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Teaching the Mathematics Behind Elections

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Teachers looking for supplements to their election lessons don’t have to look far. A Pittsburgh-based company, Carnegie Learning, created a program called “Election Math” featured on NBC Learn’s website.  Election Math was made for an 8th grade learning level, but is designed to benefit all ages, individuals or classrooms.

David Hart, Executive Vice President of Carnegie Learning, says all math surrounding elections is addressed in the program.  It includes trends of parties, sampling and predictions, data and statistics, polling and more. Hart said he tested the program, and messed up, on purpose of course, to make sure the system was working correctly.

“One of the key features of the software is that it can sense common errors and provide various specific remediation to students depending on their knowledge of very specific parts of the math,” Hart said.  “So it’s a very granular level of instruction for students.  By making mistakes in my own practice, I can make sure all of the features are working properly.”

Hart said thousands of users have already tried the free, online service.  He said he is aware of a school using the tool as a cross-curricular teaching method.

“There’s an opportunity for students to have a cross-functional project that incorporates two areas of the curriculum,” Hart said.  “In this case, math and social studies.”