TVDSB Aims to Improve Math Achievement with Engaging Gamifying Software
School board partners with Knowledgehook to empower teachers and engage students
LONDON, ON (March 20, 2018) — The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) announced today its partnership with Ontario-based educational technology firm, Knowledgehook. Knowledgehook is an out-of-the-box formative assessment technology for mathematics that provides real-time student data to inform teachers. The Thames Valley District School board has seen improved student engagement and motivation in its mathematics classes and has received positive feedback from teachers.
“Our teachers are telling us they have seen an improvement in students’ attitudes towards math,” said Tricia Loney, a TVDSB mathematics Learning Coordinator. “The tool provides instant individualized results that teachers can use to customize their teaching techniques to ensure the success of every student.”
Declining math scores on provincial EQAO assessments prompted the Ontario government to invest $60M a year for a Renewed Mathematics Strategy in the province. The partnership between Knowledgehook and TVDSB is an example of the way in which school districts are working to find solutions that will have a positive impact as a part of the Strategy.
Currently, all 28 secondary schools in TVDSB have the license to use Knowledgehook in the classroom. Elementary schools in the district have begun their roll out of the software, with a special emphasis on grade seven and eight students. TVDSB has also taken a leading role in engaging with other school boards to share best practices using Knowledgehook and has resulted in the increased use of Knowledgehook at Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Greater Essex County District School Board, and Waterloo Region District School Board among others.
Destination for innovation
Today’s announcement builds on Knowledgehook and TVDSB’s shared commitment to providing teachers with tools that help them foster student achievement and growth and improving student outcomes in mathematics at TVDSB. Acknowledging that teachers are the most important people in improving outcomes, Knowledgehook’s Instructional Guidance System puts relevant student performance data in their hands to allow them to make more informed instructional decisions that have a direct impact on student understanding in mathematics.
“Knowledgehook has the solution to a national problem,” Travis Ratnam, Co-Founder and CEO says. “I believe this technology will be crucial in paving the way for students and teachers, with its data-informed approach to teaching that can help kids all over the world do better in math. TVDSB has taken a leadership role in applying technology to address a longstanding issue, and we expect that other educators, Boards and the Ministry of Education will soon follow with similar solutions that use formative assessment technology and big data.”
Waterloo-based Knowledgehook is an educational technology company that has built an Instructional Guidance System for mathematics. It analyzes the academic performance of high school and elementary math students in real-time play to identify best-practice teaching solutions to educators which directly address student gaps demonstrated by the data. Knowledgehook provides an easy-to-use tool that helps teachers and administrators close student gaps and focus professional development on topics relevant to students.
In 2016, the company won Google’s Game Changer award and was named Top Disruptor by BNN.
About the Thames Valley District School Board
The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) is one of the largest public-school boards in Ontario, serving a mixed urban, suburban and rural area that stretches more than 200 kilometres – from Rodney to Tavistock and Glencoe to Norwich – across more than 7,000 square kilometres. Thames Valley District School Board was formed on January 1, 1998, with the amalgamation of the Elgin County Board of Education, the Board of Education for the City of London, Middlesex County Board of Education and Oxford County Board of Education. As a public education provider, we offer a full range of programs and services to students across Thames Valley. We have 160 schools serving approximately 78,000 students in elementary and secondary schools, as well as adult and continuing education programs. Overseeing our Board are 15 trustees – six elected to represent London, two each for the counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, one First Nations representative and three non-voting student trustees.