A Truly Engaging & Adaptive Software Experience
Fostering a growth mindset builds confidence and perseverance. MATH 180 promotes intrinsic motivation with engaging, purposeful content and gaming principles so students take ownership of their learning.
A Future Full of Badges
Students collect career-driven badges tied to focus, mastery, and Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice like perseverance. Students know exactly what they need to do to earn their next badge.
Data for Ownership & Accountability
The Student Dashboard allows students to take an active role in their ongoing improvement, thus motivating them to persevere and challenge themselves. Progress allows students to track their advancement through each Zone, their results on mSkills assessments, and their SMI Quantile growth.
A GPS Built From the Progression to Algebra
The Topic GPS lets students know exactly where they are in the program. Based on the progression to algebra, students track their mastery toward Common Core standards, and learn why the current topic is crucial for developing understanding in upcoming and grade-level topics.
Access to Library of Instructional Media
Students have access to a digital library with instructional videos for each objective, interactive visual models—mTools—and an English/Spanish glossary.
Understanding at Students' Fingertips
Both the Common Core and Singapore national curriculum emphasize the use of visual models. Interactive mTools, such as the bar model, fraction strips, and number lines, are embedded into MATH 180 software and group instruction, fostering deep concrete and representational understanding.
Explore Zone—Situate Learning in College & Career Contexts
MATH 180 is organized into nine blocks of instruction. Students begin each block in the Explore Zone where students experience firsthand how the math in that block connects to careers, cultural events, and their lives. Watch this overview from Course II.
Engage Students With High Interest Videos
MATH 180 exposes students to a variety of potential visions of future success through Anchor Videos that present the upcoming content through engaging situations. In one block, students learn how the performances of the world's top athletes are often separated by only tenths or even hundredths of a second. In another, students see mathematical skills and practices in action as young entrepreneurs start businesses and save for college. Watch this Anchor Video from Course I.
Interactive Simulations Develop Mathematical Practices
After watching the Anchor Video, students interact with media-rich, multistep simulations, where they take on the authentic tasks of social media marketers, restaurant managers, medical and educational professionals, etc. Students get to experience the mathematical concepts as concrete, representational, and intensely purposeful, before they are asked to perceive them as abstract and algorithmic in the Learn Zone. Simulations require students to set goals and utilize mathematical practices like: model problems with mathematics and reason abstractly and quantitatively as they weigh their options. Watch this simulation from Course I.
Build Analytical Thinking Skills & Construct Viable Arguments
Each simulation in the Explore Zone is followed by a reflection exercise, in which students analyze their results and evaluate their thought processes in writing. This provides valuable practice constructing viable arguments and writing in digital formats—both of which are required on Next Generation Assessments. Teachers can review all responses in the students' digital portfolios. See this example from Course I.
Accelerate Student Learning With Fast Track
Students have the option to Fast Track through the direct instruction and guided practice in the Learn Zone. In Fast Track, students demonstrate mastery by correctly solving three rigorous problems without any corrective feedback or support. Correct response accelerate students to the Master section of the Learn Zone, but if student answer incorrectly, they will jump back to where they were in the lesson when they decided to Fast Track. See this example from Course II.
Learn Zone—Develop Mastery of Key Foundational Concepts
In the Learn Zone, students work toward developing mastery with key concepts and skills along the Common Core Progression to Algebra. They demonstrate mastery at their own pace with varying levels of scaffolding and feedback to foster independent success. The software gradually releases students from guided to independent practice using visual models, a metacognitive coach, and corrective feedback. Watch this overview from Course I.
Think—Model Reasoning With Instructional Videos
During Think, students watch an instructional video that models the thinking behind solving a problem. Each video introduces a concept with a short contextualized situation and then solves the problem using reasoning, visual models, and carefully scaffolded procedures as the standards recommend. Watch this instructional video from Course I.
Try—Scaffolded Practice Ensures Success
Try is a short set of very scaffolded problems asking students to complete problems using the same strategy, procedure and model introduced in the instructional video. The first problem presented is actually the same problem—students are guided through each step, ensuring success. Watch this example from Course II.
Practice—Corrective Feedback & Metacognitive Coach Support Students
During Practice, students receive scaffolded practice with new concepts, skills, and strategies. They build experience with the help of worked examples, corrective feedback, and the aid of a metacognitive coach. To complete Practice, students must correctly answer three consecutive problems or four out of five. If students struggle with a particular step, they receive additional targeted practice. In Course II, students can select the most effective corrective feedback while working in the Learn Zone. Watch the example from Course II.
Master—Distributive Practice Helps Solidify Understanding
During Master, students solve problems independently. Based on the FASTT model, students solve problems that assess content objectives from both the current and prior lessons. This encourages students to interpret the meaning behind each problem, make connections, and solidify their understanding. Watch this example from Course I.
Success Zone—Gain Flexibility Solving Problems
Students apply math concepts and skills from the Learn Zone to a variety of mathematical situations, including non-routine and contextualized problems in the Success Zone. Built as a game board with choice, the Success Zone features problems similar to items on the Next Generation Assessments. Watch this overview from Course II.
Next Generation Assessment Items—Find or Fix
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Find or Fix problems ask students to highlight or correct an error in the solution of a problem. This helps students to become more aware of common errors. See the example from Course II.
Next Generation Assessment Items—What’s Right?
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, What’s Right? problems ask students to select one or more correct solutions to a problem. This allows students to think about different strategies to solve a problem. See the example from Course II
Next Generation Assessment Items—Word Play
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Word Play problems ask students to apply math understanding and skills to contextual problems with various levels of scaffolding. These problems require reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Next Generation Assessment Items—Complete It
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Complete It problems ask students to make true math statements by placing tiles into a set of unknowns. This allows students to become more aware of common errors. See the example from Course II.
Next Generation Assessment Items—Match
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Match problems ask students to make pairs from sets of various tiles to demonstrate flexibility and an understanding of equivalence. See the example from Course I.
Next Generation Assessment Items—Compare & Order
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Compare & Order problems ask students to use patterns and relationships to compare and order numbers and expressions. See the example from Course I.
Next Generation Assessment Items—Math Talk
Derived from Next Generation Assessment sample items, Math Talk problems focus on mathematical language and ask students to communicate reasoning using math vocabulary. See the example from Course I.
The Brain Arcade—Personalized Playlist of Smart Games
Customized to each student's needs, the Brain Arcade provides a personalized playlist of games that build both computational and strategic fluency. The Brain Arcade is the destination for meeting the fluency standards in the Common Core by offering adaptive practice with facts, multi-digit operations, inverse relationships, unknowns, properties of numbers, and more.
Progress Through Gamification
Using the latest gaming education research, the Brain Arcade provides students with unique learning environments and a choice of games to play. Games increase in difficulty level as students demonstrate mastery and unlock new levels and chapters.
MATH 180's personalized student software builds mastery and a growth mindset for students through instructional videos, guided practice, adaptive formative assessments, and smart math games designed to build fluency. The software accelerates learning by providing added support and practice where students need it and fast tracking when students demonstrate mastery.