Curriculum Details for
Math Media Educational Software
Practitioner Expert Background
This practitioner has worked for three years as an academic specialist, with students in need of remedial math help at a tutoring center. She has used Math Media Software for the past two years with students ages 17 to adult, primarily low-income Caucasian students who are struggling with math. She has used it one-on-one with students, about three days a week, mostly to practice those skills they have already been taught in class.
- Did not attend a training.
- Takes very little time to prepare, mostly has to point students in the direction of the lessons they need.
- Used curriculum one-on-one with students, can be used effectively with larger groups as well.
- Engages students in learning.
- Students choose independently to use the program.
- Students enjoy the chance to make sense of the concepts and answer questions confidentially.
Adaptability to instructor needs
General skills taught
- Adaptable; students can work at their own pace, and spend more time on the topics that they find challenging.
- Breaks down the topics and problems clearly and concretely and into small steps.
Addressing diverse student needs
- Builds confidence in students.
- Could be implemented in a way that encourages teamwork and cooperation, such as with a study group.
- Content is age appropriate. Teaches lower-level content in a mature fashion, so older students feel comfortable.
- Offers different ways of teaching a particular math concept.
Strengths and 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.
- Presentation provides few graphics or colors.