Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Math Program


CapJaxMathFax is a challenging computer based math program that helps children learn their addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. The program may be used from elementary children up to middle school. Starting at $29.95 the evaluation package demonstrates the full potential of the program, how it works, and also includes your "Home Use" license. CapJaxMathFax also gives you an option to download the evaluation program free of charge at any time. The program provides hands on overview notes. In Playing for Rating the student may choose the subject. The child will start at the easiest level and advance from there every time he accumulates 100 points. CapJax remembers the score so the child may play everyday and see his score climb up. “In the Practice Mode you may choose any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. You may also set the level of difficulty. You may simply practice or you could create your own game. CapJax displays your results while you’re playing, but they are not saved.” The child is able to at his own level, improve his rating and combine skills for extra practice he will also be able to complete multiple skills at a time. The program also offers an opportunity for the child to practice using number keys with the enter key. It also has easy to follow step by step instructions on how to set up. When setting up, the program gives you the ability to select the skill the child will be learning.  CapJaxMathFax also gives you the opportunity to choose the individual level. The child may work on one level by marking the box Single Level Practice or not checking the box and practice all of the levels. There are 9 levels and 10 problems to a level for addition and subtraction.  In multiplication and division, there are 10 levels with 11 problems. When the child has completed as many problems as Facts in Set, he has completed all of the problems for that selection. “A super answer is one you get on the first try and in the number of Super Seconds. Three is the most popular number for Super Seconds, but you may wish to use higher numbers while you are getting started. Once the student has had an opportunity to practice using the key board and using the program, he is ready to “build your ratings and Total T- Score.” When the student first signs in, CapJax will create his progress file. The child will start off with a rating of 0. The rating will climb as he works through the level in the math skill selected. When the child earns a score of 100% on the first try in 3 seconds, the student will be ready for the next level. If the child answers the math problem incorrectly three times, the answer is shown after the third attempt. Students may obtain answers themselves by referring to pop-up tables available at the click of a button. The program also offers "Cappers" which are review facts presented at the end of each rating session. They are not counted in the calculation of the learner’s new rating but they provide additional practice of facts not yet mastered. The program gives the teacher the option to print out the performance results. It also gives one the possibility to print out the details which show the number of answers shown after 3 attempts. "CapJaxMathFax provides feedback about each session with a graphical bar chart, a running summary of session results, and a personalized session progress report." 
Use the check list below to compare CapJaxMathFax to other programs:

Does the program address the full range of computation from addition to division?
Does the program address computation with negative as well as positive values?
Will my student clearly understand the objectives of the program?
Is there positive feedback for my student to enjoy working with the program?
Is feedback immediate?
Does the program allow me to monitor my student's performance over time?
Will the program work at my student's best pace for learning?
Will my student succeed at a rate that is challenging, but not frustrating?
Does the program allow time for my student to reflect on his or her work?
Does the program use timing in a way that that minimizes pressure?
Does the program provide printed reports of my student's success?
Does the program provide graphical reports of success and progress?

Starboard Training Systems
11729 North Shore Dr.
Reston, VA 20190 USA
Free CapJaxMathFax Evaluation
Phone: 703.471.6790
Fax: 703.471.6791
Open 9:00am - 5:00pm EST

 My Experience:
Since my daughter is 6 years old, I decided to have her complete the addition level 1-9 single level. I did increase the Super Seconds because she really does not enjoy feeling the pressure of having to finish something at a certain time. Since I wanted her to do her best, I decided to allow her to give me the answers verbally and I would type them in for her. She feels really pressured when she is being "timed" and at this point, I really do not find it necessary for her to know her facts in 3 seconds. She did enjoy completing the math problems. One particular day she was completing the math problems and made a few comments that the problems were too easy. The next time around I chose the "Word Thinkers" and decreased the time allocated to answer the questions to 3 seconds. She enjoyed completing the math problems and said " mom this is fun." One of the features she enjoyed was the "Performance Results" page. Every time she completed the problems, she wanted me to go to this page and see if the level had increased. In addition, the drill and practice math problems gave my daughter an opportunity for independent work since I did not have to be available for her to complete the problems. CapJaxMathFax also generates the exercise without repetition which gave me the assurance that she was learning and not memorization what she had seen some time before. What I appreciated about the program was that I did not have to prepare any quizzes or assignments. CapJaxMathFax did the work for me. I also appreciated that the program allowed the student to keep track of her score and set goals.

Overall Thoughts:
I really appreciated the wide range of math problems this program offered. For the higher grades, the student would be able to learn his multiplication and division by 12. The program also offered math problems with negatives. As a home-school parent I also liked having the option of printing out the Performance Results. This gave me the visual needed to make sure she is able to complete the math facts. The Fax Details provided a print out of the problems she completed and how many seconds it took for her to answer the math problems. I would recommend this program as a supplement to your current math curriculum and it's complete for its purpose. The program does not teach other topics such as coins, time, and fractions. It's more of a drill and practice kind of on line program. Having the option to receive merit badges for my daughter when she masters each math type is also a bonus. She really likes to receive immediate rewards. When looking at the web site capjax.com, I was able to take a look at the Teacher Guide and get an understanding of how to use the program. My daughter enjoyed this program and I did as well I'm just not connived that children need to know their math facts at a certain amount of time.

 Smooth Sailing Math
I have received this product free of charge for review purposes.

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