Components of Algebra Nation

Algebra Nation is a result of ongoing collaboration among teachers, professors, administrators, parents, and students. Algebra Nation provides a platform for everyone to share his or her best ideas and practices.

Algebra Nation has the following components. Click on each to learn more!

Video Content Review Sessions

Algebra Nation videos are organized into easy-to-navigate sections. Each section contains 5-10 video lessons. These effective, entertaining videos feature lessons taught by nationally renowned Study Experts – young, energetic pros – and dynamic algebra teachers. We’ve found that students will often gravitate towards one teaching personality over another, and we wanted to offer that choice for students, so multiple instructors are available for each video!

Study Guides

Teachers say it all the time: “Write it down!” Algebra Nation provides study guide notes to accompany each and every video. Students, parents, and teachers alike can download, print and/or view review sheets which parallel and reinforce the videos. Our Study Experts and teachers encourage students to pause the videos and try out problems on the guides themselves. Then, the videos explain how to do the problems so students can always check their work.

Test Yourself! Practice Tool

Available at the end of each section, the “Test Yourself!” practice tool was created in direct response to teacher feedback. By using the tool, students can practice their newly reviewed skills in a format that echoes what they will see on computer-based tests. Students can familiarize themselves with the calculator tool, multiple-choice, drag and drop, equation response, and multi-select formats of a computer-based test in a low-pressure environment and on their own time. Once a student completes a practice section, s/he receives her results. The results page breaks down each problem by: indicating whether the student answered correctly, explaining which video lesson corresponds with the problem, and featuring a short video which explains how to best arrive at the solution. Teachers can view data for his/her students online anytime. The downloadable student reports include both individual and class breakdowns and allow teachers to see the videos watched, student progress on the “Test Yourself!” practice tool, and the questions students ask on the Interactive Algebra Wall. See the Teacher Page for more details.

Interactive Algebra Wall

Learning does not happen in a vacuum. The best use of technology breaks down barriers and classroom walls. Students, teachers, and parents are no longer confined to the hours of a school day or the constraints of physical location. Students can ask questions on their computers and/or smartphones, and will receive answers from teachers, peers, and Study Experts. Study Experts monitor the interactions in real time, and teachers who so choose can receive a report of their student’s questions and answers. Algebra Nation’s unique interactive wall mimics a Facebook wall (with which so many students are already familiar) so that students are comfortable in the low-stakes social environment. Unlike a Facebook wall, however, teachers and study experts are specially noted with a flag.  Most importantly, students cannot click on each others’ pictures, access another student’s profile, or message each other on the Algebra Nation wall. The wall is completely searchable and transparent. Students from different classes, and even different schools, can collaborate, share ideas, and answer each other’s questions. Watch a short video introduction to the Algebra Nation wall here.

Algebra Nation Incentives

Algebra Nation believes in good karma: by helping others, you’re helping yourself! Research has shown that students internalize information better when they are active learners – asking questions and explaining material are indicators of active learning. Students receive Karma Points for both asking great questions and answering peers’ questions on the Algebra Wall. Karma points are shown next to a students’ name, and the Karma Points Leaderboard shows the top Karma Point earners! Karma Points can be redeemed for community service credit or prizes!

Easy Accessibility – Algebra on the Go!

Students, teachers and parents can access the app on any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access (Just click on “Enter Algebra Nation” here). Students can watch videos and post on the wall from any computer or smartphone. To make it even easier to ask those pressing math questions, we’ve added a “Draw Something” feature on our wall. Students can write equations and draw graphs with their mouse or finger. They can also take photos of their work with their smartphones and post them instantly on the Algebra Nation Wall. Learn more about it here!

Learning Community

Algebra Nation believes teachers already have the answer – we are merely collecting the best questions, ideas and practices from throughout the state and making it available to all, free of charge. By such collaboration, we believe that our students can overcome learning obstacles and gain confidence in math. Everyone is invited to join the conversation: parents, students, teachers, math coaches, and administrators. Contact if you are interested in working more closely with Algebra Nation or even if you want to drop a line about how Algebra Nation has worked for you! We would love to hear your feedback.