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SketchUp [3D modeling software]. (2000+). Trimble Inc., 935 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94085. https://www.sketchup.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

This software appears to be a great tool to teach geometric concepts, and principles of building, architecture.  Use it in math, graphic arts and vocational courses.

Correlations: not available

Tel: See the website for contact information

Grades: primary through secondary

Description: https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-for-schools

Per the website, SketchUp is available as a free 3D modeling tool for schools with a G Suite or Microsoft education account.  It works with Chromebook or any internet-connected computer.  It includes in-app lesson plans.  "Design anything from a shoebox to a skyscraper."  Video tutorials are available.

3DVinci provides SketchUp projects, 2D and 3D project books, a free project guide for teachers, and more.  The developer also has projects for kids (ModelMetricks and GeomeTricks).

Tech integration specialist Thomas Petra has a terrific site, RealWorldMath.org, that integrates Google Earth and SketchUp into the math curriculum.  He stated,  "Within this site you will find lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for mathematics that embrace active learning, constructivism, and project-based learning while remaining true to the standards.  The majority of the lessons and activities are intended for grades 4 and up, but teachers of younger students may be able to find some use or inspiration from the site.  Higher level thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and creativity are encouraged as well as technology skills and social learning.  The core of this site is mathematics, but many lessons lend themselves to interdisciplinary activities also." (About the site section)

 

SpringMath [Online software]. Sourcewell Technology, 2340 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108. https://www.springmath.org Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: 651-999-6000

Grades: K-8

Description:

SpringMath is a web-based K-8 math intervention program assessing approximately 130 skills in numeracy through pre-algebra.  It will also benefit high school learners to remedy skill gaps.  This MTSS (multi-tiered system of supports) solution includes tools for assessment, reporting, and intervention to help students get back on track and close gaps in math skills.  Per its description: "SpringMath aligns to and addresses student needs by pairing dynamically-generated screenings and robust progress monitoring to prescribed, customized, individual, and classwide interventions."  SpringMath includes its alignment to the Common Core math standards.

"SpringMath begins with a 15-minute screener to determine if individual or classwide intervention is needed" (How it Works section).

This award-winning product has a strong research base.

 

STEMscopes Math [Online software]. Accelerate Learning, 5177 Richmond Avenue, Suite 1025, Houston, TX 77056. https://www.stemscopes.com/math/national/ Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core Standards are noted in lessons.

Tel: 800-531-0864

Grades: K-6

Description: From the website:

Award-winning STEMscopes Math is based on a research-proven instructional model called the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate). Expanded to include intervention and acceleration (IA), the 5E+IA model is compatible with Math Workshop and Guided Math instruction.  It includes real-world exploration with open-ended and cross-dimensional tasks, virtual manipulatives, interactive games, Spanish translation, and CRA (concrete, representation, abstract) learning, and promotes discourse in a variety of styles.  There are hands-on activities in the explore section.  Students benefit from illustrated vocabulary cards, independent practice, and journal cards in the explain section.  Spiraled review, career and literacy connections, and games are offered in the elaboration section.  Assessments, ranging from multiple-choice to open-ended responses, are provided before, during, and after instruction to gauge comprehension.  Teachers will benefit from the lesson plans provided within each unit.  They can also build their own assessments.  In terms of data, this product integrates with all school information systems that schools/districts use.

 

ST Math [Online software]. Mind Research Institute, 111 Academy, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617. https://www.stmath.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: 888-751-5443

Grades: preK-8

Description:

ST Math game-based instructional software is designed to visually explain math concepts.  The ST Math™ product family consists of engaging courseware which employs the learners’ spatial temporal reasoning abilities to explain, understand, and solve multi-step math problems. The language barrier to learning math is eliminated, and the program has proven uniquely engaging and effective with students at every level of math and language proficiency.

Content is available for early learning (preK and K), K-6, middle school, homeschool, and fluency.

View ST Math -- See the Math and Grow and Play ST Math: Addition and Subtraction on YouTube.  Both are good introductions to the visual approach to teaching math.

Note: ST stands for spatial-temporal.

 

STAR Math [Assessment software]. (1999+). Renaissance Learning, Inc., P.O. Box 8036, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8036. https://www.renaissance.com  Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Reports provide information on state standards, Common Core State Standards, and state performance.

Tel: 800-338-4204

Grades: 1-12

Description: Adapted from the website:

STAR Math helps teachers to determine placement levels for students and to forecast outcomes on high-stakes tests. The program assessments provide Student Growth percentiles "viewable by district, school, grade, or class. In addition to Student Growth Percentiles, the Growth Report displays other key growth indicators such as grade equivalency, percentile rank, and instructional reading level" (Intro, SGP and Growth section).

STAR Math’s computer-adaptive testing delivers helpful, time-saving data.  Assessments take about 15-20 minutes per test.  "STAR Math Enterprise testing data helps you determine mastery of math skills for each student, so you can personalize instruction and practice, schedule appropriate interventions, and forecast student performance on state tests. New tools, content, and reports provide more information with which to make your daily decisions as you plan your course of instruction" (Intro, How It Works section).

The assessments are highly rated for screening and progress monitoring by the National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI section).

 

Study Island [Online test prep software]. (2000+). Edmentum Inc., 2050 Lakeside Blvd., Suite 200, Richardson, TX 75082. https://www.edmentum.com/products/study-island?r=si Accessed Oct. 3, 2022. Email: info@edmentum.com

Correlations: individual state standards and Common Core State Standards

Tel: Sales and support: 800-447-5286

Grades: preK-12+

Description: Study Island has been available since 2000 and is a product for standardized test prep in your state for elementary and high school grade levels and exit exams or end of course exams--whatever your state requires.  The program offers diagnostics and instruction and will generate various reports to help monitor mastery.

Per the website, "Deliver independent practice or deploy targeted support with flexible tools in Study Island. More than 600,000 standards-based items, including 12 technology-enhanced item types, are available in online practice sessions and printable worksheets. ... Create and share custom tests to assess your students at the end of a unit or grading period or in preparation for state assessments."  You can also set up live group collaborative practice sessions for students.

 

SuccessMaker Math [Computer software]. (2010+). Savvas Learning Company LLC. 15 E Midland Ave., Suite 502, Paramus, NJ 07652. https://www.savvas.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core Standards and state standards

Tel: Customer Care: 800-848-9500

Grades: K-8

Description: See more about SuccessMaker.

SuccessMaker Math is multimedia courseware for grades K-8 that addresses six strands: data analysis, number sense and operations, probability and discrete math; patterns, algebra, functions; geometry, and measurement.  It provides appropriate placement within the courseware after students complete an initial set of questions, then guided interactive practice, differentiated instruction based on developmental needs, and assessment.  Lessons provide feedback and additional intelligent tutorial intervention when necessary.  There is audio support.  Learners have access to online manipulatives and tools, such as a ruler, measuring tape, protractor, and a calculator.  The product features real-world contexts for problem solving.  There is a teacher management system with reports to help teachers know where students are in mastering content and to further assist with individualization.

Note: Savvas Learning Company was formerly Pearson K-12.

Also see the full mathematic curriculum from Savvas Learning, including enVision Mathematics.

 

TestGEAR [Online test prep software]. (2003+).  XAP Corporation, 600 Corporate Pointe, Suite 220, Culver City, CA 90230. http://www.bridges.com/us/prodnserv/testgear_state/highlights_math.html  Accessed Oct. 3, 2022. Email: info@xap.com

Correlations: aligned to state standards

Tel: 800-468-6927

Description: From the website:

TestGEAR uses an online environment to help students prepare for standardized tests and demonstrate adequate yearly progress.  The testGEAR for Math online test prep course offers powerful customized lessons for students, based on their strengths and weaknesses. Delivered over the Internet, this program provides learning modules that target skill-deficiencies and assigns practice tests to build student confidence with acquired skills. For teachers, TestSCOPE generates real-time, easy-to-use reports that identify student mastery of content standards.

 

Time4Learning Math [online]. Time4Learning, 6300 NE 1st Ave., Suite 203, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33334. https://www.time4learning.com  Accessed Oct. 3, 2022. Email: info@Time4Learning.com

Correlations: state standards

Tel: 888-771-0914

Grades: preK-12

Description: From the website:

The math curriculum combines multimedia lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets to teach basic arithmetic, number sense and operations, measurement, geometry and more. The math curriculum correlates to state standards.

This product has particular appeal for use by the home schooled student.  For example, according to President and Founder, John Edelson (personal communication, July 12, 2005), "Time4Leaning's Math Learning System provides children from preschool through fourth grade with a comprehensive learning experience. The animated multimedia lessons, interactive exercises, assessments, and printable worksheets cover a standards-based math curriculum. After the lessons, the children are given access to an Online Playground. With reports for parents and games for kids, its a complete home-based learning system."  Since this email, the curriculum has expanded.

 

TinkerPlots [Computer software]. (2004+). Learn Troop. http://www.tinkerplots.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core State Standards

Tel: n/a

Grades: 4-College

Description:

TinkerPlots Dynamic Data Exploration is award winning software designed to develop students' understanding of data, numbers, probability, statistics, and graphs.  Students analyze data by creating colorful visual representations that will help them make sense out of real data and recognize patterns as they unfold.  Version 2 has an upgraded Sampler Engine so that students can design and run probability simulations, then plot the results to give a visual representation of the outcomes over many samples.  The software comes with activities, tutorials, sample data, and help movies to get started.

Beginning with version 2.3, Tinkerplots is published by Learn Troop.  It was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and has a strong research base.

Visit Learn Troop at https://www.learntroop.com where other products are listed: Numerical Acumen for developing mental mathematical skills, Smooth Mathematics to help with teacher delivery and student learning of critical topics in math, and Algy 2 which is an algebraic error locator in your steps in working with both math expressions and equations.

 

TransMath [Online software]. Cambium Learning Group, 17855 Dallas Parkway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75287. https://www.voyagersopris.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core for grades 3-12; supports state standards in selected states

Tel: 800-547-6747 for questions

Grades: 5-10

Description: From the website https://www.voyagersopris.com/math/transmath/overview

"TransMath® Third Edition is a comprehensive math intervention curriculum that targets middle and high school students who lack the foundational skills necessary for entry into algebra and/or who are two or more years below grade level in math. Using a dual-topic approach, TransMath improves math skills by emphasizing fewer topics in greater depth while accelerating students to more advanced math, from number sense to rational numbers, to understanding algebra."  Digital manipulatives, teacher talk tutorials to reinforce concepts, and online extension and reinforcement activities are among key features.  Teachers and students have eBook access.  Note: ESSA evidence level is strong.

 

VMathLive [Online software]. Cambium Learning Group, 17855 Dallas Parkway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75287. https://www.voyagersopris.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022.

Correlations: Common Core; supports state standards and provides high-stakes test practice

Tel: 800-547-6747 for questions

Grades: K-8

Description: From the website https://www.voyagersopris.com/math/vmathlive/overview

VmathLive's new learning pedagogy offers scaffolded help with problem-specific step-by-step hints and onscreen tutoring focused on visual representations of math concepts with both English and Spanish audio.  The learning path is structured so that students work sequentially through a year’s worth of math, and they are encouraged to stay on track with messaging, badges, trophies, points, and other strategies.  VmathLive's new Play component for 20 different games focus on mental math skills found in the Common Core State Standards. When used as a stand-alone supplemental program, the activities are aligned with lessons of popular core print programs, Common Core State Standards, and other state standards.

 

Wowzers [online personalized learning software] (2012+). Wowzers LLC, 1 E. Erie Street, Suite 480, Chicago, IL 60611. https://wowzers.com Accessed Oct. 3, 2022. Email: sales@wowzers.com

Correlations: Common Core and State Standards

Tel: 872-205-6250

Grades: K-8

Description: From the website:

Wowzers is based on Universal Design for Learning principles.  It includes a story-driven and game-based adaptive-learning approach to teaching core content.  Key features include assessments, data tracking, a variety of differentiated learning activities, ability to personalize learning, prescribed standards learning path based on pre-test, growth reports, blended offline learning activities, performance tasks, differentiated printable homework, pre- and post-assessments, and test prep practice for grades 3-8.  There are instructional videos and a variety of virtual tools and manipulatives.

Students experience math via interactions with their avatar.  For example, they engage in a quest where they "take their own avatar through a problem-solving adventure in a virtual world where they help characters in various careers use math concepts that were taught in the lesson."  Teachers can keep track of each student's progress, and they can control student access.

 

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