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Academy of Math [Computer software]. (2007+). EPS/School Specialty, Literacy and Intervention, P.O. Box 9031, Cambridge, MA 02139-9031.  http://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/online-programs/academy-of-math/about-the-program  Accessed Apr. 17, 2016.

Correlations: Common Core standards

Tel: 800-225-5750 Customer Service

Grades: 2-12 Intervention

Description:

The Academy of MATH® is a reader-friendly math intervention software solution that helps at-risk elementary, middle and high school students develop computational fluency through extensive tutorials and practice.  It is based on original research into computer-assisted subskills training.  Students are placed in the program via a diagnostic test.  They draw on mastery of concepts (Terms) to answer operations questions (Operations), then combine their knowledge of concepts and operations to solve higher order problems (Word Problems).  Ten areas are addressed: number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, equations, fractions, geometry, measurement, and graphing.  Reports can be generated to track progress.  The product has a module called Spanish Tutor to help Spanish-speaking students with math instruction.

This software was listed among eSchool News 2006 Readers' Choice Awards for Best Math Software.

 

Accelerated Math; Accelerated Math Fluency [Computer software]. (1999 +). Renaissance Learning, Inc, P.O. Box 8036, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8036. http://www.renaissance.com/ Accessed June 29, 2016.

Correlations: Common Core standards

Tel: 800-338-4204

Note: Among the math solutions are Accelerated Math, STAR Math, and Accelerated Math Fluency (formerly called MathFacts in a Flash).

Grades: Accelerated Math (K-12); Accelerated Math Fluency (1-6, intervention 3-12)

Descriptions:

Accelerated Math includes content for K-8 and high school algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2.  It is a companion product to STAR Math, which is diagnostic for the grade equivalency of students.

Per the Renaissance description, "Students are automatically placed in instructional groups based on STAR Math data, and the software automatically schedules standards coverage for the entire school year. You can provide practice assignments for each student group at the appropriate level to effectively differentiate instruction and move each student toward deep standards mastery. After completing their assignments, each student receives immediate feedback, and the data is delivered to the math teacher dashboard, so teachers can monitor progress. ... Teachers use their existing curriculum plus worked examples, sample problems, instructional videos, and math glossary terms from the software. Students receive assignments—online or on paper—tailored to the next subskills they're ready to work. Assignments are scored quickly, and teachers and students receive immediate feedback and reports to monitor progress and target instruction."

"Accelerated Math Fluency measures fluency [of math facts] within 71 levels of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, squares, fractions, decimals, and percentages." It is for grades 1-6 and intervention in grades 3-12.

 

Acuity [Formative assessment software]. (2007+). CTB/McGraw-Hill, Customer Services Department, P.O. Box 881002, Indianapolis, IN 46208.  http://www.ctb.com/ctb.com/control/productFamilyViewAction?productFamilyId=444&p=products  Accessed May 20, 2014.

Correlations: Common Core standards, NCTM standards

Tel: Product Info: 800-538-9547

Grades: K-12, Algebra for 6-12

Description: From the website:

Acuity will prepare your students to learn real-world skills with the following Common Core assessment tools:

Acuity Common Core is available for grade bands K-2, 3-8, and high school.

Acuity Algebra for grades 6-12 includes three flexible components that measure readiness, monitor ongoing progress, and assess proficiency. Items are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2000 standards. Each grade level has placement assessment, algebra progress-monitoring assessments, proficiency assessment, item banks, and reports.

 

AC Math [Computer software]. (2007+).  Adaptive Curriculum, 1620 N. 82nd Place, Suite B, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.  http://www.adaptivecurriculum.com Accessed July 21, 2015. Email: info@adaptivecurriculum.com

Correlations: designed to conform to district, state, and national standards, Common Core math standards

Tel: 888-999-9319

Grades: 6-12

Description: Adapted from the web site:

AC Math promotes math mastery through dynamic, interactive learning.  It was developed as a digital solution to take full advantage of the online environment and cutting-edge instructional tools such as interactive whiteboards.

It contains:

Adaptive Curriculum also has math apps for your PC or tablet, considered e-books.  Among those from 2012 are Algebra 1: Linearity, Slope, and Direct Variation (small fee); Geometry: Circumference and Arc Length (free).  Others are planned.

 

Aha!Math [Computer software]. (2007+). Learning.com, 1620 SW Taylor St, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97205. http://www.learning.com Accessed Jan. 2, 2013. Email: info@learning.com

Correlations: state and Common Core Math Standards

Tel: 800-580-4640

Grades: K-5

Description: Adapted from the web site:

Aha!Math is web-delivered supplemental curriculum for grades K-5.  It focuses on key foundational math concepts in numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, data analysis and probability.  Visual, auditory and interactive experiences enable students to build conceptual and procedural knowledge, discovery and analytical skills, and enhance their problem-solving and 21st century skills.  Games based on real world challenges are used to motivate. Digital coaches support students with multiple levels of feedback and instructional support.  There is a management system for simple set-up and intuitive use.  Educators can customize the scope and sequence of assignments for students.

"Aha!Math gives you the data you need to make informed instructional decisions, provides prescriptive recommendations and contains all the components for implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) for K-5 math" (Aha!Math Overview).

 

ALEKS [Computer software]. (2007+). ALEKS Corporation, 15460 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618.  http://www.aleks.com/ Accessed Aug. 3, 2016.  Email via https://www.aleks.com/support/form 

Correlations: State standards and Common Core State Standards for grades 3-12: http://www.aleks.com/k12/state_standards

Tel: 714-245-7191

Grades: 3-12

Description: From the web site: 

ALEKS, which stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces, is an artificial-intelligence based program for individualized math learning in K-12 (beginning with grade 3), higher education, and continuing education (http://www.aleks.com/about_aleks/course_products). It is available on the web in both English and Spanish.  It was developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS also has a line of software for middle school math that can be used in response to intervention programs.

Per its K-12 description: "ALEKS is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn't know." ALEKS is research based, includes individualized assessment and learning for grades 3-12, progress monitoring for mastery of the Common Core Standards, a math fact mastery program, and avoids multiple-choice questions.

 

Algebra Academy [Computer software]. (2011). Pitsco Education, P.O. Box 1708, Pittsburg, KS 66762. http://systems.pitsco.com/ Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.

Correlations: State and Common Core standards

Tel: 800-835-0686 for orders

Grades: 7-10

Description: From the web site:

"The Algebra Academy offers hands-on STEM courses for Algebra Readiness and Algebra I. Each course has been written and developed to meet state and national standards and provide students with rich, connected learning experiences in mathematics. Both courses are delivered in three distinct phases of instruction. Each phase introduces core strands of highly integrated mathematical concepts and successfully guides students to increasing levels of sophistication and depth of knowledge. This project-based, hands-on curriculum combines Individualized Prescriptive Lessons™, cooperative learning, Culminating Group Activities, and diagnostic assessments to build coherent mathematical literacy across Grades 7 through 10. These Pitsco Education courses effectively combine key learning components such as factual knowledge, procedural proficiency, and conceptual understanding with nontraditional, project-based activities." (Curriculum, Algebra Academy, Overview section)

 

Algebra 1: A Function Approach. (2010+). Fuel Education, LLC, 2300 Corporate Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20171. https://www.fueleducation.com/ Accessed July 8, 2017.

Correlations: state and national standards

Tel: 866-912-8588

Grades: high school

Description:  From the website:

Algebra 1: A Function Approach has two parts, each a semester long course.  In both parts, learners also use virtual manipulatives from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, and other interactive media.

Part 1 "is designed to provide students with varied approaches to solving real-world application problems. This course focuses on identifying functional relationships including determining dependence, identifying and analyzing rate of change, making predictions from data, and using data to generalize and develop equations to predict trends. The primary focus is on developing linear functions and solving linear equations, linear inequalities, and linear systems. Developing quadratic functions and solving quadratic equations are covered to a lesser extent and exponential functions are introduced" (Part 1 Course Description).

Part 2 is a continuation of Part 1. "Part 2 provides students with more approaches to the real-world application of algebra. The continued focus of this course is on functional relationships and the various uses of a rate of change. This course moves on to writing and solving equations, linear models in two variables, linear inequalities, and systems of equations and inequalities. Polynomials, their applications, and the factoring of polynomials are examined. Quadratics, their roots, factors, zeros, and solutions are introduced, followed by the quadratic formula, laws of exponents, exponential functions, and functions of inverse variation" (Part 2 Course Description).

Note: This course is among several math courses for K-12 offered by this company.

 

Algebra Problem Solvers [Computer software]. (2000 +). CyberEd, Inc., P.O. Box 551, East Setauket, NY 11733.  http://www.cyberedinc.com Accessed Jan. 2, 2013. Email: cybered@compuserve.com

Correlations: none

Tel: 800-200-8160 or 631-642-2030

Developer: Theo Monahas

Description: From the web site:

Two solvers are available, which apply to Basic Algebra thru College Algebra and Precalculus:

Home schoolers, distance learners, and high school and college students needing additional help will appreciate these comprehensive learning tools for algebra.  Download via the Internet, or via CD.

 

A+nyWhere Learning System. (2007+). [Integrated curriculum]. Fuel Education, LLC, 2300 Corporate Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20171. http://www.getfueled.com/  Accessed Jul. 27, 2015.

Correlations: Common Core and all state standards

Tel: 866-912-8588

Grades: 1-12 in math

Description:  From the website:

A+nyWhere Learning System provides prescriptive learning and remediation courseware for grades 1-12.  Educators can create placement tests within the curriculum based on any national or state learning objective.

Mathematics titles for grades 1-8 are provided, along with pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and math foundations.  Content that is supported by pictures and diagrams. Onscreen manipulatives such as scientific and standard calculators assist students with their work. All titles have extensive tutorial support and are fully correlated to major mastery standards and many leading adopted textbooks.

ALS content is driven by the direct instruction approach to mastery with a four step approach that includes study guides, practice tests or quizzes, mastery tests, and constructed responses or essays.

The A+nyWhere Learning System runs on Windows® and Macintosh® desktop and laptop computers, Google Chromebook™ notebook computers, as well as on the iPad.

 

Apex Learning Math [Online software]. (2007+). Apex Learning, 1215 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500, Seattle, WA 98161. http://www.apexlearning.com/ Accessed May 24, 2016.

Correlations: NCTM and state standards; plus  Common Core for new courses in Algebra I & II, Geometry, Integrated Math I-III, and 4th Year Math.

Tel: 800-453-1454 (Sales) or 206-381-5600

Grades: 6-12

Description: From the web site:

Apex Learning offers comprehensive courses in Math Foundations I & II, Introductory Algebra, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Integrated Math I-III, Precalculus, Probability and Statistics, Math of Personal Finance, Financial Literacy, AP Calculus (AB level), and AP Statistics.

The programs, which use interactive instruction with practice problems, tests, enrichment activities and real-world applications, are offered online by subscription.  Courses are suitable for classroom use, distance learning, homeschooling, and tutoring.

For the new math courses designed to meet Common Core State Standards (Algebra I & II, Geometry, and Mathematics I-III), the "Test items represent the variety of item types found on PARCC and SBAC assessments" (Info, Common Core section).

 

Brainingcamp [Online software]. (2010+). P.O. Box  685072, Austin, TX 78768-5072. http://www.brainingcamp.com  Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.

Correlations: NCTM and state standards

Tel: 888-967-2267

Grades: 6-8

Description: From the web site:

Brainingcamp online educational math software engages and motivates middle school students. The computer program uses interactive activities that develop conceptual understanding, connect math to the real world, and build critical problem solving skills.  Brainingcamp is suitable for the classroom and computer lab.  Strands addressed include algebra, numbers and operations, geometry and measurement, data analysis and probability, and problem-solving.

Brainingcamp also has iPad math apps: algebra tiles, area of triangles, number rods, and histograms.

 

Carnegie Learning Math Curricula [Print and computer software curricula] (2003+). Carnegie Learning, Inc., Frick Building, Suite 918, 437 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. http://www.carnegielearning.com/  Accessed Jan. 2, 2013.

Correlations: NCTM standards, Common Core State Standards

Tel: Toll Free: 888-851-7094

Grades: 6-12+

Description:  Adapted from the website:

Carnegie Learning Mathematics Curricula is a comprehensive research-based program that integrates computer technology and classroom instruction.  It is suitable for middle school, high school, and in introductory college level mathematics programs

"The Carnegie Learning Math Series: Courses 1-3 is a three-year sequence providing a complete set of research-based educational materials to inspire all middle school students to master mathematical concepts and skills."

High School courses include Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Integrated Mathematics I, II, III.  The methodology is learning by doing, and is based upon John Anderson's ACT cognitive learning theory.  Anderson is a world-renowned cognitive scientist at Carnegie Mellon University.

Cognitive Tutor also provides a solution for Higher Ed.  Students work in a self-paced environment with the Cognitive Tutor software for approximately 40% of each week’s class time and spend the remaining 60% of class time engaged in collaborative learning activities and student-centered problems.  Computer time is spent solving "real-world" problems that incorporate the active use of spreadsheets, graphs, equation solvers and other tools, depending on the student's progress.

Learning is individualized and assisted with multiple representations of concepts.  Student progress is tracked and problems are assigned based on student strengths, weaknesses, and cognitive model.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  Note Carnegie Tutor Algebra I was recognized by the What Works Clearinghouse as meeting evidence standards for student learning.

Carnegie Learning also has blended math, adaptive math, developmental math, algebra readiness, response to intervention, homeschool math, and textbook solutions.

 

Classworks Applied Mathematics [Web-based software]. (2015).  Classworks, 5185 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 285.  Peachtree Corners, GA 30092.  http://www.classworks.com Accessed Jan. 9, 2016

Correlations: state and Common Core standards

Tel: 888-841-4790

Grades: K-8

Description: See http://www.classworks.com/features/math

Key features of Applied Mathematics, as noted from the Classworks website:

Overall, the product enables differentiated instruction to help learners "develop conceptual understanding, reasoning skills, and mathematical communication."

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