Online Learning Platform Updates

Big Ideas Learning is committed to providing customer satisfaction and solutions to your technical needs. Since the launch of the new Big Ideas Math online learning platform, we have released significant updates to the product. Check back daily for more information on these updates.

8/21/15:

  • Teachers can now add a second book to a class.
  • Session management adjustments have been made to prevent students from timing out during assessments.
  • Student may now reset passwords by entering a new password after logging in with their temporary password.
  • Course Benchmark tests can be assigned for California courses.
  • Course Benchmark objectives data has been reimported and now display in the reports.
  • Selecting “Random” questions for Course Benchmark tests shows the correct number of items for each test.
  • Inactive users will no longer show up in Clever organizations, thus eliminating duplicate users.
  • Imported Clever organizations should no longer lose the books attached to their classes.

8/25/15:

  • An index was added to production on username. There was an immediate reduction in CPU usage which should reduce performance problems.
  • The Clever importer was updated to alleviate data issues.

The next full release should occur on Thursday or Friday and will include all reports, among other updates.

Big Ideas Learning Help Center

Big Ideas Learning is pleased to announce our Help Center. The Help Center is designed to answer frequently asked questions from the Dynamic Assessment System to basic Technical Support. You can access the Help Center by logging in at bigideasmath.com and clicking the link at the bottom of the site.

In addition, Teachers/Students may search key words to narrow their search. Once the search is complete, a dialogue box will appear.

Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

The following article is from Edutopia.

Since the average high school student spends almost seven hours each week doing homework, it’s surprising that there’s no clear answer. Homework is generally recognized as an effective way to reinforce what students learn in class, but claims that it may cause more harm than good, especially for younger students, are common.

Here’s what the research says:

  • In general, homework has substantial benefits at the high school level, with decreased benefits for middle school students and little benefit for elementary students (Cooper, 1989; Cooper et al., 2006).
  • While assigning homework may have academic benefits, it can also cut into important personal and family time (Cooper et al., 2006).
  • Assigning too much homework can result in poor performance (Fernández-Alonso et al., 2015).
  • A student’s ability to complete homework may depend on factors that are outside their control (Cooper et al., 2006; OECD, 2014; Eren & Henderson, 2011).
  • The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate homework, but to make it authentic, meaningful, and engaging (Darling-Hammond & Ifill-Lynch, 2006).

Homework can boost learning, but doing too much can be detrimental The National PTA and National Education Association support the “ten-minute homework rule,” which recommends ten minutes of homework per grade level, per night (ten minutes for first grade, 20 minutes for second grade, and so on, up to two hours for 12th grade) (Cooper, 2010). A recent study found that when middle school students were assigned more than 90-100 minutes of homework per day, their math and science scores began to decline (Fernández-Alonso, Suárez-Álvarez, & Muñiz, 2015). Giving students too much homework can lead to fatigue, stress, and a loss of interest in academics — something that we all want to avoid.

 

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ExamView now available for the Big Ideas Math Common Core High School Progam

The ExamView installer is now available online for the Big Ideas Math Common Core High School program. Select chapters are available for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. More chapters will be added throughout the summer.

To access the Big Ideas Math Common Core High School Test Banks, go to www.bigideasmath.com and login. Choose your book and click “ExamView Test Bank Sample Chapters.” A zip file including the installer will download to your computer.

For tech support, please contact bil_support@bigideaslearning.com.