I’m so happy you are excited about the upgrades coming to the site this summer! I am, too. With changes come questions, so here are the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.
Why are you upgrading the site?
My goal has always been to support those who need Saxon math teaching in their classroom. While the teaching videos are the foundation of Nicole the Math Lady, it has become apparent that many people simply need more support. A more robust site with online grading, help with math facts, video tutorials and other concept reinforcement will help me support even more people as they work to have well-educated math students.
What additions can I expect with the site upgrade?
Online Grading, Class Chat, an additional Rewards Program and Nicole’s Study Hall (a place for reinforcement helps) will all be part of the upgrade at varying levels. Every level will include the On-Demand Lesson videos, Corny Brain Breaks, and Lesson Practice.
How will online grading work?
- Once your student has completed their videos, they will be able to enter their answers for the practice sets and tests. They will be able to immediately see if they got the answer correct.
- You can choose how many retries (up to 5) that your students get to have on missed problems, and if you’d like them to do all problems, odds or evens.
- Parents/teachers will be emailed a detailed report of how your student(s) did: what they got correct, incorrect and the number of retries used. This will allow you to use your time to help your student where they are struggling rather than spend your precious time checking problems.
- Need reports? Parents/teachers will have access to reports that will give you a snapshot of how your child is doing.
What editions will be included in Online Grading?
For the primary rollout:
- Saxon Math 5/4 (3rd edition)
- Saxon Math 6/5 (3rd edition)
- Saxon Math 7/6 (4th edition)
- Saxon Math 8/7 (3rd edition)
- Algebra 1/2 (3rd edition)
- Algebra 1 (3rd edition)
- Intermediate 4
- Intermediate 5
- Course 1
- Course 2
If your textbook or edition is not on this list, it will not be in the summer release. We will update you in the fall of future release schedules.
Will I need separate subscriptions or users to access grading?
The system will still be simple to use and you will not need multiple subscriptions. Once the upgrade launches, you will have access to tutorial videos to show you how to use online grading with multiple students.
What is Class Chat?
So many people have questions about how you get the answer to certain problems. I don’t want to leave you hanging with those questions so with online grading comes Class Chat. You and your student will have the option to post questions about practice problems that your student might need help on and discuss it with other families in the same grade. You can also permit older students to post questions themselves. Class chat will help promote independence in them as well as free up time for you.
Will the price increase?
Different people need different levels of support, so pricing will be a tiered structure. I remain committed to making fun math learning affordable, so while there will now be some change in prices that reflect different levels of support, you will find the new, robust site quite cost-efficient resource for your math student(s). Of course, if the new resources aren’t something you need, you can choose a basic level of service that is similar to what it is currently in place.
If I’m in the middle of my subscription, what do I need to do?
Nothing. Everyone will get to enjoy a free trial period of 7 days. After that, you’ll be able to decide about which level you’d like to subscribe to moving forward. If you’d like to join a new plan, you just pay the prorated difference for the remainder of your subscription.
When will the site upgrade be available?
In fine-tuning a new website, I have learned not to make promises I can’t keep! So while I don’t have an exact date, I feel confident to say that even those starting back to school in July can expect to have the new resources available before you start your 2020-2021 school year.
Talk to you soon,
Nicole the Math Lady