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ST Math

By Sally Finley - Posted Sep 1, 2013
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Company: MIND Research Institute, 111 Academy, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617; ?888-751-5443; email: info@mindresearch?.net; website: web.stmath.com

Price: ST Math is available for purchase by schools and school districts. Prices are available at 888-751-5443 or info@mind?research.net.

Audience: K–12

Format: ST Math is a web-based system that can be accessed using touchscreen mobile devices including iPads, Android, and Microsoft.

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

 

System Requirements for computers: Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or 2003. Intel Pentium III 1GHz or faster, Apple PowerPC G4 or faster or Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster, OS X 10.5.4 or later, OS X 10.4.11. Additional requirements for both platforms: 1GB of RAM, Adobe Flash 11.0 or later. All Chromebooks 2011 and newer. A high-speed internet connection is required for each computer running ST Math.

System Requirements for iPad and Tablets: iPad 2 and newer with IOS 5.0 ?or higher, iPad mini. Full-size tablets require Android 3.1 or later, 1GHz dual core processor or better, 1GB RAM or higher, two simultaneous, capacitive touch points. Supported devices include Acer Iconia Tab A200, ASUS Transformer, Google Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Motorola Zoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Toshiba Thrive.

Description: Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math offers self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based games designed to teach math concepts.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installation is a matter of ensuring equipment is correct, arranging subscriptions and access, and beginning. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: ST Math access to reporting helps teachers maintain full administrative control of the system at both the class and individual student level.

Math games are closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

Animations visually present mathematical concepts.

Games gradually increase in difficulty and provide immediate feedback.

Assessments are embedded in the program providing detailed recording of student learning patterns.

ST Math: Secondary Intervention is designed for middle and high school students who are performing below grade level. A diagnostic assessment prescribes an individualized sequence of content for each student.

Add-on features are available. One is ST Math Fluency, which helps students build fluency with addition and multiplication math facts. ST Math+Music: K–5 featuring touch combines music with ST Math software using four levels of instruction in reading sheet music and playing piano. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: ST Math requires an internet connection. The program guides the user through levels based on skill. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Technical support is available from the school’s ST Math site administrator. MIND Research provides initial training to use the software and helps teachers learn best practices through professional development. School sites receive ongoing technical and curricular assistance from an assigned MIND education support specialist. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation:Teachers and students can access ST Math anywhere, anytime on supported mobile devices. It can be used on desktop computers at home or school. Every puzzle solution presented by the student is animated to provide immediate, instructive feedback. The animation shows why the student’s solution is either correct or incorrect. This feedback to the student is a valuable tool for increasing student understanding.

Math and language proficiency are not required for student success. Students are actively engaged in an interactive, hands-on learning experience. I like that the games provide the opportunity for students to proceed at their own pace. The next level cannot be accessed until mastery of the previous one is achieved.

Teachers will comfortable using ST Math because it aligns to Common Core State Standards for mathematics. It is also aligned to state standards. A simple reporting system helps teachers monitor student progress and identify student needs through curriculum differentiation. Highly Recommended.

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


 
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