Is Algebra Nation really free?
Yes! If you’re a math teacher in Michigan, Algebra Nation is free for you, your students, and your district. 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 I get started?
We’re excited to welcome you and your students to Algebra Nation! The first step is to contact Steve (Steve@AlgebraNation.com or call 313-288-9482) so she can get you set up with a guest log-in, answer any questions you may have, and help you order free workbooks. She can also help you coordinate with your district’s IT team to set up online access for you and your students.
If you or a colleague has already been in touch with us and your district is integrated, you can get started by visiting the home screen and clicking the ‘Enter Algebra Nation’ button. All you need to do is put in your school name, username, and password to access all of our free resources!
My district has already integrated, but I have forgotten my username/password. Help!
If you’re a teacher, you should have received all usernames/passwords from your districts. If you know your user name and password but are still having trouble accessing the Algebra Nation app, please email help@AlgebraNation.com.
How do I get linked to my students so I can see what videos they’ve watched, run reports on their performance on the Test Yourself! Tool, etc.?
With Algebra Nation, there is no need for teachers to add students to your rosters or for students to enter in a code to link themselves to you. This process is automatically done for you. If you are a teacher and do not see your algebra classes in the “Reports” section when you log in to the Teacher Area, please email help@AlgebraNation.com for assistance.
My 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 help@AlgebraNation.com.
Are there answer keys for the videos/workbook?
Yes! You can find answer keys in the Teacher Area. Log in now to check them out!
My classroom doesn’t have 1-to-1 devices and/or many of my students don’t have internet access at home.
There are many ways you can incorporate Algebra Nation videos into class if you have just one terminal in class. For example, you can show short clips to complement your instruction to the class, or show a whole video to some students while you work 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 (log in to check them out). You can also post this question in the Teacher Wall when you log-in to see what other great ideas your colleagues from across the state have to offer.
To help your students who don’t have regular home internet access:
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 a library or local businesses. Please reach out if you have questions or need advice for getting your students connected!
I don’t teach Algebra 1, but I would really love something like this for my math class. Can you help?
Yes! Algebra Nation is aligned to Algebra 1 content standards, plus we have a Pre-Algebra tool in the On-Ramp. We are always adding new content also!
I love Algebra Nation and want to share ideas to help you develop your materials. How can I contribute?
Send your thoughts and ideas our way! We rely on good ideas from educators and students to consistently improve our resources. Please send any ideas or suggestions to us at help@AlgebraNation.com or give us a call at 1-888-608-MATH.
Algebra Nation frequently has part-time, full-time, and volunteer roles for driven, creative people who are passionate about improving student achievement. If you are a current or former educator, a math content expert, or someone who is interested in how technology can improve education (or maybe even all of the above), and you are looking to take on a new challenge, Algebra Nation wants to hear from you! Email Megan@AlgebraNation.com to tell us about yourself and how Algebra Nation fits into your professional goals. Thanks for your interest in Algebra Nation!
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Is Algebra Nation a mandatory curriculum or program?
Algebra Nation is not state mandated. However, it is fully aligned to the Michigan Mathematics Standards and can be used both inside and outside of the classroom in a variety of ways. Algebra Nation offers comprehensive resources for all algebra topics and can serve as a primary curriculum or as a supplement to a district’s current curriculum.