A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Visual Math Learning is a math website produced by a math enthusiast who wanted to help middle school math students and early-high school algebra students. It focuses on teaching math through visual examples and games along with audio explanations. The site is supported by a host of ads, some education related, others not. Users might be distracted by the banners and could mistakenly click one and end up on another site.
What's it about?
VISUAL MATH LEARNING's main page asks the question: Do you consider yourself mathematically challenged? Then it promises help for those who do. Click on tabs for Lessons, Practice Exercises, Games, or Links to other math sites. Lessons include basics (numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and more) as well as basic algebra (sets, relations, functions, and equations) and include visual graphics along with written and verbal explanations. Games are very old-school, basic computer games. There's also a section on study skills.
Is it any good?
While there's a lot of good math information on this site, the ads (some education-related, some not) dominate the landscape and are sometimes placed on the site's pages in ways that make them appear to be part of its content. The games look and operate like old-school Internet-based games, with extremely simple graphics and rather annoying sounds, coupled with often complex written directions. Also, many teens will find the visuals outdated, which may get in the way of recognizing the good content.
Still, for middle school students and kids who are struggling with early algebra, this site can offer some help as well as an extensive list of other online math resources that may connect more readily with today's tech-savvy students.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to use online resources as a supplement to classroom learning. Ask your kid: What math concepts are you struggling to understand? Where could you use some help learning math in a more visual way?
Visual Math Learning has an extensive list of links and other resources for more math help. Check out these sites for more help.