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Ascend Math

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Company: Ascend Math, 302 Albany Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71105, 318-865-8232; ascendmath.com

Price: Contact Ascend Math for a price quote in your specific situation.

Audience: Ascend Math is most useful in grades 3–12. Ascend Math is useful for tier 2/tier 3 math students (gaps in math skills), special education, blended learning, elementary school, algebra readiness, ELL/ESOL, summer school, and in other settings.

Format: Ascend Math is a web-based service with some resources that can be printed and used to provide intensive math intervention and help students who are behind in math get caught up.

System Requirements: While Ascend Math will work with other configurations, the recommended configurations include Windows 8 (PC) or Mac OS 10.9 (Mac), IE 11.x or higher (PC), Google Chrome 24 (PC), Safari 9 (Mac), or Google Chrome 50 (Mac). Check on the site for specific memory recommendations. Ascend Math also works on iPads with iOS8 or higher, Nook Tablets with Android 4.0 or higher, most tablets running Android 5.0 or higher, and Chrome Book.

Description: Ascend Math is a cloud-based intensive math intervention tool that assesses and instructs students based on state academic standards for each grade level. Ascend is designed to meet students at their level so students may work at a lower grade level, fill in gaps, and catch up. Ascend gives each student a short assessment to recommend the level at which the student is best prepared to start work. Students follow the same sequence of study, video, exploration, practice, and post-assessment for each objective.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Be sure student and teacher technology and internet connections are adequate before contacting Ascend Math to arrange a subscription. Teachers or administrators then enter students who are tested and the program begins. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Ascend Math is intended to bring math students who are behind up to grade level through multimodal learning. Students can progress one to two grade levels in a few months.

Students’ skill gaps are diagnosed based on specific state and Common Core standards. After pre-testing, students are assigned individual learning paths automatically, regardless of grade level. Students log in each day and pick up where they left off, working as directed on assigned objectives.

Tier 2 students are motivated to work through a blend of video instruction and online explorations selected from more than 700 objectives, aligned to Common Core or state standards, setting their own pace.

Each objective contains a number of learning activities such as award-winning video instruction, interactive exploration, practice with re-teaching components, and more. Students can pause, rewind, and watch as many times as needed.

Once students have completed all objectives in their study plan for a unit, they will pre-test on the next unit in the level. The student automatically begins working on it, starting with the first pre-assessment in the next level. Instruction for a level covers 20–30 hours of material. Student progress is tracked and documented with detailed reports.

Multimodal online explorations provide additional approaches to understanding objectives. Instruction continues with interactive activities, including virtual manipulatives. Additional interesting, well-designed, and well-thought-out features include Ascend Climber and Ascend Base Camp. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Ascend Math will require some practice learning to use, and students will need some help, especially younger ones, but the design is intuitive and the documentation plentiful. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support includes an online knowledgebase, a learning center for teachers, and personalized support. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Ascend Math is an excellent, well-designed program for helping students who are behind in math attain grade level in a variety of contexts and situations. It is designed specifically to help students improve state test results. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Charles Doe is a 39-year teacher, including 10 as an elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools, Hastings, Mich. For the last 20, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools. His email address is charliegd@sbcglobal.net.


 
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