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New Review: TeachMe’s Math Games

TeachMe Math GamesLearning List has reviewed TeachMe’s Math Games. This is a supplemental online product that supports math instruction for grades PK-8. Instruction uses an online suite of math games and apps to engage students using interactive, play-based learning experiences. Games address the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) content standards at each grade level. The CCSSM Mathematical Process Standards are not taught.

Math Games organizes content at each grade level by math skills (e.g., comparison, fractions) and CCSSM content standards. Instruction is presented in games that provide corrective feedback and progress through a set of related skills. Many games are text-based and require students to read instructions, word problems, and written answers, which may present challenges for emerging readers, struggling readers, and English language learners. A robotic audio reader is provided.

Learning List’s reviewers found Math Games to be a valuable resource in supporting RtI students, noting that teachers may create customized lessons to improve fluency and to address basic concepts (e.g., open or closed shapes) that build understanding of more rigorous content. Math Games are available at no cost at www.mathgames.com

About TeachMe*

TeachMe’s games and apps are guided by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and pay careful attention to regional curriculum all over the world. Math Games uses a customized approach to learning and games change based on who is playing, their mastery of skills and their experiences.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Math Games.

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New Review: BrainPop

BrainPopLearning List recently reviewed BrainPOP’s core content resources (i.e., science, social studies, mathematics, and English language arts) for grades K-8. BrainPOP is a supplemental program that supports instruction in the core content areas as well as technology, arts and music, and health. Resources are available online and include some printable materials (e.g., worksheets). Instruction uses engaging videos and interactive concept maps to address content.

BrainPOP organizes content in “Topics” that address a range of subject-area concepts (e.g., atoms, citizenship, writing skills). Topics include a short movie in which an animated characters named Annie (grades K-3) and Tim (grades 4-8) and their robot friend Moby explore a question (e.g., How do tornadoes form?). Movies provide background information, explore and illustrate key concepts (e.g., updrafts), and introduce and define new vocabulary.

After the movie, students can “Make a Map” and/or take a short quiz over content. Make a Map allows students to create a concept map using a set of premade map templates, such as compare and contrast, vocabulary, cyclical relationships, and problem/solution analysis. Tools also allow students to create entirely new concept maps. The quiz is a five-question multiple-choice check for understanding.

Other resources include content-related games, an “FYI” feature, and additional activities related to the video. FYI is a set of 5-paragraph, illustrated, informational articles and a related comic that extend students’ learning. For example, the FYI for a social studies topic addressing the California Gold Rush includes articles about traveling to California Trail and the Donner Party, John Sutter, and a comic addressing gold prices.

About BrainPOP*

BrainPOP was founded in 1999 by Avraham Kadar, M.D., an immunologist and pediatrician, as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients. Today, BrainPOP is used in 25 percent of U.S. elementary and middle schools, with rapid international growth. An in-house team of educators, animators, and writers produce and continually improve BrainPOP, incorporating valuable teacher and parent input.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BrainPOP.

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New Review: Edmentum’s Plato Courseware

[Source: Edmentum]

[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 Review: McGraw Hill’s Thrive™ Math

[Source: McGraw Hill]

[Source: McGraw Hill]

McGraw Hill’s Thrive™ powered by Time To Know® is a comprehensive, online resource to support English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science instruction in 1:1 computer-based learning environments. Resources support teacher-led, data-driven instruction in classrooms that integrate technology. Learning List recently reviewed Thrive math resources for grades 3 – Algebra 2.

Thrive math presents content at each grade level in units that focus on developing students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, fluency skills, and ability to solve real-world problems. Units are framed by an essential question (e.g., “What does multiplication mean?”) and are made up of lessons that include teacher-led and student-directed activities. Lessons include animations, videos, and learning games to engage students and frame content. Engaging digital manipulatives (e.g., number lines) are integrated throughout instruction. Students have access to audio readers and interactive math tools, such as number lines, place value charts, and graphic organizers. Students may share their work with the class using the program’s “Gallery” feature.

Teachers have access to a set of tools to facilitate learning in a 1:1 environment. The “Eyes on the Teacher” tool alerts students that the teacher requires their attention. “Follow Me” and “Stop Line” tools allow teachers to control students’ navigation and progress. When using Follow Me, teachers control students’ navigation through the lesson. Stop Line allows teachers to place a “stop line” that prevents students from progressing past a particular point in a lesson.

About Thrive Math*

A focused, rigorous progression of concepts essential for math comprehension grounds the Thrive math program, engineered to meet the new standards. Engaging and age‐appropriate lesson animations and videos, explicit definitions of key terms and concepts, and scaffolded problem‐solving with instant and targeted feedback ensure students are ready for high‐stakes testing.

Interactive lessons that balance conceptual understanding with procedural fluency ask learners to make sense of real‐life questions as they figure out, engage with, and look for structure and meaning in the world around them.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education.

 

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New Review: McGraw Hill’s ALEKS High School Math Resources

[Source: McGraw Hill]

[Source: McGraw Hill]

McGraw Hill’s ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a comprehensive, online program that provides adaptive math instruction for students in grades 3-12. Content is available online and includes some printable resources (e.g., worksheets). Instruction is presented using individualized, interactive tutorials that focus on a specific concept. Learning List recently reviewed ALEKS resources for high school math courses.

Students take an “Initial Assessment” that evaluates they know and the concepts they are ready to learn. Based on the results of the Initial Assessment, each student receives a “Student Assessment Report” that clarifies the topics they will be assigned in “ALEKS Learning Mode.”

In ALEKS Learning Mode, students receive direct instruction and have opportunities for guided and independent practice. Instruction focuses on a single topic or concept (e.g., the multiplicative property of equality with decimals) and begins with an example problem, its solutions, and an explanation of the strategy used to find the solution. After the example problem, students are presented with a set of similar practice problems.

ALEKS supports instruction in a variety of learning environments, including teacher-led, self-directed, and distance learning programs. Content is fully customizable and available in English and Spanish.

About McGraw Hill Education and ALEKS*

McGraw-Hill Education, a leading digital learning company, acquired ALEKS Corporation in 2013 At the time of the acquisition, McGraw-Hill Education had marketed and sold ALEKS for math in the higher education space for more than 10 years.

* The content in this section is provided by or adapted from McGraw Hill Education

 

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