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Data Explorer [Computer software]. (1998+). Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123.  Available from https://www.amazon.com/Data-Explorer-Sunburst-Edwards-Lois/dp/B000EVIX86  Accessed Dec. 30, 2016.

Correlations: Aligned to national standards for grades 4-8.

Tel: n/a

Description:

Open the world of data analysis to your students with Data Explorer! With 11 different types of graphs (including line plot, circle graph, histogram, stem & leaf plot, box plot, scatter plot, line graph, and table) and loads of customizing features, this powerful CD-ROM tool provides the flexibility needed for all your graphing tasks including long-term data analysis projects.

With Data Explorer, students can easily:

Students can also use the advanced features to create multiple box plots and multiple line graphs, sort data and calculate statistics for the data sheet, and compare graphs by layering them with the Transparent option.

 

Destination Math [Computer software]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Digital Solutions.  Headquarters: 125 High Street, Boston, MA 02110. http://www.hmhco.com/ Accessed Aug. 10, 2013.

Correlations: Common Core Math Standards, NCTM standards

Tel: Sales Inquiries: 888-242-6747

Grades: K-12

Description: Learn more about Destination Math at HMH.

The Destination Math Series is a K-12 curriculum that teaches basic skills, math reasoning, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. Using a carefully sequenced curriculum designed around performance objectives aligned to state and national standards, the courses support whole class instruction, collaborative learning and individualized instruction. The design of every unit of Destination Math reflects the emphasis of NCTM standards on mathematics as problem solving and on mathematical connections. 

Individual courses are pre-primary (K-1), primary (2-3), intermediate (4-6), basic (6-8), algebra readiness (6-8 or 7-12).  The program is available in English and Spanish and contains engaging multimedia and interactivity.  Real life examples are included.

The Destination Math series is based on extensive research into the theories and practices of successful math education.

 

digits [Online software]. Pearson Education: Customer Service, P.O. Box 2500, Lebanon, IN 46052.  http://www.pearsonschool.com/  Accessed Jan. 6, 2013.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: Customer Service: 800-848-9500

Grades: 6-8

Description: From the website: http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZwZ5

digits is for middle grades and is "completely written from and to the Common Core State Standards.  digits combines a comprehensive math curriculum, powerful best practices in teaching, and easy-to-use technology so you can deliver personalized instruction effectively and save valuable time.  [Pearson realizes] that you need a variety of tools to accommodate all the learning styles in your classroom. Instead of providing you with a multitude of ancillaries to juggle, digits streamlines instruction through point-of-need resources that are intuitive for teachers, optimize effective time on task, and allow you to address the individual needs of every student – in and out of class."  It features Understanding by Design.

 

Dimenxian [Algebra Game-based software]. DimensionU, Inc., 1895 Billingsgate Circle, Ste B, Richmond, VA 23238. https://www.dimensionu.com/DimU/home/home.aspx  Accessed Mar. 21, 2017.

Correlations: DimensionU games are aligned to Common Core Standards, and state standards

Tel: 877-682-2852 (Sales)

Grades: 6-12+

Description:

Dimenxian is an award-winning 3-D video game intended primarily for middle and high school learners of algebra 1; however, it also has appeal for upper elementary and postsecondary learners.  "A bio-digital virus has been released on a remote island and threatens to infect the world’s eco-system and destroy mankind.  Join forces in a race to disengage the virus and restore the island to its natural environment before it’s too late.  You will have to successfully defend yourself against mutated species – Sentinels – throughout your missions. You are the world’s last chance before the virus seeps into the ocean and infects the world."

Algebra concepts include coordinate systems and scatter plots, investigations and applications in linear relationships, inequalities, data analysis, and graphing of linear equations.  Additional algebra 1 content will be added.

Note: DimensionU also has game-based Evolver Pre-Algebra with investigations of numbers, their properties, fractions, ratios and rates, proportions, expressions, writing and solving equations, patterns and functions, plotting coordinates, and so on.

 

DreamBox Learning K-8 Math.  [Game-based software]. Dreambox Learning, 305 108th Ave NE, Second floor, Bellevue, WA 98004. http://www.dreambox.com/ Accessed Oct. 25, 2014.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: 877-451-7845 toll-free

Grades: K-8

Description: Adapted from the website:

DreamBox uses an online game-based format to teach math to learners in grades K-8.  Content is divided for grade levels K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.  It individualizes learning through continuous assessment and adaptations during lesson game play. Lessons, hints, level of difficulty, pace, sequence, instructional tools, and many other aspects of the experience are tailored to help each student learn.

Students use virtual manipulatives to help with conceptual understanding, rather than just clicking on an answer. Reporting features for teachers and parents are included to monitor progress in real time.

DreamBox is also available for iPad.

 

EducationCity [Online software]. Edmentum [see Edmentum in your state: http://www.edmentum.com/location]. http://us.educationcity.com/us/  Accessed Apr. 5, 2015.

Correlations: state, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards

Tel: 800-447-5286

Grades: preK-6

Description: From the Web site Overview section:

Award-winning "EducationCity is an engaging online program for pre-K through 6th grade language arts, math, science, computing,* matemáticas, and English as a second language. The program includes a wide assortment of teaching resources."  Interactive activities, built-in audio features and animated explanations support kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners.  Teachers can track progress, and preselect homework activities.  Tests are available, which are suitable for summative and diagnostic purposes.

The computing module introduces technology skills (digital literacy, information technology, computer science skills such as coding) to K-5 learners.  Math resources include interactive activities, quizzes/tests, topic tools, and live games.

 

Examview Learning Series [Computer software]. eInstruction by Turning Technologies, 255 West Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503. https://www.turningtechnologies.com/    Accessed Oct. 12, 2017.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts; multiple state standards

Tel: 866-746-3015 (toll free)

Grades: K-12

Description: For more information see: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/products/ExamView?silo=k12

Learning Series Math questions are organized by the following topics: Algebraic Thinking; Data Analysis and Probability; Geometry and Spatial Sense; Measurement and Number Sense; and Concepts and Operations.

There are 7,738 Math items with approximately 385,000 unique iterations with dynamic content, with a mix of computational items and contextual-based items for K-12 math.

Educators use ExamView Learning Series to simulate questions commonly found on states' high-stakes tests and to supplement standards-based instruction.

The entire series includes over 15,600 test questions in English language arts, math, reading, science, and social studies.  Examview Learning Series works with Examview Assessment Suite to produce study guides, worksheets and formative and summative assessments using questions that are organized by discipline and aligned with state academic standards.

 

FASTT Math [Computer software].  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt corporate headquarters: 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116. http://www.hmhco.com/products/fastt-math/   Accessed Apr. 8, 2016.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel:  888-918-6158

Grades: 2-9+

Developers: Dr. Ted Hasselbring and Laura Goin

Note: Per a press release of May 29, 2015, Scholastic educational technology programs are available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Description: From the Web site: http://www.hmhco.com/products/fastt-math/about.htm 

FASTT Math (Fluency and Automaticity through Systematic Teaching with Technology) is for learners in grades 2-9 and up "who are accelerating their acquisition of math facts as well as those who are struggling to catch up. FASTT Math’s adaptive technology creates an individualized learning progression for every student, and embedded assessment ensures math fact mastery" (About FASST Math section).  The program establishes a baseline of math fluency and thereafter provides a continuously adaptive learning environment that increases math fact fluency in customized, 10-minute daily sessions.  Games are included.  Progress monitoring is via student and educator dashboards.

There is a research base for the product effectiveness.  Spanish and English versions are available.

FASTT Math received the 2006 Best Instructional Software in Math CODIE award in the category of Education from the Software & Information Industry Association: http://www.siia.net/

 

Fathom Dynamic Data [Computer software]. (2011+). The Concord Consortium. 25 Love Ln, Concord, MA 01742.  http://fathom.concord.org/   Accessed Aug. 6, 2016.

Correlations: Common Core Math Standards

Tel: 978-405-3200 (Main line at concord.org)

Grades: 8-College

Description:

Fathom is used to gather, explore, and graphically analyze data in depth.  It's appropriate for use in algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, and statistics courses and other courses in which data analysis is included.  Students can explore such concepts as slope, using bivariate data, transforming data, fitting functions, using logarithms, making predictions, probability and sampling simulations, modeling data, numeric methods for derivatives and integrals, performing inference (including chi-square, t-tests, one-way ANOVA, and multiple linear regression).  You can create a variety of graph types (e.g., histograms, bar charts, and dot, box, percentile, ribbon, breakdown, and scatter plots) and choose from 100 built-in functions or create your own formulas.

The site comes with free activities and resources for using Fathom in algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, and science courses.  Resources also include links to data sets and ideas for projects using Fathom.

 

First in Math [Online software]. (2012+). Suntex International, Inc., 3311 Fox Hill Road, Easton, PA 18045. http://www.firstinmath.com/ Accessed Feb. 28, 2013.

Correlations: Common Core Math Standards

Tel: 610-253-5255

Grades: K-8

Description: From the website:

First in Math offers K-8 "comprehensive content-ranging from single—step addition to complex algebra—in an engaging format. Students progress at their own pace to master basic and advanced math skills" (About FIM section).

Its "content is organized into six basic modules: Skill Sets; Just the Facts; Know & Show; Workout Gyms; Bonus Games and Measurement World. Activities are presented in an online "Game" format that engages students" (Program Content section).  Game-style activities provide immediate feedback.

Online skill-sets are grouped as follows.  Groups 1-2: addition and subtraction, 3-4: multiplication and division also promoting development of pattern-sensing and pre-algebra problem-solving skills, 5-6: fractions and decimals that also promotes algebra readiness.  Groups 7-8 continue with preparation for and practice with Algebra.  Focus is on integers, exponents, and skills such as evaluating, factoring, and simplifying algebraic expressions.

Assessment reports enable educators to monitor progress and identify problems that individual learners might be having.

 

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