Students get creative with code to help learners with algebra

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Students get creative with code to help learners with algebra

Many men and women of faith have a strong desire to help others. Whether they choose to pursue degrees in healthcare or information technology (IT) at Christian colleges and universities, there are many ways for students to make a difference. Individuals considering a career in IT may be inspired by the work of a group of students who developed an app to help learners master algebra, according to the Statesman Journal.

A cooperative project spearheaded by George Fox University, a Christian college in Oregon, and three other schools, received a $740,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create the Center for Algebraic Thinking. In addition to offering high school students intensive math classes to help them prepare for college, the Center also developed a number of interactive apps that enable learners to grasp algebraic concepts in a visual way using iPads.

Steve Rhine, the project’s director, believes the Center will be of great benefit to struggling students.

“Algebra is the gateway to college,” Rhine told the news source. “It is most correlated with going to college of anything you take in high school.”

Other states are using technology to tackle the growing problem of college readiness in high school students. According to The New York Times, the California Department of Education recently entered into a partnership with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity to help learners with remedial and college-level algebra, among other subjects.

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