FAQs

Is Algebra Nation really free?

Yes, Algebra Nation is 100% free. The University of Florida, in partnership with Study Edge, has made the commitment to bring this resource to 100% of Florida districts, schools, and students. In order to make that possible, we’re keeping this resource free.

How is Algebra Nation different from other online tutoring videos?

There are a lot of videos teaching algebra skills online. Algebra Nation is the only source that features dynamic videos already specifically aligned to Florida state standards. Instead of merely throwing drill and kill problems at students, Algebra Nation’s videos break down each featured problem and provide a corresponding study guide so students can follow along at their own pace. The videos prompt students to pause and try out problems independently. The videos also explicitly encourage collaboration by asking higher order questions that students can then answer on the Algebra Wall. Algebra Nation is also unique in its “Test Yourself!” practice feature, which allows students to test their skills in the same computer-based format they will encounter on the EOC.

What is the Algebra Nation Newsletter?

The Algebra Nation Teacher Newsletter will update teachers, parents, and administrators on the most recent Algebra Nation developments, share teaching best practices suggested to us from your colleagues and peers, and ask for your feedback on Algebra Nation developments. Algebra Nation is a living and breathing entity – it is constantly evolving to fit the needs and requirements of its community – you! In order to do so, we will ask for your feedback and opinion periodically and make changes accordingly. We’ll let you know what you’ve said and how we’ve adopted your changes. We will NOT spam you and we will NOT sell or abuse your information. Join our newsletter here.

What are the technical requirements for accessing Algebra Nation?

Algebra Nation can be accessed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9+.

If you are a district technology administrator and would like further information, please email help@algebranation.com .

Is my county integrated / What is integration?

Integration allows students and teachers to access the Algebra Nation web app by logging in with their pre-existing school and district credentials. This means that students and teachers can use the login information they already know – they never need to create a brand new account. Additionally, integration allows teachers to pull reports on their students. For example, teachers will be able to see how many videos each student has watched, what posts their students have made on the wall, and how well their students are doing on the “Test Yourself!” Practice Tool. Teachers do not have to set up their classes/rosters – this is already done automatically for them!

To check to see if your county is integrated, please visit www.AlgebraNation.com/status

As of Summer 2015, all Florida counties were successfully integrated.

How do I get started?

Go to the home screen and click the ‘Enter Algebra Nation’ button.Since your school district is already integrated with Algebra Nation, all you need to do is put in your school name, username, and password to access all of our free resources!

I forgot my username/password. Please help!

After you enter your school into the Algebra Nation app, students will see a prompt on the screen that helps them recall their username/password! Teachers should have received their usernames/passwords from their districts. If you still are having trouble accessing the Algebra Nation app, please email help@algebranation.com.

How safe is my information?

The University of Florida and Study Edge have taken every step to ensure the safety of Algebra Nation participants. The Algebra Nation web app and iPhone and Android apps were all designed and built to ensure user security. For example, participants’ profile pages are blocked, making it impossible to access their information, and the transparent wall – it’s the same one for the entire state of Florida – is constantly being monitored.

How do I get linked to my teacher/students on Algebra Nation?

With the new Algebra Nation web app, there is no need for teachers to add students to their rosters or for students to enter in a code to link to their teacher. This process is automatically done for you. If you are a teacher and do not see your algebra classes in your “Reports,” email help@algebranation.com for assistance.

What if I want to feature these videos in my classroom?

The new Algebra Nation web app allows teachers and students to access Algebra Nation using their existing school usernames and passwords. That way, you can show the Algebra Nation videos during the school day!

How can I ask questions? Who is answering my questions?

Ask questions by posting on our wall using our Algebra Nation web, Facebook and mobile apps! You can also draw your equation or graph through the Draw Something feature or even take a photo of your problem and post your question on the wall with your smartphone. The wall is moderated by Florida teachers and our Study Experts (highly trained online algebra tutors).

What are karma points and how can I earn them?

Algebra Nation believes in good karma: by helping others, you’re helping yourself! You receive Karma Points for both asking great questions and answering peers’ questions on the Algebra Wall. Karma points are shown next to a student’s name, and the Karma Leader board shows the top five karmic leaders in the state! In addition to bragging rights, karma points will be redeemable for very real prizes: each month the highest middle school student and high school student Karma Points earner will each win a new iPad!

Is there an answer key for the videos?

Answer keys are available for teachers through the Teacher Area.

Now that my district is integrated, how can I arrange for a training on how to use Algebra Nation?

Algebra Nation provides free district-wide training for teachers and administrators in integrated districts. Email Chelsea@AlgebraNation.com for more information and to set up a district-wide training.

How can I be more involved in Algebra Nation?

Calling all teachers, parents, administrators, and students! We would love your input and feedback to make Algebra Nation even better. Email Help@AlgebraNation.com to get more involved in Algebra Nation.

How do I get started?

Go to the home screen and click the ‘Enter Algebra Nation’ button. Click on the enter ‘Enter Facebook App’ button. If you are already logged into Facebook or have a Facebook account, just use your username and password. If you do not have an account, take a few minutes and create a username and password. There is NO need to make a profile, post pictures, or message any one – just use your new username and password to jump right into Algebra Nation! Algebra Nation also has iPhone and Android apps. To download the app, search ‘Algebra Nation’ in your phone’s app store.

Why are we using Facebook?

The new Algebra Nation web app allows students and teachers to log on to Algebra Nation using their existing school username and password. Your school district must be an Algebra Nation district (integrated with Algebra Nation) to use this web app. To check to see if your school district is integrated, go to AlgebraNation.com/status.

Don’t worry if your district has not yet completed the integration process, you can still access all the great features of Algebra Nation! We’re committed to making studying algebra as easy and intuitive as possible. This philosophy extends even to our log-in process. Oftentimes, the hardest part of getting students to use something new is the sign up process. Because a huge percentage of students already have existing Facebook accounts, students do not have to sign up for another program or go through yet another new website. By making it as painless as possible to access the program, students are much more likely to use it. Many high school students are already continually logged onto Facebook – students can wish their friend “Happy Birthday!” one moment and watch a short video or ask a homework question in the next. In addition, students today are very familiar with Facebook’s format – from using the wall as a springboard for discussion to using facebook’s search app feature – and they will be able to jump right into the content of Algebra Nation. This also helps teachers – teachers will not be inundated with requests from students when students invariably lose their log-in information.

How safe is my information?

The University of Florida and Study Edge have taken every step to ensure the safety of Algebra Nation participants. The Algebra Nation web app, Facebook, app, and iPhone and Android apps were all designed and built to ensure user security.

For example, participants’ profile pages are blocked, making it impossible to access their information, and the transparent wall – it’s the same one for the entire state of Florida – is constantly being monitored. Facebook does NOT have any Algebra Nation information because all Algebra Nation data and videos are hosted on the Algebra Nation server, not on Facebook’s. We are only using Facebook’s user name and password information to make the process easy for students and teachers alike. Even our wall is something we created from scratch! Although it looks similar to the Facebook wall, the Algebra Nation wall has special features – and additional security – to maintain a safe, secure social media environment.

As a teacher, will my students see my profile?

Since you are accessing Algebra Nation through Facebook,students will only be able to see your name and your profile picture if you post on the wall. Even if you choose to post of the wall, students cannot click on your profile picture, message you, or see your private profile. You can also adjust your privacy settings for the Algebra Nation app at facebook.com/privacy.

As a student, will my teacher see my profile?

Your teacher can only see your profile picture and your name. Your teacher cannot click on your name or message you on Algebra Nation. However, please remember that your profile picture and your name is part of your public profile, so put your best foot – or face – forward!

What if I want to feature these videos in my classroom?

The new Algebra Nation web app allows teachers and students to access Algebra Nation using their existing school usernames and passwords. In order for this to happen, your school district needs to become an ‘Algebra Nation district.’ Essentially, your district’s IT team needs to receive word from their supervisor that your district wants to integrate with Algebra Nation. Algebra Nation is integrated or in the process of integrating with over 60 districts now. Integration is completely FREE for districts, and we provide support the before, during, and after integration. If you are a district administrator and would like to have your school district become an Algebra Nation district, have your IT team contact Melody@AlgebraNation.com

How can I ask questions? Who is answering my questions?

Ask questions by posting on our Algebra Wall. You can also draw your equation or graph through the Draw Something feature or even take a photo of your problem and post your question on the wall with your smartphone. The wall is moderated by Florida teachers and Study Experts (highly trained online algebra tutors).

What are karma points and how can I earn them?

Algebra Nation believes in good karma: by helping others, you’re helping yourself! You receive Karma Points for both asking great questions and answering peers’ questions on the Algebra Wall. Karma points are shown next to a student’s name, and the Karma Leader board shows the top five karmic leaders in the state! In addition to bragging rights, karma points will be redeemable for very real prizes: each month the highest middle school student and high school student Karma Points earner will each win a new iPad!

Is there an answer key for the videos?

There is no answer key at this time, however, you can find all the solutions to the practice problems in the videos! You can find solution videos to all of the Extra Practice Problems in the "Videos and More" section. The solution videos are in a folder called “Extra Practice Problems”. We are also currently working on a secure teacher area that will have all the answer keys.

Are the videos available with Closed Captioning?

We are working towards including closed captioning on our short videos. We are going to include that feature just as soon as we possibly can. Stay tuned for updates!

How can I be more involved in Algebra Nation?

Calling all teachers, parents, administrators, and students! We would love your input and feedback to make Algebra Nation even better. Email Help@AlgebraNation.com to get more involved in Algebra Nation.

The videos are not loading. Please help!

Make sure you are using the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to watch the Algebra Nation videos! These browsers work the best with Algebra Nation. Also, if you see a red or yellow button appear as you watch the videos, your connection may too slow and you may need to find a stronger internet connection. If you are still having issues with the videos, please email help@algebranation.com.