MATH and PRE-ALGEBRA LEARNING DETAILS

Math Chalk BoardMath is made up of 33 books (lessons), divided into Math 1, Math 2, Math 3 and Pre-Algebra.  The Library covers problem solving, basic arithmetic, fractions, decimals, equations, geometry and measurement.  The curriculum spans all the topics required in middle and high school (and beyond), ranging from data interpretation to probability.


Math Parts 1 and 2
 teach the kind of math used in everyday life.  Subjects include basic functions – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – and their applications in fraction, decimal and percent problems.  Attention is devoted to the operation of the calculator and techniques of estimation.  Problems in measurement, geometry and consumer math are emphasized along with the fundamentals of interpreting data and common statistics.

These lessons are based on a problem-solving approach and the math standards promoted by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which emphasize practice exercises and the tools and techniques required to solve them.

The video instruction consists of short introductions by master teachers.  These teachers demonstrate each concept through visual representation and then show how it is used in everyday life.  From there, the concept is expanded through additional instruction and practice. 

Each math lesson is introduced by a “Life Problem.”  These problems deal with such subjects as home purchases and projects, small business decisions, cooking, and travel estimations.

A special feature is the use of video vignettes in the Appendices that show how math is applied on the job by mechanics, surveyors, carpenters, fishermen and others.


Math Part 3 teaches the math required for high school proficiency.  The first six lessons are devoted to solving problems requiring fractions.

Additional instruction explains how to apply ratio, proportion, decimals and percents in situations that are likely to be encountered both on the job and on proficiency examinations.

Math Part 3 builds on the overall learning from Math Parts 1 and 2.  The principle difference in Math Part 3 is in the complexity of the problems and the level of insight required to solve them.

Math Video

Math Parts 1 and 2 utilize a multimedia, interactive platform and incorporates a KET-produced series, Math Basics, as a base.  Video segments feature nationally recognized teachers of mathematics using different props to help learners visualize key mathematical concepts.  Other segments show mathematics at work through brief interviews with people in their real-world settings.

Math Part 3 also incorporates the Math portion of KET’s GED on TV.  The series received the Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence for instructional television and focuses on several students in a mathematics class.  The video follows these students as they recognize and apply mathematic principles in their world outside the classroom.  

Math's Multimedia Components

•  Math 1, 2 and 3 contain 28 multimedia “books” composed of three or four chapters each
•  More than 1,500 screens of instruction that blend information in text, graphics, and segments of instructional video
•  More than 4.5 hours of award-winning instructional video
•  Nearly 2,500 test questions and interactive exercise questions with feedback
•  Online tools: calculator, dictionary, and instructional text narration
•  Automatic record keeping of time on task as well as test and exercise scores
•  Ability for users to learn at their own pace.

PreAlgebra Chalk BoardPre-Algebra is an extension of Math Part 3.  Topics include negative numbers, equations, geometry, measurement and problem solving.  Like Math Part 3, these lessons are targeted at the middle and high school level of difficulty.

The video continues with the same cast of characters introduced in Math Part 3, and the same instructional approach – teaching through life encounters with the subject.

The goal of the pre-Algebra program is to continue to focus on the application of problem-solving techniques and to allow individuals to learn fundamental algebraic concepts that will help them as they enter the Library’s Algebra series.

Pre-Algebra Video

The pre-Algebra series continues the video from Math Part 3 as the students move into an area of pre-algebraic studies.  It incorporates the KET program GED on TV that received the Wilbur Schramm Award of Excellence for instructional television.

Pre-Algebra's Multimedia Components

•  Five Multimedia books composed of three to four chapters each
•  Hundreds of screens of instruction that blend information in text, graphics, and segments with instructional video
•  2 ½ hours of instructional video incorporated within five books
•  Hundreds of interactive test and exercise questions with feedback
•  Online tools: calculator, dictionary, and instructional text narration
•  Automatic record keeping of time on task as well as test and exercise scores
•  Ability for users to learn at their own pace

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