HISD Debuts Interactive Math Television Show For K-5 Students

September 10, 2010

HISD students will have an extra place to turn to for help with their homework starting Tuesday, Sept. 14, when the district’s Math-A-Letics television program goes live and interactive on the HISD Educational Access Television channel.

The HISD channel is on Comcast channel 18 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.

The show’s target audience is HISD students in kindergarten to fifth grade. It offers students help with their homework from a live phone bank of math experts as well as a chance to speak live to the show’s hosts.

The show will air every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m.

HISD developed the Math-A-Letics television show in 2007 as a way to make mathematics fun and exciting by presenting it in a challenging sports format designed to engage kids’ imaginations through their love of athletics. The live, call-in version of the show will continue with the same theme and will continue to be hosted by math coaches, Lance Menster and Carolyn White, as well as puppet characters Zero the Hero and Arithmeticia.

“I am excited that we are making this show live and interactive,” said Math-A-Letics co-host Lance Menster who also serves as HISD’s Manager of Elementary Mathematics Curriculum. “My hope is that students at home not only will take advantage of the call-in feature, but so will students in our after-school programs within the Houston community.”

The show is produced in cooperation with the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP). RUSMP has been providing a bridge between the Rice University mathematics research community and the Houston PreK-12 mathematics teaching community since 1987. Its mission is to help teachers and school administrators better understand the nature of mathematics, the effective teaching and assessing of mathematics, and the importance of mathematics in today’s society.

“I believe this show makes math fun and interesting while providing a valuable resource for Houston’s students, teachers and parents,” said Carolyn White, who is the Associate Director of Elementary and Intermediate Programs with the Rice University School Mathematics Project and co-host of Math-A-Letics. “I believe the added, live call-in feature will provide a unique learning experience for HISD students and will provide assistance to help them master math concepts and objectives.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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