Powerful skills practice tool uses reinforcement learning theory and games to drive student engagement
Herndon, Virginia, March 15, 2018 — This summer, Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) is incorporating major enhancements to Stride™, its award-winning supplemental learning solution for standards-aligned skills practice for students in PreK–8 grade. FuelEd has developed and is adding deeper learning resources to its content areas, including more direct instructional activities, new targeted skill review activities, and more game options, making Stride an even more powerful asset for schools and districts.
Stride includes an adaptive question engine to personalize the student experience for improved academic gains. Based on feedback from schools and students, FuelEd is further driving student engagement in Stride by incorporating new features to better ensure students interact with the learning resources and that they are rewarded using highly-effective positive reinforcement tactics. Stride motivates students toward skill mastery by rewarding students along their journey with “coins” they can redeem for gaming time as well as other digital rewards such as academic badges, avatars, and leaderboards.
“We incorporated research on reinforcement learning theory and asked our end-users—both educators and students—for their feedback to get authentic input on what additional features they wanted,” said Sean P. Ryan, General Manager of Fuel Education. “With the additional direct instruction, students have access to a variety of content and more choices about how they practice the skills they are learning.”
In Stride, students begin practicing skills by answering questions and earning coins for gaming time. With the enhanced skill review activities, if a student is not answering the questions correctly, the student is offered a choice between several different activities to help them review or relearn the skill. Research shows that when students have a choice it can significantly improve motivation and academic performance.
Other Stride enhancements include:
- Improved progress dashboards: In addition to showing the percentage of questions students answered correctly, teacher dashboards will also show an estimate of student proficiency on specific standards. New student progress bars provide students with awareness of their performance and a transparent look into how they are progressing on specific skills.
- More technology-enhanced items: The skills practice in the units also includes more technology-enhanced items to prepare students for the types of questions they will encounter on high-stakes tests.
- More fun, engaging games: FuelEd surveyed users on what types of games they like to play and added more gaming options.
- Fresh look and feel: The sleek user interface and dashboards give Stride a more streamlined, modern feel.
“During school visits and conversations with users about product enhancements, teachers and students alike loved Stride, but they wanted even more content because students are using it so often. They are logging on when they are at home after school, on weekends, and during holidays,” said Ryan. “We have added content and new features that will improve the user experience and better support the end goal of motivating students to learn.”
Fuel Education will host a webinar on Stride on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm ET. Register here: https://www.fueleducation.com/resources/events/20180/march-/stride-webinar--how-to-teach-the-gamification-generation.html. To learn more about Stride, visit fueleducation.com/stride.
About Fuel Education
Fuel Education® partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.
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