Is Algebra Nation really free?
Yes! Algebra Nation is free for all Algebra 1 students and teachers in Michigan (and their districts). Funding for the program has been provided by the Michigan legislature, through the Michigan Department of Education.
How are the Algebra Nation instructional videos different from other tutoring videos?
Algebra Nation’s videos break down each featured problem and allow students to select their own Study Expert, so they can move at a pace and with a teaching style that works for them. And, with their accompanying workbook, they can also follow along with each problem. If they get stuck, they can ask questions on the interactive Wall and, if they want extra practice before a test, they can use the Test Yourself! Practice Tool, too!
No other tool offers such comprehensive, standards aligned materials to support all kinds of learners.
This sounds great, but does it work?
For information on Algebra Nation’s mission and the impact Algebra Nation has on student learning, check out our About Us and Impact pages. We are proud of the results we’ve had to date, but there’s always room for us to improve. If you have any ideas on how we can make our resources even better for you and the students you serve, let us know by emailing help@AlgebraNation.com. We’d love to hear from you!
How can my district get started?
We’re excited to welcome you and your students to Algebra Nation! The first step is to contact Marlene so she can answer any questions you may have, help you order free Algebra Nation workbooks, and can coordinate with your district’s IT team to set up access for you and your students.
Our schools don't have 1-to-1 devices and/or many of our students don't have internet access at home. How can we use Algebra Nation?
There are many ways to use Algebra Nation when students’ access to devices or internet is limited. If you have just one terminal in class, teachers can show short clips to complement or introduce their instruction, or show a whole video to some students while working in the corner with a small group of students. Many teachers have had success with these approaches. We’ve curated a number of strategies from teachers in the Teacher Area. Teachers can also post this question in the Teacher Wall to see what other great ideas colleagues from across the state have to offer.
We find that students often have a sibling, parent or grandparent who has a smart phone or tablet (any iPhone, iPad or Android device from the last five years) and is willing to let them download the app for at-home use.
If students have a device but no internet at home, you can recommend that they use free wifi at your local library or businesses like McDonald’s or Starbucks. We also keep a running list of internet access initiatives that are open to Michigan students here. Please feel free to share this list with your students and their families, colleagues from across the state, and anyone else who might benefit from the programs.
The videos aren’t loading. What do I do?
Make sure you are using the latest versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to watch the Algebra Nation videos. These browsers work best with Algebra Nation. If you see a red or yellow button appear as you watch the videos, your connection may be too slow and you may need to find a stronger internet connection. If you are still having issues with the videos, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a suggestion that would make your resources better. How can I submit it?
Send it our way! We rely on good ideas from educators and students to constantly improve our resources. Please send any ideas or suggestions to us at help@AlgebraNation.com or give us a call at 888-608-MATH.
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