

## 0 thoughts on “Zeal Online Homework”