# Introducing Teachley: Fact Flyer!

Our fourth operations app, Fact Flyer starts with Linka and Pike’s take off from Mt. Multiplis. Kids help Linka continue her journey back to El Sumado, tracking her progress along the navigation map. Designed with a greater focus on building fluency, Fact Flyer allows 3rd – 5th graders the chance to practice both multiplication and division facts in a fun, flying game.

As with Teachley’s other apps, powerful, research-based strategies are provided to scaffold learning and support conceptual understanding of each fact, as needed. For example, to solve 8 x 4, students are reminded of the Double It strategy learned in Mt. Multiplis. They are prompted to “Take 8. Double it. Double it again.” To build flexible thinking, students are able to see the inverse relationship of multiplication and division when solving division problems. For example, the hint for 20 ÷ 10 appears as 10 x _ = 20.

Fact Flyer automatically adapts to support the needs of each child, with problem difficulty progression based on proficiency and more time allotted to solve problems, as needed. Teachers can log into their Teachley account in the parent/teacher section of the app to personalize the gameplay for their students, allowing kids to continue playing where they left of any classroom iPad. Don’t have an account? No problem! Create your free account at www.teachley.com.

Students review their fact fluency at the end of each round. Teachers with premium Teachley subscriptions will be able to track their students’ progress in their dashboard. To sign up for a free trial of Teachley’s premium data reporting, click here. Fact Flyer is aligned with several Common Core State Standards and is designed to support Response to Intervention programs. This app is a great addition to your classroom’s operations fluency toolbox.

*This app was made possible by the Federal Department of Education, with funding provided by an Institute of Education Sciences’ Small Business Innovation Research grant.

# Teachley Connect: Connecting Apps and Formative Assessment

What’s the problem? We all know U.S. students spend far too much time taking standardized assessments (often between 10-20 tests) every year, not to mention the countless hours spent preparing for these tests. Research by the Council of the Great City Schools in 2015 found that spending more time on standardized tests does not improve student performance and that schools often have to wait 2-4 months to get the data from those tests. Data that is often too little too late…

To truly impact teaching and learning, teachers need better sources of formative assessment data that they easily interpret and use when planning each day’s lessons.

So what is Teachley doing to help?

At Teachley, we believe learning should be fun! Imagine if instead of taking dreaded tests, kids are playing games. And these games adapt in real-time based on student performance and report meaningful data back to teachers. If you’ve been using Teachley in your classroom, you may already know how this can work. But, what you may not know is that we’ve recently received a new \$900K Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences to expand our platform to include third-party math apps (see official announcement here). This grant will greatly bolster our efforts to bring rich formative assessment data across a variety of math content areas to teachers. So, students can spend more time playing games and less time worrying about filling in the correct bubble with a number 2 pencil. And teachers have the necessary information they need to easily differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all their students.

How will it work?

This summer, we will be working hard to prepare Teachley Connect for our first app partners. We’ll also develop new free EDU versions of our Teachley apps to work with the new system. During the course of the 2016-17 school year, we will expand our data reporting and intervention support to include students’ gameplay from our partners as well as several exciting new features. This new grant will allow Teachley to provide schools with a greater selection of apps that cover a wide array of K-5 math content. Stay tuned as we announce our first partners and beta launch later this summer.

Create your free Teachley account on our website, www.teachley.com to stay up-to-date on our latest progress. Have questions or want to be one of our first beta testers? Email us at info@teachley.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

Happy Summer!