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MindTap

By Sally Finley - Posted Jan 1, 2016
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Company: Cengage Learning, 10650 Toebben Drive, Independence, KY 41051, (800) 354-9706, Fax: (800) 487-8488; cengage.com

Price: Call (800) 354-9706 for pricing information. Students must purchase a subscription connected to a course. The mobile app is free.

Audience: Educators and students in high school AP and college-level courses.

System Requirements: The mobile app can be used on a smartphone or an iPad.

Description : MindTap is a mobile app used in conjunction with a high school AP course or college-level course. It acts as a personalized teaching experience, with relevant assignments to guide students to analyze information as well as apply and improve thinking as it relates to a specific course.

 

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

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Since Gaggle is a hosted, web-based service the only installation needed is to be sure enough newer computers are available with browsers and a fast internet connection. District-wide implementation can be done by Gaggle in as little as 5–7 business days. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: MindTap offers a personalized path of assignments and applications for students enrolled in a participating AP or college-level course. Brief hypotheticals, videos, and worksheets engage student learners to foster critical thinking skills. A critical analysis provides feedback through Blueprints.

Read Speakers provide second-language students and those needing or wanting read-aloud narrative the opportunity to listen to course content taken directly from their textbook. Personal Tools allow educators to insert videos, comments, personal content, activities, and assignments.

MindTap provides tools that let the instructor send messages and notifications. Reminders can be sent for assignment due dates and changes in course content. Prebuilt flash cards provide review materials for the student learner. Chapter-specific quizzes are available to students to reinforce mastery of specific content.

Student tracking is provided in real time. Instruction can then be tailored based on what a student is doing, how much time has been spent online, and completed activities. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: The MindTap app can be used on a smartphone or iPad. The environment is easy to navigate. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Website support is provided for users through phone help, a user blog, and online assistance from customer tech support. A knowledgebase consists of articles, FAQs, software downloads, and video tutorials. Infographics provide researched-based information on topics that are timely and informational. Faculty can receive support from the MindTap team as well as training videos in the Digital Course Support site. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: MindTap is a mobile app that lets students access their AP or college courses anytime and anywhere. It allows learners to electronically carry their “textbooks” everywhere they go, thus providing effective and efficient use of in- and out-of- class time. MindTap offers tools that support the on-the-go lifestyle of today’s learners in the digital age. Students are able to purchase, rent, and access textbooks and online products with this app. I liked the interactive nature of the program, which actively engages the student. The instructor has many tools to provide a customized experience for his or her students and that can measure skills and outcomes with ease. Teachers can customize MindTap to better meet the nature of their students. Some of these tools of customization allow teachers to add comments and brief videos and to even rearrange the table of contents to match the sequencing of content taught in the course.

Students receive help managing their coursework through instructor messages, reminders, and notifications. The customization of this product truly provides a personal path for each student. MindTap is an excellent tool to help students stay connected to their course.  

I liked the interactive nature of the program, which actively engages the student. The instructor has many tools to provide a customized experience for his or her students and that can measure skills and outcomes with ease. Teachers can customize MindTap to better meet the nature of their students. Some of these tools of customization allow teachers to add comments and brief videos and to even rearrange the table of contents to match the sequencing of content taught in the course. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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