Geometry Complete Online Course
This course is PC and MAC compatible. iPad and iPhone are soon to follow per Videotext.
The Geometry Program addresses two of the most important aspects of mathematics instruction.
First, the inquiry-based video format contributes to the engaging of students more personally in the concept development process. Through the frequent use of the pause button, you, as the instructor, can virtually require interaction and dialogue on the part of your student. As well, students who work on their own, can simulate having an instructor present by pausing the lesson every time a question is asked, and trying to answer it correctly before continuing. Of course, the student may answer incorrectly, but the narrator will be sure to give the right answer when the play button is pressed to resume the lesson. Right or wrong, however, the student is regularly engaging in analytical and critical thinking, and that is a healthy exercise, in and of itself.
Second, each incremental concept is explored in detail, using no shortcuts, tricks, rules, or formulas, and no step in the process is ignored. As such, the logic and the continuity of the development assure students that they understand completely. Subsequently, learning is more efficient, and all of the required concepts (topics) of the subject can be covered with mastery.
There are 170+ video lessons contained in 8 units. The program covers The Structure of Geometry,Essential Elements (Fundamental Terms & Fundamental Theorems), Simple Closed Plane Curves (Triangles, Other Polygons & Circles), Loci and Constructions, and Trigonometric Relations.
*(VideoText Online comes with no physical books or DVDs, but instead offers access to these materials via the VideoText Online website. $299 pricing reflects licensing for first two students. Addadditional students in your familys household for $49 each.Each student license will last three years from the date it is activated for each individual student (we gladly grant extensions, if necessary), and instructor accounts may also be turned on for a short period by request for SAT/CLEP prep after a student license has expired. Students do not have to be consecutive and the wait time between each activation is unlimited. Online Programs have a full 30-day money back guarantee. Please click here for more information on the online course. )
**Module F is still in production for Geometry and is considered Pre-Ordered in the online course packages. Please note: This module contains Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus and is not needed to complete a Geometry credit.
An Online version of Geometry is now available. Online versions are complete, so you get all modules in one online bundle. These bundles include online access to the videos and a PDF of the "Desk Reference Set" containing the complete worktext, course notes, and solution manual. The Desk Reference set is also available in print either separately or in a package with the online version (#VTGEOM).
After purchase of an online course or the online bundle with print Desk Reference Set, you will receive an email with activation information in 1-2 business days.
This instructional system is the best I've seen for students to learn and grasp algebra and geometry. The computer-generated graphics and animation on the DVDs visually bring home the concepts presented in a way that won't soon be forgotten. It would be difficult for any child to fail using this system. It is systematic, incremental, and reinforced with course notes, exercises, quizzes and tests. The emphasis is on conceptual learning so students will be able to apply their knowledge regardless of problem presentation. Although it is meant to be used along with an instructor, if I had to choose a math curriculum to be used by an independent learner, this would be it, hands-down.
The cornerstone of the program is the video instruction. These presentations are very professionally done. Instruction is clear and audio is excellent. Every presenter speaks distinctly and at a moderate pace. One of the instructors and the author of the program is Tom Clark, a math teacher with 30+ years of experience in the classroom and as a district math supervisor. His expertise at reaching and teaching children really comes through in the presentations. Animated graphics complement the audio, showing step-by-step explanation. It would be very difficult to duplicate this quality on a board with a live presenter, especially in the case of 3-D graphics like conic sections and x, y, z axes. Relationships are arranged, rearranged and moved to a coordinate plane with ease, bringing home the thought process and solution steps in a way that would be difficult to achieve without this technology.
For students who aren't math-oriented, the bite-sized increments of instruction make the learning process easy to digest. In school site trial tests, students in classrooms using the VideoText program easily outscored students using conventional textbook and instructor methods. Another plus is the ability for students to play back previous instruction for review. This eliminates the potential for mistakes made due to misunderstandings or faulty memory. It also saves you, the math teacher, from repeating instruction over and over if a child is having a difficult time assimilating it. Even if you are very math oriented, if you have a student who is not, your teaching may not be reaching your child at a level basic enough for them to comprehend. These courses are great at thoroughly laying a foundation then building carefully upon it.
In this system, students first watch the video (without taking notes - those are provided). While the instructions suggest repeatedly pausing the video to discuss and answer posed questions, I did not find this applicable to many of the lessons I watched. You will probably want to watch the first several presentations along with your student to determine whether this will be a necessary step in your lessons. Videos are 5-10 minutes in length. After watching the video, students review the course notes that summarize and recap the concepts and terminology presented. They then work the exercises in the student worktext. Rather unique to this program is the checking of this work by the student, using the provided solution manual. In this way, the child realizes and corrects his own mistakes, learning the correct procedure to follow. Solutions are shown in detail. If needed, he can review the video also. You gauge the student's performance via quizzes taken at the end of each lesson. An "A" and "B" quiz are provided so that you can review and retest if necessary. Tests (again "A" and "B" forms) are provided for each Unit as well. The instructor's guide contains solutions to all quizzes and tests.
The Algebra course is a complete course containing pre-Algebra instruction and the equivalent of both Algebra 1 and 2; two years of instruction. In fact, Dr. Clark recommends students take a CLEP or college entrance exam upon completing the Algebra course to place out of a college algebra refresher course. The Geometry course includes a significant amount of Trigonometry instruction and may serve as both Geometry and Pre-Calculus courses.
The complete courses consist of 6 modules, A thru F (Geometry Level F is not available separately in DVD format). Each Module consists of one or more Units of instruction, containing various numbers of lessons (about three months worth of course work per module). Modules are contained in separate boxes which contain video lessons on DVD, course notes, student WorkTexts, Solution Manuals, Progress Tests and Instructor's Guides. Additional student materials are also available below for each module or in complete packs.