Baltimore City Public School students use new math app

BALTIMORE - Students are learning math skills with a new Ipad app at Gwynns Falls Elementary with Baltimore City Public Schools.  It's called Front Row Education.

It's part of a Pilot Program at the school.  The app shows elementary students how to do math problems as they work at their own pace.

It's a little different from the traditional teacher lecture.  Founders of the Ipad tool want to help teachers better educate students and manage classrooms.

"It makes sure learning works for students rather than one size fits all.  The usual model of teaching to everyone doesn't fit anymore and this is what Front Row helps teachers move past," Sidharth Kakkar, Co-founder and CEO of Front Row Education.

Front Row Education allows students to practice and learn math concepts aligned with the new Common Core State Standards.  Front Row gives students the power to practice questions and access video tutorials that help them when they get stuck.

Students can also work with their peers to solve problems.

"I think it was fun. I also think it was educational because when you get the answer wrong, it gives you chances and you can ask other people to get the answer right," said Natasha Manguran, fifth grader.

"It was interesting.  It taught us a lot of things.  Some things we didn't know, but once we got used to it, we understood the concepts," said Tijah Torres, fifth grader.

The app also has a teacher dashboard that shows educators how each student is doing in class.  The app helps teachers with personalized learning for students, detailed analysis of performance and automatic grading.

"Sometimes kids lose their thrill and their excitement to do their work.  This application allows them to do the same type of problems.  They can do their work on the Ipad and they have video tutorials to help them out," said Jabari Bush, fifth grade Math and Science Teacher.

This years Pilot Program has a math app that focuses on fractions.  Next year, the app will include the entire math curriculum for students to bring the best learning to the youngest minds.

Front Row Education was founded in 2012 in San Francisco, California by experienced technologists and educators.

 

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