So… I’ve picked up the new bicycle. I already know I want to undo the spring thing that keeps the front wheel pointing forward, or at least try to wear it out a bit so it’s looser… I like to steer… and the quick release seat? Oy. I want you to at least have to have an adjustable wrench to swipe it.
Oh, Math? I clicked on the “yes, I want to know more” about “Mathia X” which is Carnegie Learning’s new and amazing not Java Based Thing. Why? Because unlike, say, Dreambox, there was absolutely no clue I could find about … the actual “instruction.” They rave about the data and the personalization, … and they refer to that “step by step” breakdown of problems… but I don’t want to *assume* it’s “Procedure as usual” because hey, it’s Carnegie that’s got all kinds of articles about how important concepts are, and specifically that students using Cognitive Tutor w/0 the conceptual foundations did *not* glean them from the program. http://pact.cs.cmu.edu/koedinger/pubs/BoothKoedingerCogSci2008.pdf
I know, I know. I’ll get a scripted answer about how adaptive software supports personalized learning hooray!!!! And of course the learn the concepts — they got more questions right, didn’t they? We know they didn’t just memorize because… oh, wait, that’s not on the script. Who cares?
Guess I better get back to putting up (and for the time being shutting up…)