FAQs

Is Algebra Nation really free?

For the 2016-2017 school year, Algebra Nation is being piloted at no cost to schools in Mobile County.

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 resource that features dynamic videos already specifically aligned to specific 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.

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 .

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?

We 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.

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 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 teachers and our Study Experts (highly trained online algebra tutors).

What are karma points and how can I earn them?

Study Experts (graduate students and teachers who work for Algebra Nation to moderate) award Karma Points to students for helping other students and starting new discussions about math on the Wall. Students can help other students by directing them to videos that will help them with their questions or by explaining the first step in solving a particular math problem. Remember, students won’t be given Karma Points if they just reveal the answer to another student’s question!

Students can also see where they stand by looking at the Karma Points Leaderboard. The number of Karma Points that the students has earned is shown on each wall post they make, on the top of the screen, and on the Leaderboard page.

What do students want to earn Karma Points? The best way to learn math is to help others. Also, in addition to bragging rights, students can win great prizes! Recently, students have won t-shirts, pizza parties, and iPads!

Here is what you can win:

From September to April each year, we give out 1 iPad each month to the student who earn the most Karma Points that month. Second, third, forth, fifth, and sixth places each win an Algebra Nation t-shirt.

Please note that while students can win a t-shirt more than 1 time (we have multiple colors now!), students can only win an iPad once.

Is there an answer key for the videos?

Answer keys are available for teachers through the Teacher Area.

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.

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 Points Leaderboard shows the top karma Point earners in the state! In addition to bragging rights, karma points will be redeemable for prizes!

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.