How we used it:
From the Parent Login, you assign courses to your students. For us, we received UnLock Math UnLock Pre-Algebra so that is the only course we had to choose from. If you have multiple students, then your options there will vary. I wish there was an option to view your child's progress from a parent screen, with out the need to go to the child's screen. I also wish parents had the option to reset areas they feel their child could have performed better, and not have the grade impact the overall score. Sometimes, especially in the world of special needs, our kiddos just blunder through to get finished. It would also be a GREAT asset to have printable worksheets available.
From the Student Login, you have the course work.
When you choose your unit, and click the rocket to unlock it, you are taken to a page that gives you a lot of options. This is where your student will choose what activities they will do for that lesson. For this review, I chose the first option to show you.
Once you choose your lesson option, you are then taken to your video and work. There is a warm up section in the top right corner that I did not include in this screen grab.
I very much like how there is a map of sorts for your student to follow. This was a visual road map to keep Mr. B on task, and is an invaluable tool to help special needs learners to navigate and stay on task with minimal redirection. You first watch the video (after doing your warm up) then you go on to the Practice Problems. Your practice problems are scored after each one, so the student is provided an instant score. You must click next to move on to the next question. If your child needs a break, they can click save and it will save their work.
Don't forget to save your work!
I really like the Self Challenge problems. They are a lot of fun, and are very critical thinking based and thought provoking.
The student area will also provide a grade report. This particular screen snip shows what happens if you merely click submit and not quit and save.
Does UnLock Math Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
There is no timed schedule or anything like that, but you need to complete one section before going on to the next.
2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?
There are no hidden fees, but you are locked into the one specific grade level that you choose for your child. Each child can have their own account that you pay for, but they are locked into their grade. You will cover a year's worth of the grade.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
The videos are short and sweet. They are not long, drawn out, or monotonous at all. They are long enough to cover the given topic, but short enough that Mr. B never lost interest. So that is great for Autism and ADHD. There is variety in the type of assignments online, but I would like to see the addition of worksheets. As of right now, the exams are sort of long in length at around 50 questions for an exam. You CAN save and come back, so keep that in mind. There are plans to go back and remove some of the questions to shorten the length, but that is going to take bit of time. So in the mean time, just plan that factor into your class work.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
UnLock Math does a GREAT job of making sure the math your student is learning is applied in a real work manner. As you can see from the examples I posted above, the questions are questions that can pop up in real life. I really like that!