Imagine Learning is known for helping students master language and literacy. But many students also struggle with mathematical literacy. By using Imagine Math Facts software, students can now achieve automatic recall of single-digit addition and subtraction facts by the end of second grade and multiplication and division facts by the end of third grade. The result? Math-fact fluency and a greater love for math in general. Now available on PC, Mac, iPad, and Chromebook.
How it works
Imagine Math Facts focuses on four main areas in order to help students succeed...
Automaticity and Fluency
Math fluency = student success
According to the international mathematics advisory boards, math fluency is the number one critical foundation of algebra … yet few curricula are capable of developing it. Teachers know that math facts have to be mastered before students can move on to more complex mathematical concepts.
Imagine Math Facts activities teach students math facts through a series of powerful, engaging activities on multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Students quickly gain automaticity and math fluency along with a new interest in math.
Greater student engagement = more powerful student learning
Today’s students are wired for technology. With that in mind, our game-based math facts software offers teachers a new way to teach math facts in an intensely memorable way. Students are engaged by the game—so engaged that they learn math fluency more quickly. More importantly, they retain those fluency skills.
Core math facts = standards-based skills
As students learn math fluency, Imagine Math Facts continually monitors student growth and progress. Each activity adapts to individual students’ needs and determines which facts need further review. The program dials in the correct level of intervention until students completely master the core standards for math automaticity.
Interactive class reports = helpful teacher data
Teachers in a blended-learning environment need more than just engaged students; they need to know how students are doing on their path toward math fluency. Imagine Math Facts offers interactive progress reports that show individual student growth, improvement, and estimated time to fluency completion. Class, school, and district wide growth is also shown.
After the initial, short assessment, teachers and administrators will know exactly which students are deficient, how far behind they are, which facts need extra practice, and how much usage will be required for these students to achieve fluency.
Pretest Assessment Available Within 10 Minutes of Game Play
A colour-coded chart depicts the specific results of a student's pretest. Progress (mid-term) and post test charts are available by choosing the corresponding tab on the chart.
The semi-circle graph indicates the percentage the student has played through the game. This graph indicates the student has completed approximately 45 percent of the operation.
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Summary: The majority of your students are failing at fluency. Timez Attack
completely overcomes this bottleneck for 95% of students in 1 to 10 hours.
When it comes to statistics, the phrase that always springs to mind is "Lies, damn lies, and statistics." To avoid that tendency, we work hard to be transparent with our research. Our data is astonishingly simple, but it's also just plain astonishing. And game-changing for most educators. We don't need to exaggerate or cherry-pick our results, so please let us know if our efforts to be succinct leave you feeling skeptical in any way. Even better though, put Timez Attack to the test with your own students so you'll have your very own, live data—because you seriously won't believe these results until you see them for yourself, with your very own students.
We partnered with 500 districts across the United States to demonstrate the efficacy of Timez Attack. Each student was given a pre-test that simply asked them each of the multiplication facts, 2 - 12, evaluating their response for speed and accuracy, factoring in the time required for typing. They were then given a matching post-test after completing Timez Attack. Over 500,000 students took the pre-test and then 35,000 of those students were allowed sufficient time to finish the program. A histogram of their 35,000 pre-test (blue) and post-test scores (red) is displayed below. By definition, many of the the 35,000 students who finished Timez Attack were the Fast Finishers, so their pre-test scores were much better than the national average.
However, those 35,000 finishers also included a significant sampling of struggling students. The bottom quartile of the "Finishers" averaged below 25% mastery initially, yet STILL finished with a 94% average, giving a solid understanding of Timez Attack's effectiveness with struggling students. Students who start out lower obviously need more time to finish. But they still walk away fluent--and they do it in record time. (See "It's About Time" below)
We've known for a decade now that Timez Attack always delivers astonishing fluency, so for us the surprising research results came from the larger group--students that started Timez Attack, but didn't have enough time to Finish it. We feel like we know more about fact fluency than anyone has ever known in the history of the world, but we were surprised by how deep the fact fluency problem is.
Finishing vs Improving
Most other programs only track improvement. There's no mention of finishing and little mention of time. This is a critical oversight. First, why would a product settle for "improvement" when complete mastery can be obtained in a matter of hours? As an educational community we need to raise our standards so that we genuinely demand fluency, rather than improvement.
Second, any tool, from flash cards to Flash games can all theoretically deliver fluency eventually. So once we start demanding fluency, the only real differentiator at that point will be time.Schools have so many competing priorities that they run out of time long before students are fluent. Because our high-end gameplay engages so intensely, we can also teach more intensely, delivering complete fluency in just 4 to 5 hours--in 3rd grade! Note very clearly though what a wide range of learning times exist. Some students will be done right off the bat, while some students will linger on for quite a while. Furthermore, as you can see from the difference between 3rd and 5th-grade, the time needed will vary depending on how much instruction students have received prior to Timez Attack.
Because time is so critical, we've released a new version that teaches significantly faster. We will post data on that new version as soon as possible.
Students who finish Timez Attack show near-perfect results, regardless of grade.
Here is a smaller chunk of data broken out by grade so you can see the fluency progression over time:
One surprising finding is that districts generally lack a tool that will time and aggregate a students' mastery of each individual fact. So, although fact fluency is one of the #1 critical needs listed in the Common Core Standards, this is really the first time that districts have been able to assess how they're doing in this area. Previously, most districts believed their students knew much more than just 30% to 50% of their facts. They know full well that students cannot effectively master higher level math concepts without basic fluency, but in general they are unaware how many students know so little.
Key Implementation Finding--Schedule It
Theoretically a deck of flash cards could generate these same results if implemented effectively enough, so ease of implementation is obviously critical. We found that schools need to do 1 simple thing to successfully generate these results--just put it in the schedule. The high-end gaming content and brilliant artificial intelligence should do the rest.
The key paradigm shift is that fact fluency has a discrete finish line. It's not like wondering whether a watermelon is ripe or not. Either a student has mastered all their facts or they haven't. Our program knows exactly how close to that finish line a student is and will not rest until they cross it. Typically that takes 8 hours from start to finish. If a student already knows all their facts, we will graduate them in a maximum of 8 minutes of assessment. Others will need more.
But however much time a student needs, it is vital that they get that time. Otherwise we are forcing them to learn advanced concepts while simultaneously struggling to make basic calculations. The brain can't do both things at the same time. That means we're essentially requiring students to fall further and further behind every year from 4th grade on.
An average 3rd grade teacher will normally spend 30 hours on fluency. We only need 4 - 5, giving teachers back those 30 hours to focus on struggling students or more advanced math. Typically that means 30 minutes per week for 3 to 4 months. That's it. Some will need more time, some will need less. But if we give them that time, put it in the schedule, then all 4th graders will finally know all their facts. They will all get the associated surge of confidence and they will be able to spend the following years learning and progressing, rather than falling further and further behind and getting more and more frustrated.