New Reviews: Compass Learning Supplemental Hybridge™ Math

Hybridge (TM)Video [Source: Compass Learning]

Hybridge™ Video [Source: Compass Learning]

Compass Learning’s supplemental Hybridge™ Math program provides interactive, online mathematics instruction for grades K-8. Resources support instruction in blended learning environments and integrate easily with offline content. At the elementary level (K-5), instruction supports the development of algebraic reasoning, data analysis, and financial literacy skills. Content includes multimedia resources that illustrate and explain mathematics concepts in visually appealing segments appropriate to students’ age and attention span.

Hybridge™ Math is a flexible program that may be used to supplement core math instruction in several ways. Teachers may select pre-made lessons that address a particular standard or topic covered in core math instruction. Teachers may also create customized lessons for individual students or groups of students. Customized learning paths are created using diagnostic pre-tests that adapt instruction based on individual student’s needs. Teachers may create their own diagnostic tests using program software or they may use a premade assessment provided by one of Compass Learning’s assessment partners (i.e., Northwest Evaluation Association, Scantron, and Renaissance Learning).

[Source: Compass Learning]

[Source: Compass Learning]

Most lessons take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete and include direct instruction, guided and independent practice, and a short assessment. Lessons increase in complexity across grade levels and include topics in geometry, mathematical operations, measurement and data, algebraic thinking, and financial literacy. At grade K, lessons help students learn to count and understand quantities. Lessons for grades 3-5 include operations with fractions. Instruction is presented in video lessons and narrated slide shows that include interactive games, puzzles, and activities. Familiar, age-appropriate characters engage students with humor, vivid graphics, and a conversational tone. Some lessons include printable worksheets to accompany instruction and most lessons include a short quiz.

EDDIE Award [Source: Computed Gazette]

EDDIE Award [Source: Computed Gazette]

NOTE: Compass Learning, a leader in learning acceleration, has recently earned an Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards for its newly-released learning acceleration software™ that was selected from submissions worldwide: Hybridge™ won the best Reading/Math solution for Middle School.

 

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New Reviews: McGraw-Hill Texas Social Studies Electives

[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

[Source: McGraw-Hill Education]

McGraw-Hill Education’s Texas Social Studies Series includes comprehensive courses for high school social studies electives, including Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and U.S. Government. Learning List has reviewed this series relative to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The Economics course introduces students to the fundamentals of economics, including the effects of economic policies and decisions on daily life. Instruction addresses principles of economics and includes background on the key figures and events that have contributed to development of contemporary economic theories.

Understanding Psychology covers fundamental concepts in psychology with a focus on research and statistics in the field.

Sociology and You addresses how social structures shape human societies and behavior.

U.S. Government addresses the foundations, structures, and processes of U.S. government and their effect on civic life.

Teach Your Way [Source:McGraw-Hill Education]

Teach Your Way [Source:McGraw-Hill Education]

In each course, content is organized using Understanding by Design® (UBD) model, which frames instruction in terms of “Enduring Understandings” and “Essential Questions.” Course resources support instruction in blended learning environments and include interactive content and include engaging multimedia features, such as videos and interactive learning tools.

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“A Resource Review Service By and For Educators™” – Meet Learning List’s Reviewers

20141016 expertLearning List is a “resource review service by and for educators™.” We recognize that our reviews are only as good as the educators we hire to do the reviews. We are often asked, “Who are your reviewers?” The bios of our Leadership Team members and of our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are available on the Our Team page of our website.

Our Leadership team has deep and diverse experience in education law, policy, research and practice, as well as in the education publishing and high tech industry. We currently employ over 40 highly qualified SMEs to review materials for alignment and for the editorial reviews. Our reviewers:

  • Must have at least five years of teaching experience, though on average, our SMEs have 17 years of teaching experience;
  • Must be certified in the grades and subjects of the products they review; 73 percent of them have either a master’s or Doctorate degree, and almost half of them (48%) are ESL certified; and
  • To maintain the independence of our reviews, our SMEs cannot have worked for a publisher or online content developer within the prior two years of working with us or during their tenure with Learning List.

Verifying a product’s alignments is an inherently subjective process. To reduce the subjectivity, at least two and often three SMEs, as well as our Director of Alignment, sequentially contribute to Learning List’s alignment verifications. The same SMEs provide feedback for the product’s editorial review, so those reviews reflect the perspectives of multiple educators.

While each SME must have experience aligning materials to standards, Learning List provides rigorous initial training and individual feedback after each alignment is completed. Having reviewed over 500 materials in the four core subjects, our SMEs are experienced product reviewers.

To learn more about SMEs or to join the Learning List team, click here.

20141016 Learning List team

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