Worthwhile Math Software
Posted October 12, 2013on:
I started teaching yet another course a my high school this year, actually two other courses if you count teaching at the community college. In addition to Physics, AP Calculus, and Robotics & Engineering, I’m also teaching a section of Algebra 2. My fellow math teachers have been using Kuta Software for the past couple of years, but it didn’t have a Calculus module, so I never got to play. When I was assigned Algebra 2, I was given the license codes and found they now have a calculus module as well.
I’ve used other software in the past, but Kuta is just fantastic. I can create a custom worksheet for homework, quizzes, and tutoring in under a minute. Each section of problems has different options. For example, multi-step equations let you decide if there are variables on one or two sides, if they have to distribute once or twice or not at all. Each concept has lots of other specific controls, but you can also just use their Easy, Medium, and Hard problem selection button.
If you have a worksheet or quiz already made, just select a problem, hit the space bar, and the problem changes, but stays within the parameters you set. This is perfect for Standard-Based Grading where you need another quiz. Just open an old one, select each problem and space bar, and you have a brand new quiz. Of course it can also generate multiple versions at once.
I can go on and on. Visit their site at http://www.kutasoftware.com and look at the free worksheets. Then download the 14 day trial and play. I can’t say enough good things about this software. We purchased unlimited 3 or 5 year licenses for Pre-Algebra through Algebra 2, and a single license for Calculus. I wasn’t part of the purchasing, but it seems like there are more purchase options than are shown on the web page.