ALEKS

Heather —  August 20, 2009

ALEKS – Their acronym stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces

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Rating and Summary:  Definitely 5. Very comprehensive Math curriculum system. Can be used as a complete curriculum program or as an additional tutoring program. This web-based program is complex in it’s abilities…but easy to use! ALEKS can be used by children in grades 3-12 and can be accessed on the internet, so the program is mobile as well. The graphics are excellent and the program flows smoothly, with quick page loads and an amazing amount of assistance available on the main website. Read my review & then go try this out yourself!

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ALEKS has offered a one month trial to readers of Faith, Family and Fun! (This is cool, because the main website only offers a 48 hour trial:)

So, how does ALEKS work?

Wow. It seems to me, ALEKS is the future of online learning! This is almost like having your own personal computerized teacher and textbooks…minus a robot:) Well, seriously, everything is designed within a computerized, web-based framework that works through questioning to sense a students knowledge base…and then begin to teach upon that original base.

From their site, here are some key points about ALEKS:

ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Program:

  • Complete Curriculum Solution for Math with Access to Full Course Library
  • No Textbook Required
  • Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Student Knowledge
  • Assessment and Individualized Learning for Grades 3-12
  • New and Improved Master Account – Includes Quizzing, Attendance Tracking, Automated Reports, and More
  • Unlimited Online Access – PC and Mac Compatible
  • QuickTables – Complimentary Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction

ALEKS is used successfully by thousands of homeschoolers as well as by millions of students at schools and educational institutions throughout the world. Additionally, some ALEKS course products are American Council for Education (ACE) credit-recommended, meaning students may be eligible for college credit at participating colleges.

1. Assessment: Students begin in ALEKS by taking an individualized, adaptive assessment to determine what they already know and what they are ready to learn next.

Assessment

Assessment

2. MyPie: The ALEKS Pie summarizes a student’s current knowledge and offers topics that the student is ready to learn next. The darkened portion of each pie slice represents the topics that the student has mastered and the lighter portion represents what the student has yet to learn.

The "pie"

The "pie"

3. Input Tools: ALEKS provides a free response environment and sophisticated input tools that avoid multiple choice and require students to demonstrate content mastery.

How To

How To

4. Learning Mode: The Learning Mode provides students with practice problems, and offers explanations of topics and procedures as needed. Once a student has demonstrated mastery in the Learning Mode, the item is added to the ALEKS Pie, and new material that the student is now ready to learn becomes available.

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5. Feedback: Students receive immediate feedback and, in some cases, suggestions for correcting mistakes.

Students get immediate feedback

Students get immediate feedback

6. Worksheets: Students have the ability to print out 16-question worksheets for additional practice or review. These worksheets are uniquely generated based on the student’s current knowledge.

Create uniquely generated worksheets!

Create uniquely generated worksheets!

7. ALEKS QuickTables: QuickTables is a research-based math fact mastery program for multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

Learn or review with awesome charts & graphics

Learn or review with awesome charts & graphics

8. Interactive Games: Provide additional review and built-in rewards.

Fun games

Fun games

For the teacher, there are many useful resources as well. A few of the most important features include:

  • Master Account Homepage: Easily manage all student accounts, monitor student progress, view customized resources, and more.
  • Attendance Report: Track student time spent in ALEKS per day, the topics attempted, and the topics mastered and added to the ALEKS Pie.
  • Student Progress Report: Track student progress made throughout the course. The blue bar represents the percent of course material that the student has mastered during an ALEKS assessment; the green bar represents the percent of new topics the student has mastered in Learning Mode since the last assessment; and the yellow bar represents the percent of topics the student has yet to learn in order to complete the course.
  • Quiz Results: Quizzes are automatically graded and the results are available to both the parent and student immediately. View a detailed quiz results sample report (PDF)

So, how did ALEKS work out for us?

We used the month trial of ALEKS for my ninth grade son. I chose to work with the quicktables. He loved the program. He feels that the program helps him to work independently, without becoming “lost”. He likes being able to know immediately when he is wrong (without Mom saying it). He also really enjoys seeing his pie grow!  There are so many facets to this program, that you really should peruse their website for all kinds of information, including pricing and curriculum options, etc.

ALEKS costs range from $19.95 per month, per child to $179.95 for one year, per child. There are family discounts.

Excellent, I LOVE it!

To read reviews from my TOS crewmates, click here

Heather

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3 responses to ALEKS

  1. I’ve heard quite a lot about this program and if I do get to homeschool I would use it.
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  2. Great Review!!! Good Job! 🙂
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