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Interactive textbooks using guided discovery

At Mathscribe, we believe that every student should have access to the most educational use of technology possible. We therefore provide standards-driven interactive textbooks that utilize guided discovery, dynamic graphing, instant feedback, and adaptive exercises. Our curriculum works well in traditional classrooms, supplementary sessions, and interventions.

Courses

We provide free interactive textbooks for Algebra 1 courses, and are expanding into general Grade 8 Mathematics. You can either browse these textbooks as a student sees them, or get a teacher’s overview of entire lessons and related Common Core standards. The best way to understand our approach quickly is to slide the sliders on the right controlling $y=ax^2+bx+c$, then click on one of the course links in the table below, then click on one of the lessons that you will see, and then answer a question or two. Or you can simply watch a short video below.

Common Core Algebra Preparation
(ideal for summer schools)
Teacher View
Common Core Algebra 1 Teacher View
Common Core Algebra 1 - Grade 8 (Accelerated)
(includes the Pythagorean Theorem)
Teacher View
Common Core Grade 8 Mathematics
(in development)
Teacher View

From a Teacher View, a teacher can sign in and then create a class gradebook. Students can then join the class using the My Classes link here or at the top right, and then the teacher can use either My Classes link to track students’ progress. You can see this in our sample gradebook.

We suggest that students work in pairs, at least for their first few lessons, and that the teacher circulate and answer questions. It’s easiest to try out our material by having a class do at least one or two lessons at the beginning of one chapter. (You can quickly see what a group of lessons and exercises covers by looking at the test that follows them.) Before each lesson, we strongly recommend the teacher use the Teacher View and click each Next Question button (not Next button) to see the lesson’s main illustrations. We would also be happy to assist you by visiting your classroom either physically or virtually (via a video call for students with questions).

Why Mathscribe

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Our Impact

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By the early 2020s, virtually every U.S. middle school and high school student will be issued their own portable computer. Today’s chromebooks and other internet based computers provide 11+" screens, wireless connectivity, almost no set-up and maintenance costs, and prices below $200. These computers are capable of grading mathematical homework and tests instantly, freeing up teachers to help students in more creative and fulfilling ways. Our interactive online textbooks lead students to discover mathematical concepts and facts for themselves, while providing immediate feedback and correction. For instance, students vary parameters using sliders, observe resulting changes both graphically and numerically, answer questions about the changes, and see their answers checked, all in real time.

An unlimited number of randomly generated exercises are included, and they adapt in difficulty in response to each student’s answers. Assessment data can be generated automatically without disruptive high-pressure tests. Tutors and mentors can connect with students both locally and remotely. With fewer in-class lectures, students naturally work at their own personal pace, alone or in small groups. With less rote learning and mind-numbing drill, more students will choose STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. The need for remedial math courses at community colleges will decrease. Increased practice in quantitative reasoning and logical thinking will prepare students for better careers and citizenship.

About Us

Dave Barton

Dave Barton

Dave taught mathematics and computer science at U.C. Berkeley, and volunteered in his children’s schools. He studied mathematics and computer science at M.I.T. and U.C. Berkeley, receiving a B.S. at M.I.T. in three years. In high school, he received a 2nd Prize at the 1974 International Mathematical Olympiad, and took six courses at U.C. Berkeley, receiving six A+s. He worked on the MACSYMA and AXIOM computer algebra systems, wrote the open source jqMath module for authoring MathML, helped implement MathML in Chrome 24, and is stackoverflow’s top MathML answerer.

Nan Boultbee

Nan Boultbee

Nan taught mathematics at U.C. Berkeley and in an enrichment program for elementary schools. She has tutored students in algebra, geometry, and calculus, starting in high school in the 1970’s, and continuing today as a volunteer with students from middle school through college. Nan studied mathematics at U.C. Santa Cruz and U.C. Berkeley, working with Fields Medal winner Stephen Smale, and was elected President of the Mathematics Graduate Student Association. She has been working in the field of database design and programming for more than 30 years. She works closely with customers to enhance her software’s usability, and trains new users across the country.

Micah Smukler

Micah Smukler

Micah has been active as a tutor and teacher since high school. As an undergraduate, he officially tutored math and physics classes ranging from linear algebra through general relativity, as well as unofficially tutoring anyone who appeared at his doorstep. As a graduate student, he taught for several years at the University of Chicago. Micah was one of the strongest mathematics students at Harvey Mudd College ever, twice receiving an Honorable Mention in the William Lowell Putnam Competition, winning an RIF Prize three times, and the Courtney S. Coleman Prize. In addition to his work on Mathscribe, he answers many math questions at stackexchange.com.

Cody Jorgensen

Cody Jorgensen

Cody taught third and fourth grade for 10 years at Valley View K-8 in Denver, CO. She worked with many ELL students and is dedicated to their cause. She wrote STEM curriculum both as a teacher and a consultant, applied for and received grants for resources and field trips, and coordinated her schools’ gifted and talented program. Cody has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and is currently enrolled in their PhD program, specializing in mathematics education. As an undergraduate there, she worked in the Rocky Mountain - Middle School Math and Science Partnership.

Brett Kuhnert

Brett Kuhnert

Brett comes from a family of elementary and high school teachers. He spent several years designing and implementing health education lessons in rural schools in Morocco, North Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He went on to work for over 7 years at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington D.C. While in D.C., he spent several years volunteering for BrainFood, an innovative after-school program for high school students. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Affairs from the #1-ranked School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Ashley Varela

Ashley Varela

Ashley tutored students in English, philosophy and history while earning her B.A. in two years(!) at Westmont College. During her second year, she also wrote and performed customer outreach for a local internet startup. She later developed marketing and social media programs for several family-owned businesses. Ashley also has extensive experience in sports blogging and copy editing, and her statistical analysis has appeared in USA Today, Baseball Prospectus, Mashable, NBC’s Hardball Talk, and other publications. Ashley loves to help people, and analyze and communicate needs between teachers and her geekier colleagues. She would love to hear about your experience with Mathscribe!

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