Students Learn Math With A Little Help From Facebook

Students Learn Math With A Little Help From Facebook

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The kids are getting right to the point. It's all about the math they do and the data they use to make bar graphs.

“It says on the board, 'Collect it. Organize it. Then analyze it,'” said Bella Fedonick, 3rd grader.

What's different in the class at St. Lawrence Elementary is how they gathered it. They put out surveys on Facebook. Questions were sometimes funny and sometimes serious - at least in their minds.

“What would you want for your teacher to be like a trait - character trait. Would it be tall and strict? Small and funny? Or just like regular size and, like, boring," said Giada Rufa, 3rd grader.

The surprise was the number of responses they got. From all over. It gave them lots of data to work with.

“They expected a couple thousand people, so when they heard the number 96,000, it was amazing to them that that many people took the time to do their little survey,” said Kara Cushing, 3rd grade teacher.

“One people from Australia did it. Miss Cushing told us. Somebody from Australia,” said Rufa.

The Facebook pages used were Cushing's own and St. Lawrence Central's. Cushing says lessons with real world connections make students more apt to learn.

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