Components of Math Nation
Math Nation is a collaborative initiative aimed at helping students across Florida conquer the Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
In 2012, only 50% of high school students were proficient in Algebra. In high needs schools, the results were even more alarming – over 80% of students were not proficient. In response, the University of Florida partnered with Study Edge, an innovative educational technology company, to create Math Nation. Math Nation is a result of ongoing collaboration among teachers, professors, administrators, parents, and students. Math Nation provides a platform for everyone to share his or her best ideas and practices.
Math Nation has the following components. Click on each to learn more!
Video Content Review Sessions
Math Nation videos are organized into four (4) categories or classes: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Each class is broken up into easy-to-navigate sections/chapters with 5 to 10 video lessons. These effective, entertaining videos feature lessons taught by nationally renowned Study Experts – young, energetic pros -and dynamic math teachers from throughout Florida. We’ve found that students will often gravitate towards one teaching personality over another, and we wanted to offer that choice for students, so multiple instructors are available for each video!
Teachers say it all the time: “Write it Down.” Math Nation provides study guide notes to accompany each and every video. Students, parents, and teachers alike can download, print and/or view review sheets online which parallel and reinforce the videos. Our Study Experts and teachers encourage students to pause the videos and try out problems on the guides themselves. Then, the videos explain how to do the problems so students can always check their work.
Test Yourself! Practice Tool
Available at the end of every section, the “Test Yourself!” practice tool was created in direct response to teacher feedback. By using the tool, students can practice their newly learned/reviewed skills in a format that mirrors what they will see on the EOC/FSA. Students can familiarize themselves with the calculator tool, multiple-choice, drag and drop, equation response, and multi-select formats of a computer-based test in a low-pressure environment and on their own time. Once a student completes a practice section, s/he receives her results. The results page breaks down each problem by: indicating whether the student answered correctly, explaining which video lesson corresponds with the problem, and featuring a short video which explains how to arrive at the solution the best way. Teachers can view data for his/her students online anytime. The downloadable student reports include both individual and class breakdowns and allow teachers to see the videos watched, student progress on the “Test Yourself!” practice tool, and the questions students ask on the Interactive Math Wall.
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Interactive Math Wall
Learning does not happen in a vacuum. The best use of technology breaks down barriers and classroom walls. Students, teachers, and parents are no longer confined to the hours of a school day or the constraints of physical location. Students can ask questions 24/7 on their computers and/or mobile devices, and will receive answers from teachers, peers, and Study Experts. Study Experts monitor the interactions in real time, and teachers who choose, can receive a report of their student’s questions and answers. Math Nation’s unique interactive wall resembles a Facebook wall (with which so many students are already familiar) so that students are comfortable in the low-stakes social environment. Unlike a Facebook wall; however, teachers and study experts are specially noted with a flag. Most importantly, students cannot click on each others’ pictures, access another student’s profile, or message each other on the Math Nation wall. The wall is completely searchable and transparent – the same wall is used for the entire state of Florida. A question asked by a student in Miami might prove useful to a student in The Villages, and a teacher in Tallahassee can help students in the Keys!
Math Nation Incentives
Math Nation believes in good karma: by helping others, you’re helping yourself! Research has shown that students internalize information better when they are active learners – asking questions and explaining material are indicators of active learning. Students receive Karma Points for both asking great questions and answering peers’ questions on the Math Wall. Karma points are shown next to the students’ name, and the Karma Leader Board shows the top karmic leaders in the state! Each month between September and April, both the middle school student and high school student with the most Karma Points win an iPad mini! Learn more about Karma Points.
Easy Accessibility – Math on the Go!
Students, teachers and parents can access the app on any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access (Just click on “Enter Math Nation” here
).Students can watch videos and post on the Wall from any computer or mobile device. To make it even easier to ask those pressing math questions, we’ve added a “Draw Something” feature on our Wall. Students can write equations and draw graphs with their mouse or finger. They can also take photos of their work with their mobile devices and post them instantly on the Math Wall. Learn more about it
Math Nation is the “Answer to the Florida State Assessments” because we believe teachers already have the answer – we are merely collecting the best questions, ideas and practices from throughout the state and making it available to all, free of charge. By such collaboration, we believe our students can conquer mathematics. Everyone is invited to join the conversation: parents, students, teachers, math coaches, and administrators. Contact Help@MathNation.com if you are interested in working more closely with Math Nation or even if you want to drop a line about how Math Nation has worked for you! We would love to hear your feedback.