Just 3 Steps to Begin Math Fact Genius - No Credit Card Needed
|1.||Click HotDogger Icon above right|
|2.||Select the Auto5 Option|
|3.||Click the PRACTICE button|
Teachers can view student test results - add new students - modify student information - print out student summaries and more.
|BASIC TEST ONLY - STUDENT LOGIN
The Basic Test is used as a pre-test when beginning Math Fact Genius and also as a post-test either monthly or at the end of each grading period. Includes a detailed summary page showing all correct, slow and incorrect math facts. (Excellent for parent conferences.) To begin the Basic Test, students click the Purple Albert icon at left - enter their username/password and select the BASIC TEST for either Multiplication 0-9, Addition, Subtraction, etc). To begin our powerful "learning" practice programs - click HotDogger above right.
|How MFG Works... The student begins with the MFG pre-test that covers the ten 0's facts. When these are answered, the student is then tested on the ten 1's facts - then the ten 2's facts - 3's facts - etc. When the first fact is answered incorrectly - nothing happens - testing continues as usual. However, when the student makes a total of 5 mistakes - the pre-test stops and the student is taken to the teaching phase of the program. Here, the student is shown and taught the correct answers for their five incorrect facts. You can also choose to have the student practice less than the five mistakes (We recommend practicing 3 facts for most students and 2 or even 1 for Special-Ed students). Once the incorrect facts are taught in a small video - the student then begins an immensely powerful 5 STEP teaching phase which includes the following:|
|STEP 1: Pick answer from 2 choices (Called "Recognition Memory"- A very easy step to complete)
STEP 2: Entering the second number in the answer when only the first digit is shown
STEP 3: Entering the first number in the answer when only the second digit is shown
STEP 4: Entering the entire answer (Student must now enter both digits in the answer)
STEP 5: Answer inverted math facts (for example, if 8x6 was incorrect, student must also answer 6x8)
Students stay on each step until it is completed successfully 3 times.
|KEEP DETAILED STUDENT RECORDS ALL YEAR LONG
You can also keep permanent records of student progress in your personal MFG database. Try this feature free of charge at at - www.keyacademics.net (no credit card needed!) You can then monitor student (or class) progress in detail, including - the specific first wrong math fact - all incorrect facts - incorrect answers given - total time taken to complete a section and more. There is also a baseline pre-test (called the Basic Test) that covers all 100 facts but does not stop after the 5th wrong answer. The best way to use the database is to use it on your first day (to get baseline scores), then practice the not database version for another 4-5 sessions, then use the database version again (to document progress). You can also give our Basic Test once a month or once a marking period for a detailed one page summary of test results. Great for giving to parents or administrators to document progress.
|PROGRESS SEEN IMMEDIATELY!
Using your personal MFG database - you can see progress immediately! On your first day, the database shows which was the first incorrect math fact for every student, along with the 2nd wrong fact, 3rd, 4th and 5th. When you test the student(s) on the second day, you will see that that 2 or 3 of these first five wrong facts are now answered correctly. By the third or fourth day, these first 5 incorrect facts will now all be correct and the student will have moved up to higher multiplication tables. Being able to view the progress in black and white is very exciting as an educator!!! We also recently added a bar graph to the database that shows the monthly percent correct for all students in your database. Watching this grow over a 3-4 month period is also very encouraging! Bottom Line... Use MFG daily or at least 3 times a week and mastery of the 100 multiplication facts is just around the corner. Once this is achieved, watch their skills in division, fractions and percent advance at lightning speed!
New Teachers & Parents: We explain these steps in more detail below.
NEW LOGIN SEQUENCE
POWERFUL NEW DATABASE FOR AUTO5
Our Powerful New Auto5 Mode Explained!
Includes 4 difficulty levels and more video "rewards" to increase motivation.
Attention Special Ed Teachers! Our Practice 1 & Practice 2 Difficulty Levels are Excellent for Special Ed Students
|Breakthrough in Multiplication Fact Learning?
Our new Auto5 mode is a major advance in our efforts to provide you with you with the most powerful math facts learning tool for your students. This new version addresses some frustration issues and lack of progress we observed in very low level students. The bottom line - Our new Auto5 program uses entirely new logic that will generate far more improvement compared to our previous versions. Four difficulty levels now insure students of any learning ability can participate and advance. The program begins by testing students with the ten 0's multiplication facts, then the ten 1's facts, ten 2's facts, 3's etc. Testing continues until your student has made 5 mistakes. After the 5th mistake, testing stops and we begin a very special five LEVEL teaching phase using the difficulty level you selected when beginning the progrm. For example, the Practice 1 difficulty level has the student practice only their first incorrect multiplication fact and their 4 "slowest" math facts. Slow facts are picked by priority: Facts answered in 5 seconds are chosen first, then facts answered in 4 seconds, then 3 seconds, etc). The Practice 2 option has students practice only their first 2 incorrect multiplication facts along with their 3 slowest math facts. Typical students of average ability should try the Practice 3 option at first (3 wrong and 2 slow facts). However, if they can't pass all LEVELS in 30 minutes, move them down to the Practice 2 difficulty level. Special Ed students may be able to succeed with Practice 2, but should be moved to Practice 1 if frustration or lack of progress is observed. Some Gifted students may be able to do our Practice 5 option which practices only the first 5 mistakes (but this is challenging!). You'll need to "experiment" a little to find the best difficulty level for each student. The logic behind our new Auto5 version is simple - by reducing the number of math facts a student is exposed to during the daily practice session - we dramatically increase the efficiency of transferring information from the short to long-term memory. Along with this, learning efficiency is further enhanced by the five sequential teaching steps called LEVELS. Each LEVEL is just slightly more difficult than the previous and students must "pass" one LEVEL before advancing to the next.
|Slow & Steady Wins the Race - LEVEL by LEVEL
Once your student has made 5 mistakes in our Auto5 testing mode, testing stops and the student is shown the 5 math facts they will now be practicing. The program then begins with LEVEL 1 which is the easiest and uses a powerful learning trick known as "recognition memory." Here, the student is simply asked to pick the correct answer from two possible choices and one answer is correct. Recognizing an answer from two options is much easier than "recalling" an answer and is highly effective when beginning the learning process. The student's personal 5 wrong & slow facts (chosen from the pretest at the beginning of the program) are tested two times each in a row of 10 facts using this LEVEL 1 strategy. When the student can do this 3 times successfully, the program will then advance to the slightly more difficult LEVEL 2. In LEVEL 2, the student is shown the first digit of the answer as a clue (for example, in 4 x 8 = 32, they are shown only the 3 followed by an underline ( 3_ ). At this point, the student is only required to input the 2nd number. (Showing the first number gets the memory brain cells rolling, so to speak.) LEVEL 3 shows the second number of the answer as a clue, so the student must now remember the first digit. LEVEL 4 combines skills from both LEVEL 2 & 3 and requires the student to remember both the first and second number of the answer. Most students can now achieve thhis since they have passed LEVELS 1, 2, and 3. LEVEL 5 is similar to LEVEL 4, except half of the math facts shown are displayed in their inverted form (for example, 3x8 would be shown as 8x3). This is done to teach the concept that order does not matter in multiplication and will accelerate learning of future math facts. Initial observations suggest that the Auto5 mode in Math Fact Genius will result in the permanent learning of 2 or 3 new math facts daily for each student. Therefore, using Auto5 daily for 6-8 weeks should enable the majority of Regular-Ed students to achieve nearly 100% mastery of all 100 multiplication facts. Lower performing Special-Ed students will require additional time. Imagine your students' progress in long division and fractions when this is achieved! We strongly recommend daily practice with Math Fact Genius to achieve maximum progress. While regression (forgetting math facts) can occur after several days of no practice, it does not occur with daily practice. If you insure all your students have completely memorized the 100 multiplication facts you will then observe an absolutley phenomenal increase in ability to learn long division, mult-digit multiplication, converting fractions to lowest terms, dividing & multiplying fractions, converting fractions to percent, etc. etc., etc. Almost forgot! To increase motivation, we now play short humorous animal and child videos after the completion of each LEVEL. See below right for more details on LEVELS.
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We have found that the Safari browser will sometimes not finish loading the program.
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The Basic Test & Database
KEEP TRACK OF STUDENT PROGRESS ALL YEAR LONG
PRINCIPALS CAN NOW MONITOR CLASSROOM SCORES
What happens in HotDogger Auto5 Mode?
RAPID LEARNING OF MULTIPLICATION FACTS
GIVE US A TRY: Click the icon at the top of the page to launch the program.
EFFICIENT TRANSFER TO LONG TERM MEMORY
TRY THIS CHALLENGE WITH YOUR STUDENTS!
2. GIVE STUDENTS THE BASIC PRE-TEST ON FRIDAY
3. FIVE DAYS OF MORNING HOTDOGGER
4. POST-TEST: MEASURE THE PROGRESS!
5. THE BOTTOM LINE.....
IT'S A FACT
Students who truly know all 100 multiplication facts will learn math skills faster and have greatly improved end of year State Math Test Scores!
"End of Year" state math tests take approximately 1 hour to complete the test.
Truly knowing all 100 multiplication facts (called Fluency) = More Test Problems Completed in the allotted time.