Interactive Math for Introductory Algebra, 1/e
K. Elayn Martin-Gay
Published January, 1999 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics
Copyright 1999, pp.
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For Basic Math, Introductory Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra
Interactive Math is a new learning system for students
that covers the full series of courses in developmental mathematics
in an interactive, multimedia environment. A program complete with
instruction, practice, applications, assessment, and a flexible course
management system, Interactive Math enables instructors to focus their
class time on teaching and working individually with students. This
program supports a variety of learning stylesauditory, visual,
and exploratorywith multimedia learning resources and a suite
of interactive math tools. Students can choose their own path of learning
while instructors can design a course according to their content choices
and desired teaching. For instructors, the classroom management system
allows for syllabus customization and student performance tracking.
= Interactive Learning Environment and Instructional Model
Support for multiple learning stylesInteractive
Math uses animation, video, audio, graphics, and math tools to
support multiple learning styles. The instructional model includes:
Comprehensive AssessmentThe testing component
of Interactive Math provides a secure environment for on-screen
testing and automatic grading of true/false and multiple-choice problems,
as well as generated reports of student performance. It also generates
problems algorithmically, and allows instructors to create customized
tests, edit and add their own questions, and add open-ended questions
that are available, but not assessed in the management system.
Printed tests may be generated for traditional assessment purposes.
Multimedia Chapter Openers10 Chapter Openers
appear for each course. In each opener, a real-life thought-provoking
situation is presented relating to the math within each chapter.
ObjectivesCourse objectives are comprehensive
and linked numerically to objectives in the print supplement Review
Reference and Practice.
- Helps students visualize a concept and motivates further
exploration of the content within each chapter.
= Key Elements of each Lesson/Objective
IntroductionA brief teaching statementand
- Directs students' attention toward mastering a particular
WatchExample problems are worked out clearly
and completely by the author in a brief on-screen video.
- Addresses the needs of students who feel more comfortable
reading about the concepts and skills before exploring
or working problems.
ExploreWith each objective, a student is given
the option to explore before practicing or applying their skills.
Students use tools to explore concepts.
- Addresses the learning styles of visual learners who
process material by watching and listening.
Practice Problems and ExercisesWith both Practice
Problems and Exercises, students are able to work through an example
step-by-step and view the complete worked-out solutions. The Practice
problems are not tracked or graded. When students move on to Exercises,
proficiency and progress are scored and saved within the classroom
- Offers students the most interactive learning
experience because they can master the skills and learn the concept
Key Concept ActivitiesThese applications-based
activities provide a cumulative approach to chapter concepts.
- Enables students to warm-up their problem-solving skills
by working problems similar to those demonstrated in the Read,
Watch, and Explore sections.
Real World ActivitiesOften open-ended, these
questions use actual and up-to-date sourced data and provide activities
for those students who have Web access as well as non-Web-based activities.
- Activities allow students to engage in active learning
and guided discovery as they use their algebraic thinking skills to
solve a series of tasks in a real-life context. Students then report
their results on-screen and submit to instructor.
Open EnvironmentOpen work space.
- Enables students to apply what they have learned in short
activities within a real-life context.
Math ToolsA set of fully functional math tools
woven into all aspects of instruction.
- Allows students and instructors access
to all of the math tools for demonstrations by instructors and students.
Customizable syllabusInteractive Mathematics
is developed with a standard syllabus. Instructors are able to customize
this syllabus by choosing which concepts students will learn and the
order in which they are delivered. Tests or quizzes can be placed
on the syllabus at the instructor's discretion, and instructors can
view and print reports of a student's performance on exercises, quizzes
- Enables studentsat any timeto link to
the tools for algebra, geometry, data analysis, manipulatives, and
graphing to better visualize and further explore math concepts.
= Course Management
= Flexible Delivery Options
Via the Internet, LAN, or CD-ROM.
- Allows students to work at home or at other locations
away from the college math lab.