Description: The following passage mainly focuses on aleks login, which shows you how to use the Aleks math website. Students who would like to place in a higher level course may choose to take the ALEKS Math placement assessment.
Today I’m going to show you how to use the Aleks math website, you can do two options, you can try a free trial or it can be purchased by the district, this would be a tool that you would use either in your math class or with a math intervention.
For our purposes we’re going to go to begin free trial, I’m going to sign in as a student, you’ll see that there is a student option, there is a k12 higher education option in which case you will sign in as the teacher, I’m going to sign in as a student.
I will read the terms and agreement, then check that I’ve understood those, I will fill in my personal information, if you are using this with students or having students trial, you will go in and help them get set up with this, I’m typing in my school email here.
There are different levels, you can choose elementary school, middle school, high school, k-8, k-12, I teach through some sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, I’m going to go to middle school and select a course, this would depend on the student, but I’m going to go to middle school math course one and continue.
Once students have created an account, it will suggest a login name and password for them, they would write that down, you can always go back and rechange that to an easier method such as their computer login for a username and perhaps their launch number for their password.
Then you can click continue to free trial, at this point students are prompted to take a short assessment of how to use Aleks math, you’ll click Next, they’ll follow the directions that the program gives them, you are going to use the keyboard to type 14, it walks you along with what to do.
You get familiar with how it works, click on the fraction button, click in the blue box, type 3, this is practice to get familiar with the program, I’m following the prompts, we’re graphing, we are using a ruler on a coordinate graph, there’s an Aleks calculator.
Some program would require one, some would not, you get to a point where it’s going to assess the student to start somewhere in the program so that they know where they would begin, these are 20 questions in a middle school math course.
I choose the course one, so it’s going to be more simplistic than course 2 or course 3, essentially what the students would do to get a baseline assessment is to take questions 1 through 20, once those questions are finished if we look up here, we can see what my pie is.
That will give the teacher a guideline of where the student falls in, what skills they are progressing in and what skills they perhaps may still be lacking, I’m going to answer these questions, we’ll see my data on the pie, here’s a sample of a question which is my question 9 out of 20.
You’ll see that the one of the options is for the student to click Next or they can choose I haven’t learned this, it also gives their assessment progress at the top, so they know where they’re at in the process, here’s an example of a question, fill in the blank to make the two fractions equivalent.
I’m going to continue taking the quiz and the assessment and I’ll be back, I have come to the end of my assessment and this is the message that I would receive as a student, on a complete Aleks assessment I would have performed as if I had little or no knowledge of middle school math course 1, as if I had moderate knowledge of middle school math course 1 or as if I had advance knowledge of middle school math course 1.
I’m going to choose the third option as if I had advanced knowledge of middle school math course 1, then I’m going to click Next, I’m going to receive a pie chart report, another way is that I go and click up in the left hand corner, if I take a look at my pie which is broken into six components, geometry, algebra, measurement, graphs and probability, whole numbers, fractions and proportions and decimals and percents.
As the teacher you could look at this and determine where there is the biggest gap, that would be a starting point either in class as an intervention or with a separate intervention, then I’m going to click continue, what’s even more interesting about this pie graph is that it breaks it down for the student and the teacher both.
The dark part of a pie slice shows what you know, the lighter portion of the pie slice shows what you will learn, for students they can see that in fractions and proportions the dark part is what I know, I know a bit more than what I don’t know in that area.
However when I go and look at geometry, I there are many skills that I still need to brush up on, but the dark part shows what I know, in some areas I’m a bit stronger than in others, for our purposes I missed a few of the questions, this does not reflect assessment of my abilities, but I want to be able to show you that there are two sections of how this pie can be unfolded.
The student with the teacher’s support can click on whatever topic they choose, as I click around on the different parts of the pie, options pull up, these are skills to practice on, for example I go to algebra, these are some of the skills match with a learning outcome that I need some work on.
I’m going to go to understanding the distributive property, when I click on that, it gives me a question to practice, if I don’t understand what is being asked of me, I can click on explain, that will give me a tutor, if I get frustrated with this topic, I can click on my pie to change topics to go back and work on something else.
These are a couple of options, obviously the dashboard is going to look different for a student than it would look for a teacher, but this is the basic on how to get started with Aleks, like many software programs there are many other pockets and areas of information of support.
We have my pie, we have a review option in the student of course, I don’t have anything to review because I haven’t practiced those skills that I need some help on, there’s also a dictionary feature, I can look up words within the different sections that I need help on.
There’s a calculator but I need to be in this skill to be able to click on that calculator option, once I’m ready, I can take a quiz to brush up on those skills that I needed some work on, I’ve given you a sample and a very small sampling of what you could do with this and how powerful it could be with your students, enjoy exploring, it’s a free trial, so you have nothing to lose.