Title: The Math Tutor for
Your Home Computer
Playing Time: unlimited
Software Release Date: January 22, 1999
Cost: free through internet access or
$21.95/month at http://www.csun.edu/~vcact00g/enroll.html
Dos, Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 or greater
Number of Players: one
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Pc
or Mac with windows 95+
Subject Area: Mathematics
Objectives: allows practice with all math
grades 1-12. Assists teacher in teaching various levels or math.
Brief Description: A mathematics teaching
assistant for grades 1-12. It acts as a math tutor and has interactive
games students can play.
Entry Capabilities Required:Teacher needs
to become farmiliar with the program and the children need to know 1st
grade mathematics and up for their level.
Relevance to objectives: 5; in reviewing
the program, I feel it is a great help to the teacher to create lesson
plans and worksheets, it is also great for students to get practice on
their math studies with the aid of the computer.
Strong Points: Its use
in the classroom is very helpful to the students and to the teacher for
assignments, practice, questions, lesson plans, and extra credit.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
5; The progam is an excellent way for students of all ages and grade
levels to practice their mathematics skills.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4;
Children will have fun with the interactive games and it will keep their
interest up. Graphics could be better.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5;
very easy to comprehend for anyone
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
3; very durable however the font could be larger and the color of the font
should be darker.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 5; upon the players actions
are their results and scores on the online assignments. If they do well
they will recieve a good score.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 5; This is a good
simulation for what the students will be doing as woksheets and tests within
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
5; Mrs. Estabrook, retired second grade teacher from Town of Webb High
Schools used it in her class room and says the kids enjoyed it and it helped
Clear directions for play: 5; Very clear
directions and if there are questions to be asked there are help buttons.
Effectiveness of debriefing:5;
the scoring results at the end tells you how well the student has done,
the correct answers to the problems missed, and gives a printout of the
results if desired.
Weak Points: it
is a very basic program so it may become outdated in the near future.
Reviewer: Anne Moore
Position: undergraduate student -SUNY
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2000
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
G3 233, 64mb ram.