Website Review
AC Math

Comprehensive math resources can help enhance instruction

  • The teacher dashboard is detailed and easy to navigate.

  • Students and teachers can track progress.

  • The search tools make finding content that matches specific standards painless.

  • Teachers can create custom lesson plans or use the predefined lessons.

  • Activities are visually interesting and well supported with written and oral directions.

Quick Take
Pros: Great balance of engaging lessons, depth, accessibility, and useful data for both teachers and students.
Cons: Without initial and ongoing assessments, as well as individualized content recommendations, the site isn't as adaptive as it could be.
Bottom Line: Quality tools, learning opportunities, and organizable lessons support learning.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The activities are engaging and fun without being unnecessarily animated or distracting. The design is packed with useful features that stay out of the way unless they're needed.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Mini-lessons offer a scaffolded, comprehensive dive into different math concepts. Students practice skills multiple times and get instant feedback on progress. Initial and ongoing assessments would help increase adaptiveness.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Teachers and students have access to the same, detailed data. Both text and audio help are offered to students in every lesson, supporting a variety of learners. Content is well organized and also available in Spanish.

Our Review
What's It Like?

With math courses for grades 6 through 8, algebra 1 and 2, and geometry, AC Math puts a complete middle and high school math curriculum at teachers' fingertips. Each area of focus is organized into what AC Math calls "Activity Objects" -- these include videos, animations, problems, assessments, as well as printable worksheets. Every Activity Object has clear objectives to help students and teachers track academic growth. For every activity, instructions are provided both orally and in writing. The site also features a glossary of math terms.

The Activity Objects are easily searchable based on Common Core standards, state standards, or by specific textbooks. Teachers can add activities to lesson plans, which are then pushed out to groups of students or even individuals. It's also easy to add outside resources to lessons from anywhere on the web, like a Khan Academy tutorial, for instance. Several predefined lesson plans are included. Students and teachers have access to a dashboard that tracks academic growth and includes access to the entire library to Activity Objects. The student dashboard acts as a playlist for student learning, but students can also explore freely.

Is It Good For Learning?

AC Math is great for enhancing your classroom's math curriculum. The content is well structured in a way that moves students from visual models to more abstract representations of concepts. Students receive instant feedback that helps them catch mistakes early, and continue practicing through mastery. The feedback walks students through the problem again with written, verbal, and audio support.

However, difficulty levels don't seem to adjust based on students' answers. The site would be even more powerful if it included pre-assessments and ongoing checks for understanding that then present students with "just right" content. Instead, teachers will need to be deeply involved with the data to help students succeed. While the reports are informative, this data doesn't appear to automatically change the content, and teachers are left to the task of adapting content. This is fine, as teachers know their students best, but the site could offer tools to make it easier.

How Can Teachers Use It?

AC Math excels as a tool for supporting individual and small group instruction. Teachers can assign specific lesson plans to students in order to fill learning gaps or challenge them, pushing learning forward. The search tools make it easy to set up multiple lesson plans and track student growth.

Teachers can also successfully use the program to illustrate math concepts in a whole-class setting. The Activity Objects can be displayed on an interactive whiteboard or a projector so the whole class can view and discuss -- some of these activities lend themselves well to this type of instruction. The built-in worksheets and assessments could be used for homework, or to track progress over time.

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