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The best software I've seen as of yet for actual *instruction* in Math
is Modumath.  Just before I got this email a student came by to tell me
that yes, she'd done her COMPASS re-take and had improved enough to be
eligible for the course she needs, and the review of FOIL had helped
immensely.  Another student at a very basic level came in because she
was intimidated by computers in general and hadn't taken the COMPASS
yet... I started her at the beginning of Modumath and she spent a solid
hour *enjoying* it.  Not everybody's experience is that positive, but of
all of our programs, this is the one that consistently makes discernible
differences in students' academic progress. 

Specifically, it provides instruction that goes beyond putting math
problems on the computer and manipulating symbols; it's got real visuals
and real concrete examples.  The student participation and feedback is
also very frequent and positively framed.  

Some of the fraction questions are a little confusing; in the section
on graphs and slopes, sometimes I thinik there's an obsession with
making sure students know x=5 is vertical and y=5 is horizontal at the
expense of other important skills, and it doesn't replace a teacher, but
overall it has definitely been worth the investment. 

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Academic Development Center
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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>>> Marlene K Sedillos <[log in to unmask]> 10/26/06 4:05 PM >>>
Does anyone have the current information on skillsBank4 computer
software program.  I remember someone asking about it a while back.  My
old contact information does not work.  I've used it in the past and
really liked it.  

I did not like PLATO; does anyone know of any other good computer
instruction program for math?

Thanks,
Marlene

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