Netmath: an ever-evolving tool for learning mathematics

Well-known to teachers, the Quebec mathematics learning platform, Netmath, regularly offers new features that allow teachers to integrate it even more effectively into their classroom planning. The latest feature, collections, offers the possibility of creating personalized learning paths. // SPONSORED STORY
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Well known to teachers, the Quebec platform for learning mathematics, NetmathThe software regularly offers new features that allow teachers to integrate it even more effectively into their classroom planning. The latest feature, collections, offers the possibility to create personalized learning paths.

"Since the collections functionality was added to NetmathIt's easier for me to do differentiated instruction. I can simply put together a bank of activities and assign them to a class or even to specific students," says Danielle Pomerleau, a Grade 6 teacher at Les Couleurs-du-Savoir school in the Centre de services scolaires Rivière-du-Nord.

According to Ms. Pomerleau, this feature allows her to simplify her classroom management, while better respecting the learning pace of her students since she can propose different activities; more advanced for some or in review mode for others. Each student can consult the selection that has been made for him or her.

Each collection created can be named and described to meet a particular need. For example, it could contain exercises to be completed during a given week, activities about a specific concept from different levels, or challenge exercises for those who have completed their work plan. It can be reused and adapted from one school year to the next.

Integrated in a learning context

Danielle Pomerleau uses Netmath for several years with her students. Over the years, she has seamlessly integrated the platform into her classroom instruction. "In a typical math period, I'll take 15 to 20 minutes to introduce the concept for the week. Then students take their Chromebooks and work independently to complete the exercises," she says.

She notices that they quickly get on with the task, they are motivated and enjoy completing the work required. What she particularly appreciates about Netmath is the immediate feedback function that is given to students. "They know right away if they have succeeded or not in an exercise. If not, they have access to explanations that guide them and they can then try again. They develop their autonomy in this way. The feedback accompanies them in their progress."

In short, the days are over when her students completed exercises on paper, waited for her to come and see if they had succeeded or not, and when she had to repeat the same explanations over and over again!

Customized intervention

As a teacher, she has access to reports that show the progress of students in completing the activities she has assigned to them. She gets a snapshot of each activity at a glance. If the brackets are green, the students succeeded on the first try, if they are yellow, they used explanations, if they are red, they did not succeed. 

"I can easily identify concepts that are less well understood and organize recovery periods for all or for specific students. I target my interventions much more precisely. It's very helpful," says the teacher.

Since her students are in Grade 6, she takes the liberty of "playing with the years" by selecting exercises from the entire content of Netmath for elementary school; Grade 6 is essentially a review year. From the beginning of the year, this allows her to situate her students in their progress.

Designed for Quebec

Furthermore, as Netmath is created in Quebec, all the exercises proposed, as well as its structure, follow the Quebec school curriculum and the learning progression. 

"I've tried a lot of online learning platforms. Since the tool is made here, it presents the right vocabulary, the right concepts and they cover the whole curriculum. With foreign platforms, you have to pick and choose on a piecemeal basis, you have to be careful with the terms used so you don't mix up the students." Finally, Ms. Pomerleau appreciates the accessibility of the team behind NetmathShe says they are always open to receiving feedback from teachers who use it.

Netmathavailable online and on tablet, offers more than 30,000 interactive math exercises for elementary and high school students, allowing them to learn math while having fun.

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