Johns Hopkins University Study: 3 Things Parents Should Know

Imagine you need to send your child to a new school. Everyone around you is suggesting this one or that one, and sharing their reasons why.

After pondering their suggestions, you form an image in your head of the perfect school. One day, you’re driving down a street and catch a glimpse of what looks like that perfect school. But, would you enroll your child without:

  • Researching that school?
  • Getting to know some of the teaching staff?
  • Making sure the school can address any of your child’s needs?

Educational technology (EdTech) products have more in common with “the perfect school” than you might think.

Put simply: it looks and sounds great, but is it actually the best choice? That’s where “efficacy” comes in.

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4 Key Findings from Prodigy’s Johns Hopkins University Study

Imagine you’re in the market for a vehicle. Everyone around you is suggesting this car or that van, and sharing their reasons why.

After pondering their suggestions, you form an image in your head of the perfect car. One day, you drive past a dealership and catch a glimpse of that perfect car. But, would you buy it without:

  • A test-drive?
  • Getting an inspection?
  • Looking at the car’s history?

Educational technology (EdTech) products have more in common with “the perfect car” than you might think. They’re often described with the equivalent appeal of the greatest car.

Put simply: it looks and sounds great, but does it actually work? Enter “efficacy”.

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Is Prodigy math research based?

Prodigy Ranks Highest for Math Apps That Support Learning [STUDY]

Do educators in your building(s) use mathematics apps?

How effective are they in helping primary school students learn?

Is it worth using math apps at all and, if so, what types should you use?

To answer some of those questions, researchers Robin Kay and Jae Yeon Kwak reviewed the relevant literature published from 2005 to 2017.

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