Houghton Mifflin’s One-Year Experiment Improves Student Skills

One year ago, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) set out to improve math skills by starting a pilot program called HMH Fuse: Algebra I, which is the first full-curriculum Algebra app for the iPad. In January of 2012, students at Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside reported a 10 percent increase in overall test scores versus their textbook-learning peers. This past April, Empirical Education called HMH’s program “a platform that successfully encourages the use of the personalized lesson plans.” Today’s announcement by HMH solidifies the notion that the iPad is a valuable learning tool in education.

The results of the year-long program showed that students using HMH Fuse: Algebra I had an overall increase in test scores of 10 percent as compared to traditional textbook taught students.

Five ninth grade classrooms in the Edison Township School District participated in HMH’s study. Two classes were taught Algebra I using Fuse and three were taught using traditional textbooks. The students were tested at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year and the research study showed that the average post-test scores for the iPad-based curriculum students was higher than the control group.

“HMH Fuse is truly a powerful tool – one that combines our world-class educational content with technology that today’s digital natives can embrace,” said Bethlam Forsa, Executive Vice President, Global Content and Product Development, HMH. “By combining these elements, we’ve created an engaging, interactive learning experience that moves beyond the functions of an eBook and fundamentally changes the way students learn algebra.”

Now that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has proven that the iPad works in the classroom, will we begin to see other textbook distributors jump on the digital bandwagon and create their own full-curriculum program?

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