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Evaluate new math teaching system "Totally Cool Math"
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Nov 26, 1995 6:05 PM


>ReturnPath: <corelink@mercury.cair.du.edu> >Date: Fri, 24 Nov 1995 12:53:22 0700 >ErrorsTo: craschke@du.edu >ReplyTo: corelink@du.edu >Originator: corelink@mercury.cair.du.edu >Sender: corelink@du.edu >Precedence: junk >From: Prismamktg@aol.com >To: Multiple recipients of list <corelink@du.edu> >Subject: Evaluate new math teaching system "Totally Cool Math" >XListprocessorVersion: 6.0c  ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas > >PRISMA >VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES > >To: Math Teachers and Directors of Math Curriculum/Instruction > >Dear Math Teaching Professional: > >We invite you to review the first two lessons of a new math teaching system >we have called, Totally Cool Math, with no obligation to purchase. We >developed Totally Cool Math for teachers who are continually challenged with >how to make math fun and interesting and keeping their students motivated to >learn. That is a difficult task. Totally Cool Math makes teaching mental >math skills easy and allows your students to master the basic mathematics. > We are convinced that you will like what you see, and will want to purchase >a complete program for your classrooms. > >Students today are growing up in a fastpaced video world. Their visual >expectations are higher than ever and this makes classroom teaching hard. We >know how important it is to have tools that make teaching and learning fun >and easy. Totally Cool Math is designed for you and your students. Totally >Cool Math is one of the first learning programs to use live action video, >advanced 3D animation, music and audio voicetrack technology and video >special effects to teach math. The system draws them into the subjects, and >keeps them there until each lesson is completed. > >Totally Cool Math works for a wide range of students. The difficulty level >gradually increases and so can be used in grades 3 and above. It can also be >used as a remedial tool. It is not meant to be a full curriculum, but rather >used for warm up drills, practices, one on one sessions, or take home work >for students. Totally Cool Math is an incredible effective teaching tool to >help your students learn the mental math skills and shortcuts theyll need to >move ahead in the world. We have received an overwhelming response from >teachers all over the country as reflected in the attached testimonials. > They are using Totally Cool Math to teach mental math short cuts, as >classroom warm ups, with Chapter 1 students, and as a tool used by parent >volunteers. > >The complete Totally Cool Math program includes 16 video tapes (approximately >1520 minutes/tape) covering 38 lessons. The lessons are grouped into 4 >modules, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. The >price of the entire program is $700. If each of the four modules are >purchased separately, they cost $175 each. Additional modules, such as >fractions, are under development and may be introduced next year. Along >with the videos, you also receive 38 sets consisting of 144 pages of >reproducible skill sheets and a teachers guide. > >To receive your free sample copy, please call or write to Prisma Visual >Technologies, c/o Juergen Rinnert 10240 Plumtree Cr. Suite 204, Hales >Corners, WI 53130 (414) 5293465. If you prefer Email, send it to >Prismamktg@aol.com. Provide name, school, delivery address, level of >teaching and telephone number of persons who will evaluate the tape. To >purchase the entire system, please issue your purchase order to the above >address. > >Sincerely, >Juergen S. Rinnert >Manufacturers Representative > > RESPONSES FROM TEACHERS > >It is excellent! This video is just one tool I would not replace for >anything. Itll be great for my chapter one students. I become even more of >a believer after my son used it and improved in math. My son said It will >be the greatest thing in the world if they can put all math on video like >this. He loved the graphics and kept mentioning it over and over again. > The videos definitely have its place both at school and at home. > >Peggy Manger, Title 1 Teacher > >Ive never seen anything teaching mental math on video. The 6 minute lessons >design is very easy to use. The teaching session plus the follow up practices >make a very good warm up activity to teach students mental math. > >Theresa Penick, 68th Grade Math Teacher > >Totally Cool Math helps us with basic computing concepts. Ive been looking >for tools that teach computing concepts and this is the first one that uses >visualization. Im looking forward to trying it out. > >Lori Maltas, 5th Grade Math Teacher > >Totally Cool Math is presented in a way thats very exciting to junior high >students. Most junior high students are very visual today because of the >influence of TV, video games and movies. Also most of them dont find math >interesting. To get their attention, you have to do something that they think >its interesting and exciting. Ill use the videos as daily warm up >activity. > >Sue Bock, 79th Grade Math Teacher > >The way the lessons were designed are very easy to use for teachers and >parents. Students can go back for another time or take it home if they >didnt get it the first time. It is a very exciting tool for teaching math. > >Heidi Burnett, 5th Grade Math Teacher > >The visual concentration will really tie the kids into the production. The >music, graphics, and animation make kids want to get involved. I myself >enjoyed watching it. Itll really get their attention. > >Linda Schoenfelder, 8th Grade Math Teacher > >Totally Cool Math visually breaking down the mental math problems. Students >will have a better concept of what they are really trying to accomplish. It >enables students to get involved instead of being superficial. > >Richard Reed, 8th Grade Math Teacher > >All the teachers mentioned that theyll use the videos as a warm up activity. > It is very easy to use because each lesson is only 6 minutes long and it is >very exciting. > > PRISMA >Visual Technologies > >Totally Cool Math. Teachers Package Includes: > >7 16 Videos >7 38 Lessons 56 minutes each teaching Mental Math Strategies >7 Covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division >7 144 skill sheet masters to use with the lessons >7 Teachers resource handbook with many additional activity ideas. > >Use with Large Groups or Small Groups > >7 Classroom warmup sessions >7 Daily or weekly Mental Math teaching series >7 Oneonone sessions with individual students >7 Small group work with a parent volunteer >7 Enrichment opportunity in the media center >7 Work with resource teachers in the resource room >7 Takehome work for students. > >Lesson Titles > >Addition Multiplication > >Left to Right Addition, Pt 1 & 2 Using End Zeros >Round & Adjust, Pt 1 & 2 Addition Method, Pt 1 & 2 >Break Numbers Up Doubles & Doubling Doubles >Columns  Compatible 10s Multiplying By 11 >Specialized in 5s Subtraction Method >Chains By Steps Factoring Method >Larger Compatibles Halving & Doubling >Ladder Addition  Double Columns Compatible Factors >MoneyMinded Addition CrissCross Multiplication > >Addition Part 2 / Subtraction Division > >Sharing For Ease Divide By Multiplying >Clean Sheet Addition Dividends With End Zeros >LefttoRight Subtraction Dividing By 10, 100, 1000 >Tearing Off Equal Endings Dividing By 5 >Subtracting In Two Steps Dividing By 25 >Sidelining Common Zeros Breaking Up the Dividend >Stepping Up & Down For Ease Short Division >Subtract By Adding Factor & Divide >Subtract by Adding Both Sides > >PRISMA Marketing PRISMA TECHNOLOGIES c/o Juergen Rinnert 10240 Plumtree >Cr. Suite 204 Hales Corners, WI 53130 (414)5293465 Email > Prismamktg@aol.com > > >
Anne Wheelock wheelock@shore.net Boston, Massachusetts, USA



