Clever is excited to announce a partnership with XtraMath, the online application that helps students improve their fluency with basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Traditionally this has been taught with worksheets that require substantial time for preparation and grading, and still leave many students behind. Many of the computer-based programs disappoint teachers due to advertising and distracting animation.
XtraMath offers an alternative: a free, simple, and efficient web-based program that helps students make the transition from manually calculating basic math facts to quickly recalling them. It adapts to the student’s individual ability and provides detailed reports for teachers and parents. Sessions are short, and in a classroom setting the program makes it easy for students to take turns on shared computers or tablets. Students earn certificates of achievement when they reach milestones.
They also offer a low-cost app version of the program for Apple, Android, and Amazon tablets and phones for those who prefer that option. Their home page has several videos explaining the various facets of the program, making it easy to understand and get started.
XtraMath’s strength is its simplicity. It has an uncluttered interface free of advertising, gimmicky graphics, and animation. It features short videos of a friendly teacher named “Mr. C.” who explains activities and motivates students. Otherwise, the program gets out of the way and lets students focus on the math.