TVO’s mPower is a fun and innovative online game-based resource that builds problem-solving, critical thinking and math skills for learners in Kindergarten to Grade 6. It immerses students in a virtual world in which they can learn and master math concepts that align with the Ontario curriculum through engaging games. It’s a “tool within a toolbox” of math resources. mPower offers students guided, learner-centric math problem-solving experiences set in a variety of creative and age-appropriate worlds that reflect Ontario’s communities. In addition to supporting student engagement and achievement in math, the toolbox also incorporates “big ideas” from the elementary Social Studies and Science curriculums. For example, in one of the games for Kindergarten students, they learn about probability by predicting the likelihood of certain types of weather and dress the game character appropriately based on scenes depicting the four seasons.
In the classroom, mPower can be used on an interactive whiteboard for whole-class and small-group instruction, as well as individually on desktops, laptops and tablets. Educators can also use mPower as an assessment tool to monitor student progress. Here are some teacher testaments to its allure and value: mPower ".. (is) the most age- and developmentally appropriate app that I’ve encountered,” “I could direct the kids to the appropriate content area that matched what we were learning. Also, the scaffolding in the game and the fact that it doesn’t rely on text means that even pre-literate kids can play, learn and have fun.” Another teacher said “I had one student who began the year unable to identify a pattern,” “When we started using mPower with this student, the scaffolding of the game helped reinforce concepts, and provided a safe, positive environment for them to practise and build confidence. Now [the student] can identify and create their own pattern.”
mPower joins TVO’s growing suite of innovative educational learning products that build on TVO’s strategic direction to be the province’s partner for digital learning inside and outside the classroom. Give it a try at home!
Here's how you get started:
REGISTER for an mPower account by going to tvo.org/mpower. Follow the How to Register guide for step-by-step instructions. (You need to be logged into TeachOntario in order access the online version of this guide)
Note: Registering for any grade gives you access to the whole suite of games in mPower.
LOGIN to mPower with your new account by entering the e-mail address you registered with, and your password at tvo.org/mpower. This will bring you to the Educator portal.
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PLAY the mPower games by clicking on the "Play Student Games" button on the top right hand corner of the Educator portal.
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