Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ALEKS Math.... 2nd go-round

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Hey~ Remember back in December I reviewed the ALEKS math program? Well, the main portion of my review stands, but there have been some updates that I would like to mention to you~
  • You can more easily personalize your student accounts from the "Master account" by selecting your state standards, changing your student's password, and setting your desired email progress report frequency and student idle time.
  • View the attendance report for a selected time period to review a complete list of the topics your student attempted and mastered.
  • Create a new quiz for your student, and customize the settings to reflect your desired start date/time, duration, grading scale, and more. (This is pretty cool! Great for that portfolio work!)
  • Move your student into a new course - an ALEKS subscription allows access to all course products! (This one I have a little trouble with... if you try to move them into another course, they warn you that all of the work in the current course will be lost... so I didn't try it... didn't want to lose what we were still working on. I suppose it makes sense... if you have "finished" the majority of a course and want to move on, it's just like using a new text book....you don't use the old one for the new course. At any rate, it *is* nice to be able to change the course, if necessary.)
Here are some screen shots to refresh your memory, and/or introduce you to what ALEKS looks like....


Student Account

Student Assessment
Assessment: Students begin in ALEKS by taking an individualized, adaptive assessment to determine what they already know and what they are ready to learn next.

Student MyPie
MyPie: The ALEKS Pie summarizes a student's current knowledge and offers topics that the student is ready to learn next. The darkened portion of each pie slice represents the topics that the student has mastered and the lighter portion represents what the student has yet to learn.

Student Graphing Tool
Input Tools: ALEKS provides a free response environment and sophisticated input tools that avoid multiple choice and require students to demonstrate content mastery.

Student Problem Two
Learning Mode: The Learning Mode provides students with practice problems, and offers explanations of topics and procedures as needed. Once a student has demonstrated mastery in the Learning Mode, the item is added to the ALEKS Pie, and new material that the student is now ready to learn becomes available.

Student Feedback
Feedback: Students receive immediate feedback and, in some cases, suggestions for correcting mistakes.

Students have the ability to print out 16-question worksheets for additional practice or review. These worksheets are uniquely generated based on the student's current knowledge.

Student Problem Two
ALEKS QuickTables: QuickTables is a research-based math fact mastery program for multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Student QuickTables Games
Interactive Games: Provide additional review and built-in rewards.

Master Account

Master Homepage
Master Account Homepage: Easily manage all student accounts, monitor student progress, view customized resources, and more.

Master Attendance Report
Attendance Report: Track student time spent in ALEKS per day, the topics attempted, and the topics mastered and added to the ALEKS Pie.

Master Progress Report
Student Progress Report: Track student progress made throughout the course. The blue bar represents the percent of course material that the student has mastered during an ALEKS assessment; the green bar represents the percent of new topics the student has mastered in Learning Mode since the last assessment; and the yellow bar represents the percent of topics the student has yet to learn in order to complete the course.

Master Quiz Results
Quiz Results: Quizzes are automatically graded and the results are available to both the parent and student immediately. View a detailed quiz results sample report (PDF).

While I REALLY like this program, and what it offers, I still find it to be one of the more expensive options for *our* family. However, everyone's circumstances are different, and this may be just what you are looking for, and can afford... GREAT!
Here's the nitty-gritty~
  • Basic cost is $19.95/ month/ student
You can purchase family rate discounts packages also...
  • 6 month subscriptions for a discounted rate of $99 for 1 student-$449.76 for 6 students
  • 12 month subscriptions (Continuous months.. you can't put it on "hold" for vacations) for a discounted rate of $179.95 for 1 student-$809.76 for 6 students.
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Try it out and see how you like it!

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