Show, Practice and Challenge Students in Math With IntelliTools Classroom Suite 4By Laskarzewski, John; Susi, Lauri; Closing the Gap, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 13-16
Publication Date: April/May 2009
Review of the math templates within IntelliTools Classroom Suite 4 (ICS4). The math templates include fluency assessments, early math concepts, whole number operations, place value, money, fractions, and decimals. The templates are designed based on an instructional method that follows a concrete-to-representational-to-abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction. A feature new to version 4 allows the teacher to create “units” which sequence activities so that the student progresses from one activity to another based on targeted levels of performance. Teachers can also create lessons and activities using the toolbars in the Math Tools feature for either group or individual instruction. The management component of ICS4 allows teachers to monitor student performance using its reporting features, either by creating a report to show each answer or to show the percentage of correct responses. In addition, the teacher can view the entire class performance of a unit in one report, allowing comparison of individuals in relation to the class. All activities in ICS4 can be accessed using alternate keyboards, such as the IntelliTools Keyboard, switches, or a number of augmentative and alternative communication devices, enabling students with disabilities to work on the same math activities as their peers within inclusive classroom environments.
Published by: Closing the Gap, Inc. (Website:http://www.closingthegap.com)