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Math Media Educational Software
Publication Date: 1993
Grade Level: K–12
Content Focus: Math
Costs: $399 for 30 computer licenses
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Developer Contact Information
Math Media Educational Software, Inc.
3641 Pebble Beach
Northbrook, IL, 60062

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Design Summary

Math Media is an interactive, computer-based math program that is specifically designed for afterschool.  The curriculum is self-paced, allowing students of all learning levels to learn math skills and be challenged. Students can begin at any level and type of activity that meets their learning needs and goals.  Lessons are fun and interactive, including extras such as puzzles, mazes, Morse code, and concepts of time.  Instructors provide positive encouragement and reinforcement, working as coaches to keep students working and challenging themselves.

The curriculum includes a CD-ROM loaded onto individual computer work stations, a user guide, a progress chart for students to track progress by hand, and printable worksheets that mirror each lesson to be used as class work or homework.

Costs and Staff Training

Each module costs $49 for one computer license and $399 for 30 licenses.  Sets of series can be purchased at various prices; most are $159 for one license and $999 for 30 licenses.  Quantity discounts are available.

Staff Qualifications

While no formal experience in teaching math is necessary, it is helpful.  Staff should be able to navigate the basics of the computer. No training is required.  Content and practitioner expert reviews agree on this, with the content expert suggesting also that students who excel in the math could use Math Media as peer tutors.

Standards Alignment

  • National: None Specified
  • State: Illinois, California, Massachusetts

Research Base

None specified.

Evaluation Details

This curriculum has not been evaluated.

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

  • Allows students to move at their own pace.
  • Breaks down information into small steps, helps students understand concepts and feel successful.
  • User-friendly for students, easy to find activities.
  • Very versatile, can be used in many different ways: by parents helping students, in the classroom, and as a supplemental program.
  • Appropriate for reinforcing basic definitions, terminology, and fundamental algorithms.
  • Flexibility for the instructor or learner to select the content and related activities, conducive to self-directed learning.
  • Covers a broad range of mathematics topics, for nearly all grade levels.
  • Presentation includes few graphics or colors, possibly making it less engaging for students.
  • Depth of mathematical problem-solving skills is limited.
  • Minimal attention is given to context-based learning, including problems that address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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