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Mathematica [Computer software]. (2011+). Wolfram Research, Inc., 100 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL 61820-7237. http://www.wolfram.com  Accessed Sept. 1, 2014.

Tel: 800-965-3726 to purchase

Description: From the website: http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/

"Mathematica--[is] not just for computation but for modeling, simulation, visualization, development, documentation, and deployment." Create fully interactive applications.  It is the "ultimate technical computing environment."  There is also a web version: Mathematica Online.

Programming with Mathematica: An Introduction by WellinFor those who use Mathematica, consider Programming with Mathematica: An Introduction by Paul Wellin, 2013.  "Starting from first principles, this book covers all of the foundational material needed to develop a clear understanding of the Mathematica language, with a practical emphasis on solving problems."  The book is ideal for self-study.

 

 

Math 180 [online software]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Headquarters: 125 High Street, Boston, MA 02110. http://www.hmhco.com/products/math-180/   Accessed Jan. 24, 2017.  Email:  customerservice@hmhpub.com

Correlations: Common Core State Standards.

Tel: 888-918-6158 to learn more

Grades: 5 and up

Description: Derived from the website:

Math 180 is intervention software for struggling students in grades 5 and up.  Students might be two or more years behind in math. There are two courses, each focusing on reasoning and using visual models to help in developing conceptual understanding.  Course 1 is on developing numerical reasoning (e.g., in multiplication, division, fractions, decimals); Course 2 is pre-algebra (e.g., rate, ratio, percent, functions, equations, linear relationships) .  Content in each course is organized in 9 blocks of instruction.  Each block relates its mathematical theme to careers and stories of interest to learners.  Access is via any computer with internet access.  Students will appreciate the personalized learning and collaborative learning features of Math 180.  Teachers will appreciate the professional learning tools to differentiate instruction, plan lessons linked to standards, ability to view instructional videos and to use whiteboard technology with Math 180, and get student progress reports.

 

Math Advantage [Computer software]. (2012). Encore Software, Inc., 999 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 700, El Segundo, CA 90245. http://www.encoreusa.com  Accessed Jan. 4, 2013.

Tel: 800-395-0277

Description:

Encore Software Math Advantage 2012

Math Advantage has been available for several years with 2012 being the newest version: Encore Software Math Advantage 2012.  Math Advantage is packed with lessons and exercises from Elementary School to High School, each designed to prepare students for success in state standards testing.  Build fundamental skills with Basic Math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Expand your horizons with Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry. Prepare for High School and College with Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus and Statistics.

 

Math Amigo [Software for Handheld Units]. Valiant Technology. Available: Valiant USA, PO Box 639, Forest Park, IL 60130. http://www.valiant-technology.com/ Accessed Sept. 1, 2014.

Correlations: not available

Tel: 888-366-6628 (Toll free)

Grades: K-8

Description:

Math Amigo (http://www.valiant-technology.com/us/pages/mahome.php) is drill and practice software for handheld units, which has supporting desktop management software to help monitor student progress.  Curriculum for grades 1-8 is addressed from counting through pre-algebra.   Students can work at their pace with individualized activities.  There is automatic marking with instant feedback.  The system tracks student performance and adjusts question difficulty to meet student needs.  Tutorials help students to develop concepts and methods.  The Teacher Alerts and analysis features draw attention to those who need additional help and suggest how to provide it.

This software is listed among Best Software for Teaching Basic Math Literacy in eSchool News' 2005 Readers Choice Awards.

 

Math Blaster Series [Computer software]. (1997+). Knowledge Adventure, 2377 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 302, Torrance CA 90501. http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/school/mathblaster/Default.aspx Accessed Sept. 1, 2014.

Correlations: NCTM standards.

Tel: 800-871-2969 for customer service

Grades: preK-9

Description:

Math Blaster was developed by Knowledge Adventure and is available by age groups 4-6, 5-7, 6-8, and 9-12.

The Math Blaster Series develop PreK-9 students’ ability to handle math problems of increasing difficulty.  It also develops students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. The programs provide core curriculum content through comprehensive lessons and activities, which provide students a complete curriculum review. Graphics throughout are very engaging.

Other products in the Blaster series include Math Blaster Pre-algebra and Math Blaster Master the Basics.

Visit Cool Math, the Math Blaster free online games at http://www.mathblaster.com/coolmath/ and Jumpstart.com, educational games for kids in math, reading, critical thinking, science and geography.

 

Math Buddies [Online digital software].  Marshall Cavandish Corporation, 99 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591.   http://www.mceducation.us/math-buddies/ Accessed Aug. 5, 2016.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: 800-821-9881 for customer service

Grades: K-5

Description:

Math Buddies is an online digital curriculum for grades K-5 that uses the Singapore math approach to support learning.  It features multimedia lessons to support teaching concepts, step-by-step practice problems, differentiated practices for different ability levels, assessments for tracking progress, question-analysis capability to identify common mistakes, non-routine questions, and self-assessment features for learners.  The "bar model" method, including an interactive applet, is introduced for solving complex word problems.

 

Math in Focus [includes digital components]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Headquarters: 125 High Street, Boston, MA 02110.  http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/math/math-in-focus-singapore-math   Accessed Aug. 14, 2013.  Email:  customerservice@hmhpub.com

Correlations: Common Core State Standards.

Tel: 800-225-5425 (Customer service for HMH preK-8 Educational Materials)

Grades: K-8

Description: Derived from the website:

Math in Focus features the Singapore math process.  "The Singapore math process introduces a middle step between the concrete and abstract called the pictorial approach. This is where students use physical objects to demonstrate how to solve equations. It also asks students and teachers to draw a diagram of the concepts going they are working on. They learn to use model drawing to solve and better understand word problems. The pictorial approach allows students to have a tactile experience instead of trying to imagine the problem in their heads. By having students in Singapore math diagram the elements of the word problem they develop a strong understanding of why a solution works."

 

Math for the Real World [Computer software].  Knowledge Adventure, 2377 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 302, Torrance CA 90501. http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/school/othertitles/MFTRW.aspx Last Accessed Jan. 5, 2015.

Tel: 800-871-2969 for customer service

Grades: 4-8

Description: See details on Math for the Real World at http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/school/othertitles/MFTRW.aspx

"Topical word problems and interactive activities teach real-world, critical thinking skills for daily situations. Over 4,000 problems in nine key areas introduce everyday math skills such as telling time and counting money, while reinforcing key concepts such as logic, fractions, and decimals. A detailed on-screen reference library is included."

 

Math Pathways [Computer software]. Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Available from http://www.learningservicesus.com/home/ls2/smartlist_249/sunburst.html  Accessed Dec. 30, 2016.

Tel: 800-321-7511 (Sunburst)

Correlations: NCTM standards

Grades: 6-12

Description: Also see http://software.sunburst.com/  

Math Pathways is a standards-based middle and high school (6-12) mathematics solution that includes interactive content on every subject of math, enabling instructors to use numerous teaching methodologies (or pathways) to illustrate math concepts. The programs include content linked to major math textbooks, assessment exercises, video and audio real world examples, quizzes and tests, animation, a mathematical dictionary and even virtual reality to illustrate these key math concepts and lessons.

Titles are available for grades 6-8, algebra 1 and 2, plane and solid geometry, and trigonometry.

 

MathMedia Educational Software. (1993+). MathMedia Educational Software, Inc., 3641 Pebble Beach Road, Northbrook, IL 60062.  http://www.mathmedia.com   Accessed Jan. 4, 2013. Email: info@mathmedia.com

Correlations: The developers promote "curriculum design delivering the National Common Core Standards" (About Us section).

Tel: 888-367-6284

Grades: K-20

Description: From the website:

MathMedia delivers K-20 instructional math software with interactive learning and easy-to-use assessment tools. This 35-program product line includes: elementary arithmetic, basic math, algebra, geometry, advanced math (trigonometry, precalculus and basic calculus through derivatives), SAT prep, and CLEP prep software.  This tutorial software is an instructional resource to be used as a curriculum or within the curriculum for extra help.

Online versions from arithmetic through advanced math are available.

 

Measures of Academic Progress [Computerized assessment]. The Northwest Evaluation Association.  Main office: 121 NW Everett St., Portland OR 97209. http://www.nwea.org/ Accessed Feb. 25, 2015.

Correlations: aligned to state and national standards, including Common Core.

Tel: 503-624-1951 or 866-654-3246 (toll-free, not for technical support)

Grades: 2-12

Description: See the website: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/ 

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive interim assessment program for mathematics, reading, and language usage.  Norm-referenced results can be used to identify skills and concepts that students have learned, diagnose instructional needs, monitor academic growth over time independent of grade level or age, make data-driven decisions, and place new students in instructional programs.  Students can be tested up to four times a year.  The program accommodates students with special needs; the test is not timed and the program can read questions aloud.

Other products include MAP for mathematics with Spanish audio, and MAP for grades K-2.

 

MobyMax [online software]. (2010+). MobyMax. P.O. Box 392395, Pittsburgh, PA 15251. http://www.mobymax.com/  Accessed Nov. 1, 2017.

Correlations: Common Core standards

Tel: 888-793-8331

Grades: K-8

Description:  From the website description and InfoKit.

Moby Math was first released in 2010 and with addition of other subjects, its name was changed to MobyMax in 2013.  MobyMax provides award-winning curriculum for every K-8 subject.  The adaptive technology in math enables personalized learning, and also includes Fact Fluency and Number Sense.  The software provides adaptive test prep.  It identifies learning gaps and then automatically assigns lessons (narrated and animated) to address missing skills, thus enabling individualized learning.  "MobyMax's curriculum is free for an unlimited number of students! A MobyMax Pro license gives you features like progress monitoring, placement tests, classroom tools, and student motivational tools."  You only need internet access and a browser (InfoKit).  Assessments include multiple choice and constructed-response prompts.  Every problem includes instant feedback.  There are whiteboard activities, a student response system, and built-in engagement (e.g., games, badges, contests, daily challenges, comics) .

 

Number Worlds [Computer software]. (2007+). McGraw-Hill SRA 220 East Danieldale Road Desoto, TX 75115-2490 [for mail orders]. http://www.sranumberworlds.com/ Accessed Mar. 3, 2014.

Correlations: Common Core standards, NCTM standards; several state standards

Tel: For orders: 888-SRA-4543

Grades: preK-8

Description:  From the web site:

SRA Number Worlds is an intervention math program that focuses on students who are one or more grade levels behind in mathematics. All the tools teachers need to assess students' abilities, individualize instruction, build foundational skills and concepts, and make learning fun are provided in this math remediation program.

There are two levels: SRA Number Worlds includes a prevention program for Grades PreK-1 that builds foundational math skills and prepares younger children to understand more complex concepts later (Levels A-C). This unique 30 week course of daily instruction improves students' grasp of the world of mathematics so they can move forward with the head start they need.  For students in grades 2-8 (Levels D-J) who are one or more grade levels behind in mathematics, the Number Worlds intervention program builds on students' current level of understanding with six 4-week intensive units per grade for faster assimilation back into math class.

Also see Number Worlds at McGraw-Hill Education and read more about this program in Applying Games and Manipulatives in Math Intervention Curriculum to Foster Enhanced Conceptual Understanding of Numbers by Dr. Sharon Griffin.  " In this paper, the author of SRA Number Worlds describes the very different roots of this curriculum and the ways that research in the cognitive sciences has shaped not only the learning goals of the program but also the manner in which these goals are taught" (p. 2).

 

Odyssey Math [Computer software]. (2011+). CompassLearning, Inc., 203 Colorado Street, Austin, TX. http://www.compasslearning.com Accessed Jan. 4, 2013.

Correlations: NCTM and Common Core standards

Tel: 866-586-7387 (Sales)

Grades: K-12

Description: See http://www.compasslearning.com/odyssey

Odyssey Math is a comprehensive standards-based, browser-based solution for students in kindergarten through high school grouped in grade bands K-5, 6-8, 9-12. Odyssey Math incorporates activities aligned with state and national standards and meets the guidelines of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Assessment of Educational Progress.  Among features are:

Note: "CompassLearning Odyssey provides diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments that evaluate the instructional focus of the CCSS and support real-world application and analysis. More than 2,100 new assessment items have recently been added to the already existing CompassLearning Odyssey bank of 45,000 items to measure students’ strengths and needs against the Common Core standards." (Odyssey and Common Core Brochure section)

 

Optimum [Computer software]. (1997+). Photonics Graphics, 2244 Park Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206. http://www.optimumtest.com Accessed Nov. 17, 2015.  Email: info@photonicsgraphics.com

Correlations: Ohio, Illinois, and New Jersey State Department of Education Guidelines, and NCTM standards

Tel: 888-548-4440 x 107

Grades: 3-5, 9-12

Description: From the website:

Optimum for Elementary Math  (Grades 3, 4, & 5) was designed to assist teachers and parents in reviewing grade appropriate math topics, while helping to assess areas that need additional intervention. The standards addressed in this program include Number & Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra & Patterns and Data Analysis & Probability.  Each grade (3rd, 4th, and 5th) has 275 math questions: 5 mixed drills, 5 single standard drills, and 1 section with 25 open-ended questions. Explanations of answers with voice and on-screen text are given on multiple choice questions, while sample solutions are given for open-ended questions.  Multiple choice questions are also computer graded, with sub-grading by standard.  The administrative component permits teachers to track student scores.

Optimum for the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is an interactive program for students to prepare for Ohio’s 10th grade state assessment test. Practice tests and questions in subject areas are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s guidelines and mirrors the actual OGT test.  It is also an effective intervention tool to help determine where a student needs further work.

Optimum for Assessment Test Preparation: CD-ROMs are available in customized versions for Ohio, Illinois and New Jersey. Optimum programs are interactive and assist students’ preparation for state assessment testing (proficiency testing). Practice tests and questions in subject areas are aligned with State Department of Education guidelines.

 

Orchard Now Math [Online software]. (2011+). Orchard Learning, 5600 W. 83rd Street, Suite 300, 8200 Tower, Bloomington, MN, 55437. http://www.orchardnow.com/  Accessed Jan. 4, 2013. Email: info@orchardlng.com  

Correlations: NCTM and Common Core State standards

Tel: Sales: 800-351-1404

Grades: preK-9

Description: From the website:

Orchard Now Math is available for preK-9.  The product "provides a customized learning environment with activities, practice and assessment for schools to address the needs of all students. Students are placed into their state standards-aligned learning path based on pre-assessment results. Orchard Now automates data collection, analysis and reporting for easy progress monitoring."

"Each bundle is designed to meet individual learning styles, including those of ELL, at-risk or special education students, by utilizing a variety of instructional approaches."  These include: voice options, animated demonstrations, material presented in chunks, self-paced activities, motivating graphics, immediate feedback, step-by-step tutorials when needed, multiple practice and reinforcement, and engaging games. (Orchard Now Overview section)

 

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