Apex Launching High School Tutorials

At the Mesa Tech Expo I saw something that surprised me–iPad tutorials at the Apex booth–so I called CEO Cheryl Vedoe.

“Our customers want flexibility with digital content to meet the range of needs that students have,” said Vedoe.

Apex is a leading provider of digital secondary curriculum. Their courses are tightly integrated making it hard to disaggregate. The variety of ways that schools are using digital content caused Apex to build a new product line of grade 9-12 math and English tutorials that are based on the Common Core State Standards.

The web-based tutorials, to be published in October, will run on any browser. Vedoe said they borrowed from games for the “new visual design.”

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To build knowledge and develop critical thinking each tutorial includes four components:

  1. Learn It: provides direct instruction that engages students in active learning;

  2. Try It: develops skills and knowledge with interactive practice and application;

  3. Review It: reinforces concepts through high impact videos; and

  4. Test It: assesses student knowledge through randomized assessment.

Individualized learning plans are developed on the base of a pretest. Posttest results gauge understanding against standards.

Vedoe sees tutorials used in a variety of ways, “as introduction to a concept, assigned as homework, used in targeted intervention, and as exam prep.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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