We recently had the opportunity to try out Math 911. This program allows you to practice your high school math...Algebra in particular, but also includes calculus and trigonometry.
This no-frills program, it's not games or full of game graphics. It provides practice and guidance in how to complete problems. And provides instant feedback for the student.
Main menu shot:
From Math911 website:
With a Mastery Learning approach your students are never graded for wrong answers, only correct responses; they work at problems until they ‘get it.’
Topics are arranged by chapter, section and levels. Within each level are all the types of problems that identify the concepts that your students must know in order to be successful in Algebra including Graphs and Word Problems.
- All problems are algorithmically generated.
- 10 minute learning curve.
- Step by Step solutions.
- Only Free-form answers.
- Dynamic Grade reports on all screens.
- Needs no internet connection.
- Can be networked.
- Free Home Use For Teachers
- Free Upgrades
- Free Install on New PCs
From my perspective:
We discovered quite quickly that Brayden and Joey were not ready to try Algebra (they are early Middle School and behind in math). So to avoid frustration and a possible quick hating of Algebra, I had them stop and I played around a bit with the program.
I like the "no-frills" aspect of the game. There are times that all the extra characters and flashing lights really draw away the attention span from what is really intended in a program. No matter how much the kids like it, I find they play more either in the games section or changing their avatar than actually using a program for learning.
I have to say...I need to use this more. I did not realize how much I had forgot when dealing with Algebra. Fortunately I have some time to familiarize myself again. The program took me just a bit to get loaded, but let's just say that I need some more computer help too...lol. So it was fairly easy to load up and get going.
The cost is also very reasonable considering what a tutor or specialized math program could cost you. In fact, you can download the basic Math911 Algebra 1 program for free. The premium program which includes Algebra 2, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and Introductory Statistics is only $49.95. This includes free program upgrades and technical support.
You can also purchase Algebra in a Flash...flashdrive. This option allows students to continue their program on various computers. Such as main desktop to traveling with a laptop. This is also only $49.95. But they are running a special:
$40 off student special. Regular $49.95 now only $9.95.
Click on picture or this link: Algebra in a Flash
At Google checkout use promotion code:homeschool
Would I recommend this program? Yes I would. The easy to use interface is well worth it. If a child is already struggling, why make them more frustrated trying to use a program that is supposed to be helping him. I am going to continue using this program to refresh myself so that when Joey is ready or even Brayden, since he is the one who loves math, for Algebra....I will be ready for them.
Interested in seeing what other Crew Mates thought of Math911, check out our SchoolHouse Review Crew Blog.
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