Monday, December 13, 2010
We have been trying something completely new in this house. For the first time ever, we are using an online math curriculum. As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a free one month trial of the ALEKS website, with student accounts for myself, Kirk, and Maggie. (You can also get a one month free trial - just click on the button on my sidebar to register.)
ALEKS or “Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course.” – I’m not sure that I fully understand this quote from the website, but after using ALEKS for the last month, I am truly impressed.
I assigned Kirk and myself to the Algebra 1 level and Maggie to 6th grade math. The first time we each signed in we were given an assessment. This is a 25-35 question quiz to determine the student’s understanding of the chosen course. Upon completion of the assessment your "Pie" is set.
A few particular things we like about ALEKS:
The written explanation for each problem - Remember hearing "Show your work" in math class? Well that is exactly what this is, but with written explanation as well. This can be printed out or simply read and it is specific to the problem you are attempting.