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Anne Wheelock

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Evaluate new math teaching system "Totally Cool Math"
Posted: Nov 26, 1995 6:05 PM
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>Subject: Evaluate new math teaching system "Totally Cool Math"
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>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, To-tally 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 stu-dents 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 fast-paced 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 stu-dents. Totally
>Cool Math is one of the first learning programs to use live action video,
>advanced 3-D 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 at-tached testimonials.
> They are using Totally Cool Math to teach mental math short cuts, as
>class-room warm ups, with Chapter 1 students, and as a tool used by parent
>The complete Totally Cool Math program includes 16 video tapes (approximately
>15-20 min-utes/tape) covering 38 lessons. The lessons are grouped into 4
>modules, Addition, Subtrac-tion, 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
>frac-tions, 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) 529-3465. If you prefer E-mail, send it to
> 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
>Juergen S. Rinnert
>Manufacturers Representative
>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, 6-8th 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
>Sue Bock, 7-9th 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 at-tention.
>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.
>Visual Technologies
>Totally Cool Math. Teachers Package Includes:
>7 16 Videos
>7 38 Lessons 5-6 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 warm-up sessions
>7 Daily or weekly Mental Math teaching series
>7 One-on-one 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 Take-home 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
>Money-Minded Addition Criss-Cross Multiplication
>Addition Part 2 / Subtraction Division
>Sharing For Ease Divide By Multiplying
>Clean Sheet Addition Dividends With End Zeros
>Left-to-Right 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)-529-3465 E-mail

Anne Wheelock
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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