Posts Tagged "Algebra"

New Review: Edmentum’s Plato Courseware

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[Source: Edmentum]

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware for Texas Algebra I, Texas Geometry, Texas Algebra II, and Texas Math Models with Applications is an online program that supports instruction in self-paced, remediation, initial credit, and credit recovery programs. Instruction is provided online and includes some downloadable materials. Plato also provides comprehensive instruction in each of the core subjects, as well as in other content areas (e.g., world languages, College Board approved AP courses).

Courses are made up of units that are broken into a set of short lessons. Most lessons are structured as a tutorial followed by application activities and a mastery test. The tutorial provides direct instruction and guided practice in an interactive slide show format. Application activities include a brief review of tutorial content followed by sets of practice problems with corrective feedback. Mastery tests are short, ten-question tests over lesson content. Students must pass the test with a score of 80% or better. If a student scores below 80%, they may repeat the tutorial and retake the mastery test.

Each unit ends with a Discussion, a printable “Unit Activity,” and a post-test. Discussion questions are open-ended (e.g., “Do you know any real-life applications of variables?). Students respond to the question and view their classmate’s responses using the course’s chat features. Unit Activities require students to synthesize their learning to solve multi-step, real-world problems (e.g., calculating the amount of time it will take a skydiver to reach the ground). Post-tests are made up of a variety of question types, including multiple choice, multiple response (i.e., select all that apply), sequencing, matched pairs, fill-in-the-blank, number line, and “hot spot” items, where students select the correct image on a visual element.

About Edmentum*

Edmentum’s Plato Courseware is a standards-based online learning program grounded in a tradition of solid research, sound pedagogy, and applied innovation. Edmentum develops rigorous, relevant curriculum that challenges your students with a 21st century approach – engaging them with interactive, media-rich content.

Whether your students are falling behind, at grade level, or advanced, accommodate their unique needs in an environment in which they will thrive. Plato Courseware can be used in a lab setting, a blended model in which online courses supplement the traditional classroom, or through a completely virtual experience.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Edmentum.

 

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New Reviews: Mathalicious Lessons for Grades 6-8 & HS Math

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[Source: Mathalicious]

Mathalicious is an online, supplemental resource that supports Common Core middle school and high school math instruction. Instruction emphasizes the application of math to real-world issues and focuses on algebra, geometry, statistics, and probability at the high school level. Instruction is teacher guided and focuses on engaging students in meaningful conversations about mathematics. Learning List has completed reviews for Mathalicious Lessons for Grades 6-8 as well as Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry.

Lessons are designed for use with LCD projectors or interactive white boards and last about two days (block scheduled). Online resources are organized in three parts Plan, Teach, and Reflect. Content includes video and audio clips and interactive slide shows that help students visualize the concepts they are learning. Discussions of problem-solving strategies are integrated throughout instruction.

Mathalicious lessons may be searched by grade level, topic, standard, and key word. Interactive tools enable teachers to display charts, graphs, and data in ways that support student understanding. For example, the “Projector Mode” tool makes interactive graph images bolder and larger for easier viewing using LCD projectors or interactive white boards.

About Mathalicious*

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[Sample Lessons – Source: Mathalicious]

The Mathalicious team thinks the world is an interesting place full of interesting questions. Do people with small feet pay too much for shoes? Do taller Olympic sprinters have an unfair advantage? How have video game consoles changed over time…and are we building the Matrix? They also think math class is the perfect place for students and teachers to explore questions like these, and that it can be the most interesting part of the day.

All teachers want to engage their students in meaningful learning experiences. Mathalicious helps teachers create a different kind of math class. They create lessons that explore the math behind real-world topics, from sports to shopping to the odds of finding life on other planets. These lessons put teachers and students in a position to have interesting conversations that foster a classroom culture of curiosity and rigorous mathematical thinking.

According to Mathalicious, teachers who use their lessons say they enjoy their jobs more, and that their students look forward to coming to class. The Common Core Standards emphasize problem solving and critical thinking. Every Mathalicious lesson is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. In fact, most lessons connect multiple content standards, and help build deep conceptual understanding through real-world contexts. And live more fully in it.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Mathalicious.

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New Reviews: American Learning Labs’ Getting Ready for Algebra

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[Source: American Learning Labs]

American Learning Labs’ Getting Ready for Algebra is a supplemental print resource to help students in grade 6 prepare for algebra. Content is presented in two self-directed study workbooks that focus on teaching problem-solving skills using clear examples and practice problems. Book One addresses real numbers, prime factorization, fractions, decimals, scientific notation, order of operations, area, and perimeter. Book Two addresses operations with positive and negative numbers, absolute value, constants and variables, and solving equations. Learning List has completed reviews of both resources.

In each workbook, instruction emphasizes the role of practice in developing students’ fluency with concepts. New material is introduced in short explanations written in simple language followed by example problems with step-by-step solutions. After each example, students are presented with similar “Try It” problems and sets of practice problems. A “Stop and Check” icon cues students to check their work using the step-by-step solutions provided in the solutions manual. Test packets are sold separately and include four alternate test forms for each workbook’s chapters.

About American Learning Labs*

Three East Texas educators, Betsey McCarty, Daniel Macy and Sara Macy started American Learning Labs to develop improved math and science learning materials. To date, the company has produced four math books which teach fractions, positive and negative numbers, and preparation for high school algebra. Other products under development include preschool activity, science education, and advanced math.

The company has over 40 years of experience in education and leverages what students need in order to learn. Like Albert Einstein, the founders think that learning by example is the way to go, so their books contain lots of examples. In the math books, the writers avoid ‘math speak’, with explanations that are easy to understand, even for non-math people.

Field testing shows that with American Learning Labs’ books, most students are able to discover the patterns of mathematics on their own, with little direct instruction from the teacher. Students can work at their own pace and build a high level of independence, giving the teacher more time to work with those students who require extra help.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from American Learning Labs

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New Review: BFW’s Mathematical Models with Applications

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[Source: BFW]

Bedford, Freeman, & Worth’s Mathematical Models with Applications is a comprehensive high school mathematics course available in print format. Content emphasizes concepts presented in Algebra I and Geometry in order to prepare students for Algebra II; all prerequisite topics for Algebra II are addressed. Instruction emphasizes the development algebraic, graphic, numeric, and geometric reasoning, as well as the use of functions to model real-world applications. Learning List recently published a review of this course.

The first part of the course focuses on algebra and the use of linear equations and functions. Concepts in geometry are presented at naturally occurring points throughout algebra instruction. The course’s latter chapters separately address personal finance, data analysis, and probability. Throughout instruction students learn to identify the relevant elements of a real-world problem, represent them symbolically in a mathematical model, and explain their reasoning in written and spoken formats.

Each chapter includes four types of lessons: (1) Activities, (2) Investigations, (3) Regular Lessons, and (4) Review and Practice. Activities are hands-on experiments that introduce topics and allow students to work collaboratively to collect and analyze data and answer related questions. Investigations are guided discovery activities in which students work with peers to analyze and solve real-world problems (e.g., create a function to help a business price its T-shirts). Regular Lessons provide direct instruction in key concepts. Each chapter includes one Review and Practice (RAP) lesson that reviews previously learned skills.

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New Reviews: Pearson Education’s Texas High School Math Series

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[Source: Pearson]

Pearson Education’s Texas High School Math Series provides comprehensive Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II courses for Texas high schools. Each course features “3-Act Math” problems that develop students’ ability to use mathematics to understand and solve real-world problems. Courses are designed for use in blended learning environments and deliver most content digitally. Resources will be most effective in classrooms in which all students have Internet-enabled devices and teachers are comfortable teaching with technology.

[Source: Pearson]

[Source: Pearson]

Although content is delivered primarily online, each course includes two printed student resources: the “Student Companion” and the “Student Text and Homework Helper.” The Student Companion is a journal to accompany digital classroom instruction and is available as an interactive, electronic workbook and as a printed consumable. The Student Text and Homework Helper is a reference resource available in print and eBook formats. It includes an “Unpacking the TEKS” feature that presents each of the TEKS student expectations, underscoring key terms (e.g., justify); an explanation of the expectation in student-friendly language; and a completed example problem demonstrating mastery of the expectation. Although Learning List’s reviewers did not have access to digital content, the publisher’s materials indicate that online resources include interactive explorations, animations, math tools; a glossary with audio capabilities in English and Spanish; and “Virtual Nerd” video tutorials.

Teacher editions are provided in two volumes and include comprehensive overviews of all teaching resources and assessments and detailed guidance in implementing each instructional activity with students. Teacher resources include background in math content, explanations of why students need to understand this content, and “Unpacking the TEKS” features that clarify what students need to know in order to master the TEKS content and process standards as well as the ELPS and College and Career Readiness standards. Each topic includes a pacing and differentiation guide. Guides provide strategies for English language learners, pre-Advanced Placement students, and each RtI tier. Point-of use resources include teaching notes, questioning guides, checks for student understanding, and answer keys. Click here to register for a demo for any one of these resources.

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