The Think Central K-6 system is an online learning guide from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that focuses on reading, language arts, mathematics and science education through an easy-to-use interface. The program supplements an educator's teaching curriculum through visual learning and follows the Common Core State Standards Initiative for education.
To aid educators, Think Central incorporates other programs from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, including Go Math!, iTools, a developmental podcast, and various textbooks and digital guides. The program consolidates all of its subjects into a single Web layout that students can access easily from home or in the classroom with their login information. Similarly, educators can track student progress with their own assessment guides, and Think Central also offers remedial workbooks to help students who fall behind in their coursework. The program delivers content in English, but Spanish versions are available for all subjects, as of May 2015.
Scientific research shows that students who use Think Central gain more aptitude for reasoning and communication skills, particularly writing, as students who use the program must explain their problem-solving methods both in writing and orally. Improvements to communication skills, in turn, boost comprehension of math and science, both of which require the ability to summarize and categorize material.