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03/2021
Mindsets

Mindsets

Mindsets
Math and Science
Mindsets! platform is a collection of problem-based learning challenges on mathematics and STEM content

The Mindsets! platform offers resources for educators to conduct problem-based learning challenges in a classroom. The challenges teach mathematics and STEM, and let students utilize their arts and design skills as well. The Challenges are aligned with various Standards (CCSS, NGSS and Assessments), so it is easy for educators to find what they need.

Age groups 
Elementary
Middle school
High School
Languages 
English
Platform 
Browser-based
Registration 
Required
Offline play 
Internet required
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Pedagogy
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Passive
Active
Mindset Challenges give a solid structure on which to build interesting lessons. Learning is very interactive: discussions and teamwork is highly recommended and the challenges include both pre-curated material and hands-on activities related to them. In order to progress the learner is required to acquire and use new information. The challenges give instructions and encouragement to move forward, and the material demonstrates the concepts well.
Rehearse
Construct
Mindsets supports learning new things by linking the content to real life and approaching it through creative tasks. The Challenges include good teacher material so that the teacher can explain the concepts at the level their students require, or rely on the ready-made material on the Challenge. Challenges require utilizing learned both in rehearsal tasks and in open-ended problem-solving. The platform keeps the motivation up by providing feedback and encouragement.
Linear
Non-linear/Creative
The Challenges follow linear, predetermined user progression, which is very easy to understand for the learner. Yet, the learning outcomes are a result of an innovative, creative learning process. Learning progress can be individual, but collaboration with other learners is beneficial to the learning outcomes. Because the teacher can freely choose, what Challenges to launch, they can plan a lesson that suits their learners.
Individual
Collaborative
Mindsets Challenges allows and underlines face-to-face interaction to be part of the learning experience, although all of the activities can be done individually as well. A voting mechanism is a great tool for enabling discussion and also dividing work in some cases. The interaction is by default face-to-face discussions (in the classroom), but could also be held on various learning platforms online. The product doesn't commit itself to one specific media of interaction.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

The product meets the goals of STEAM project-based learning superbly. It emphasizes creative thinking, problem solving skills, innovative solutions and collaboration / team work: 21st Century skills.
The materials and contents are of very high and well thought quality. The projects are easy to approach, and the teacher materials are concise and easy to adopt.
The themes of the challenges are truly inspirational and motivating. They are related to real world problems.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.
Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship.
Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.
Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
Understand solving an equation or inequality as a process of answering a question.
Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations.
Write an inequality of the form x > c or x < c to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem.
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.
Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related.
Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem.
Construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Draw, construct, and describe geometrical gures and describe the relationships between them.
Draw geometric shapes with given conditions.
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Use data from a random sample to draw inferences about a population with an unknown characteristic of interest.
Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations.
Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.

Soft skills learning goals

Practicing strategic thinking
Learning to notice causal connections
Practicing persistent working
Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
Practicing to take responsibility of one's own learning
Practicing to set one's own learning goals
Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
Creating requirements for creative thinking
Practicing creative thinking
Practicing to improvise
Encouraging students to be innovative and express new ideas
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to use arts as a way to express
Developing problem solving skills
Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
Practicing to notice causal connections
Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
Practicing to look things from different perspectives
Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
Practicing to recognize and express feelings
Recognizing habits that are good for sustainable living
Supporting the growth of environmental awareness
Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
Getting familiar with different cultures
Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
Learning about different countries and their characteristics
Practicing to work with others
Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
Learning to listen other people’s opinions
Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Encouraging positive attitude towards working life
Practicing time management
Learning consumer knowledge and smart economics
Learning to plan and organize work processes
Practicing decision making
Practicing versatile ways of working
Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts, from vernacular to academic
Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts
Practicing to use information independently and interactively
Practicing to find, evaluate and share information
Learning to view and consider media and advertising critically
Familiarizing with the influences of media and understanding its affordances
Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
Using technology resources for problem solving
Using technological resources for finding and applying information
Practicing logical reasoning, algorithms and programming through making
Using technology as a part of explorative process
Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
Practicing fine motor skills
Practicing categorization and classification
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practising visual recognition

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

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The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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