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This list has been curated by a Central Park volunteer parent taking into account the Central Park mission and vision that incorporates a new educational model of STEAM, project-based learning, design thinking and passion-led learning.

 

Details change constantly so please Google the title for the latest accurate information.

 

This list was created based on the following principles:

 

1) It must be fun.

2) It should have feedback that helps the child learn other than simply "right" or "wrong".

3) Visual representations of concepts are a bonus.

4) Kinesthetic manipulations are a bonus.

5) It should allow the child to create solutions in more than one method.

6) It should have have room for a child to create not just replicate.

7) It should promote interaction not just 1-way passive observation.

8) It should have minimal advertising.

9) Educational content that aligns with Common Core or Next Generation Science Standards are a bonus.

Cyberchase

Cyberchase_Web.jpg"Cyberchase is the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show featuring a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outwit and outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace. In addition to segments from the animated portion of the show, this collection of resources includes live-action For Real segments, in which hosts Bianca and Harry explore the show's math topics in everyday life."

 

My kids love this show. While enjoying the storyline they have practiced and learned so many math concepts in a fun medium that further excites them about math in everyday life.

 

http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/

Dreambox Learning

Dreambox.png" DreamBox Learning Math provides an individualized learning path that adapts continuously, seamlessly integrating assessment with instruction, so that students are always in their just right learning zone, therefore empowering users to take control of their own learning."

 

DreamBox requires a subscription to use. It is currently not an approved curriculum program in SCUSD however it is standard for blended learning in the San Jose Unified School District. Luckily, parents can get home subscriptions irregardless. My kids love this program. When a kid gets excited about math and enjoys playing games while learning, that is magic. This is not digital copies of boring worksheets and problems. DreamBox truly leverages a visual to abstract model of teaching along with the kinesthetic manipulation of objects to learn mathematical concepts.

 

http://www.dreambox.com/at-home

The Odd Squad

The_Odd_Squad.png"Each episode of ODD SQUAD includes two 11-minute cases in which the agents investigate weird and unusual phenomena around them and use math to put things right. From recapturing a gallon-sized blob that has separated into smaller pieces, to dealing with a slew of unicorns, dinosaurs and wizards that have escaped from books, there is no occurrence that is too strange for the Odd Squad as they face off against various villains that wreak havoc around town."

 

As a parent, this honestly looked dumb to me. My kids however loved it and what is even more interesting is how much they enjoy doing multiplication and division with the heroes of the show even tho they are only in Kindergarten. Something about this show just makes math so cool to kids. The PBS Kids web site has episodes as well as games.

 

http://pbskids.org/oddsquad/home/

ST Math

STMath_Web.jpg"Created by MIND Research Institute, ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction and identified by the CEO-led Change the Equation as one of just four STEM programs ready to scale nationally, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills."

 

This requires an account to login. Hopefully, we will raise enough money at Central Park so that every child will have an account on ST Math.

 

http://web.stmath.com/