Bring Your Own Device
Ardor is an adaptive mathematics application built for the mobile devices found in the bring your own device classroom (BYOD). Have a few classroom iPads but not enough for every student? Don't worry. Ardor Math runs on mobile phones, Chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets.
Ardor Math is optimized for Chromebooks. It works with both touch screens and track pads. Ardor Math has been designed to look great on screens small, large and everything in between.
The process of installing Android apps from the Play Store on a Chromebook is similar to doing so on an Android device. Learn more.
Sync Between Devices
You can mix and match devices. For example, a student might start doing math on a school Chromebook or iPad and then later switch to their personal mobile device. Progress data is synced between the devices. The student continues where they left off. All data from every device is synced to the teacher dashboard.
Differentiation is the process of ensuring that what a student learns, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student's readiness level. There are four ways to differentiate:
- Content: Math Practice at a student’s readiness level. The curriculum and materials used in a classroom.
- Process: Instruction and intervention at a student’s readiness level. Lesson plans, teaching methods.
- Product: How a student demonstrates learning. Learning should be demonstrated at a student's readiness level.
- Environment: Adapt the learning environment to accommodate or maximize a student's readiness level.
Ardor Differentiates by Content
Ardor Math adapts the practice and feedback to match a student's readiness level. More challenging content only "unlocks" once a student has demonstrated proficiency. Levels follow the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Math Classrooms: Deep-Six the Worksheet.
Worksheets have a large environmental and financial cost. Worksheet curation is a major time cost; teacher time that is better spent on lesson planning. Worksheet practice often doesn’t match a student's readiness level. It is time to deep-six the worksheet! Read more
Unlimited Differentiated Practice
Procedurally generated problem sets match every readiness level. Problem difficulty automatically adapts to a student's knowledge, and skills, from remedial to “bored” advanced students. Endless individual practice.
Ardor Math Makes Differentiation Possible!
“The biggest reason differentiation doesn’t work… is the way students are deployed in most of our nation’s classrooms. Toss together students who struggle to learn, along with gifted kids, while adding a few English-language learners and a bunch of academically average students and expect a single teacher to differentiate for each of them. That is a recipe for academic disaster… Such an admixture of students with varying abilities in one classroom causes even the most experienced and conscientious teachers to flinch, as they know the task for reaching each child is an impossible one.” ~ Petrilli
Ardor Math can fulfill the vision of a true differentiated classroom. True differentiated instruction is only possible when the teacher has time to actually sit down and look at how students are progressing. It is only possible when a teacher’s time is not monopolized with daily workflow priorities such as grading papers, photocopying and gathering daily materials. It is only possible when a teacher does not actually have to find or create the actual differentiated practice.Petrilli, Michael. " Why Academic diversity is the biggest challenge facing our schools." Education Next (2010).
Farkas, Duffett, Loveless. "High-Acieving Students in the Era of NCLB." Thomas B. Fordham , 2008
Personalized Real-Time Feedback
Ardor eliminates learning lag by providing real time corrective feedback. Individualized feedback adapts to a student's readiness level. For example, at level 1 the feedback includes strong scaffolding such as pictures, and explanatory text. However, at level 4 the feedback is much more concise and mathematical. Individualized feedback alleviates student frustration and reinforces good practice habits.
Personalized Learning Pathways
When student learning becomes more individualized engagement and depth of learning both increase. When a student practices at their own skill level there is less boredom and frustration. When a teacher can monitor student progress in real time they have the time and flexibility to adjust lesson plans. Teachers are better able to help both struggling and advanced students equally. With Ardor you can eliminate learning lag with personalized learning pathways.
Eliminate Learning Lag
Learning lag happens when the pace of the classroom moves too fast or too slow. It happens when a concept that needs review is skipped or when a concept doesn’t need review is taught. It happens when the depth of learning is overwhelmingly complex or overly simple. It happens when a student has an incorrect understanding and now must unlearn what they have learned. These are common problems found in almost every classroom. The culprit is often a broken learning cycle. Ardor Math can help you improve the learning cycle. Read more .
Improve the Learning Cycle
The Ardor teacher dashboard gives teachers real time progress data to help keep the learning cycle running smooth.
- Do something. The teacher gives students an Ardor Math assignment. Students practice math.
- Analyze what happened. Ardor Math spools problems at each student readiness level and reports student progress to the teacher in real time. The teacher looks for common patterns and identifies individual student needs. For example, the teacher identifies a student who has fallen behind the rest of the class.
- Decide next steps. Lesson plan decisions are made based on an analysis of student data. Students get feedback on how they are performing and make adjustments to their own learning.
Do More. Work Less
Spend less time at the copy machine, less time grading papers, and less time curating worksheets. Consider the following finding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Teachers work an average of 10 hours and 40 minutes per day . But it doesn't have to be that way. Let Ardor Math take care of the math practice so you, the teacher, can spend more time doing the things that matter most.
Using the Ardor Math app students can enroll in a teacher classroom. The teacher dashboard gives a real-time view of student progress.
Learn more about how to setup a classroom.
Learning Targets Aligned to Standards
Every problem type supports a standard. Standards are easily viewable from both the teacher dashboard and the Ardor Math practice app.
Student progress is reported by level. Levels follow the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Sort students by levels to quickly identify students who are struggling.
Students earn badges when they demonstrate proficiency (Level 3).
Quickly view individual student reports. Each learning target is reported by the standard that it supports. In Figure A, you can see that the student is struggling with multiple step equations but seems to be grasping the other related learning targets. While this student is doing well in two step equations, this student has not yet demonstrated overall proficiency for the standard 8.EE.C.7.B.
Videos, Help Cards, and Personalized Feedback
The classroom is full of many challenges. That is why Ardor Math has help cards, videos and a sophisticated personalized feedback system. Ardor Math gives you more tools to help you reach those absent or struggling students.