No matter the grade or skill level, the newest mathematics tools and programs aim to make learning various math concepts an adventure.
Being adaptive, engaging and fun, products try to meet the needs of individual students while aligning with the Common Core and other state standards. Here are some of the latest math tools in light of NCTM’s conference in April. Big Ideas Math
Big Ideas Math
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
For grades 6 through 12, the Big Ideas Math program uses a research-based balanced instructional approach that includes both discovery learning and direct instruction lessons. The program supports and enhances the multiple pathways available from sixth-grade mathematics through Algebra 2. The Big Ideas Math package includes the Dynamic Assessment and Progress Monitoring Tool, Dynamic Student Edition eBook App, and Dynamic Teaching Tools. www.hmhco.com
MIND Research Institute
From the nonprofit organization MIND Research Institute, ST Math engages students’ spatial-temporal reasoning capabilities to help them understand and solve multi-step math problems. It is available for K5, Fluency and Math+Music modules, or it can be used to complement a math curriculum or as a secondary intervention unit for struggling students. www.mindresearch.org
To help students develop lasting proficiency, this digital textbook uses a “discover, practice, apply” cycle that balances conceptual learning, procedural fluency and application to real world problems. With Math Techbook, students can access dynamic content, interactives, videos, digital tools and game-like activities on any mobile device.Math Techbook supportscourses for grades 6-12 includingmiddle school math (sixth, seventh and eighth grade), high school math (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), and integrated math (Math I, II and III) instruction.
This online adaptive math program composed of Common Core-aligned and standards-based lessons provides students with a personalized and engaging learning experience. KnowRe’s interactive learning map looks and feels like a game with its quest-like assignments and star-based rewards. Students can access more than 1,000 math concept videos when they need targeted support. www.knowre.com
For grades 3 through 12, ALEKS is an adaptive online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify what each student knows and doesn’t know. Educators can use detailed progress monitoring on student mastery of Common Core and other state standards. ALEKS Math courses are available in both English and Spanish. www.aleks.com/k12
Stepping Stones delivers blended math programs that include lessons and teachers’ guides on a digital platform, along with printed student journals. The program, written by Australian mathematics educators, integrates key research findings in a practical sequence of modules and lessons to provide schools with a step-by-step approach to the curriculum. www.origoeducation.com
Think Through Math
Think Through Math
This web-based math curriculum is designed to establish strong thinking skills for elementary school math up to Algebra 1. It was developed by teachers and technology specialists to help students prepare for Common Core standards and rigorous new assessments. Think Through Math can be customized to meet the needs of individual students. www.thinkthroughmath.com
DreamBox Learning Inc.
This rigorous K5 online math curriculum can be tailored to specific students, and includes manipulative tools and game-like elements. DreamBox’s adaptive learning technology can analyze students’ answers and immediately adjust the lesson, creating a suitable pace for each student. www.dreambox.com
This web program provides K12 students with math tutorials and personalized learning plans, while giving teachers continuous feedback on performance. Ascend Math helps identify student skill gaps, prescribes individualized instruction, and motivates students through video instruction and interactive lessons. www.ascendmath.com
Middle School Math
With rigorous support for teachers and real-world contexts that help students understand new ideas, Agile Mind math courses prepare students to be successful in Algebra I and beyond. Middle school math courses for grades 6 through 8 provide powerful foundations in ratios, proportionality, and algebraic and geometric thinking. Students use graphing technology, manipulatives and other mathematical tools to develop conceptual understanding as they tackle and solve problems. www.agilemind.com
WIN Math is a career-infused workplace skills program for middle and high school mathematics. With personalized instruction through a project-based framework, students learn math concepts in the context of relevant career opportunities. Aligned to Common Core State Standards and local state objectives, the WIN Math curriculum is organized into 36 units addressing career clusters with emphasis on STEM and high-demand occupations. www.winlearning.com