Common Sense Review
Updated November 2014


Boost math skills with personalized learning, targeted lesson support
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Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Many lessons include a comic to engage kids and make math more accessible.
  • Kids can access detailed instruction to help them solve problems.
  • Kids earn coins for completing problems successfully and can use them to unlock other lessons.
The site's adaptive learning program adjusts to kids' skill levels.
The rewards offered could be more kid-friendly and fun.
Bottom Line
With adaptive features and solid support, it's a fantastic tool to support your instruction.
Debbie Gorrell
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The site's design will draw kids in, and the variety of resources (comics, videos, practice problems, real-world problems) will help keep them interested. Better game-like elements and rewards could help improve engagement.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Structured lessons walk kids through content and problems step by step. Instructional support is comprehensive and easily accessible. Better Common Core coverage and integration would be a welcome update.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Detailed videos and example problems support solid lessons. The guide for teachers and students and the knowledge base provide plenty of information for getting started. Step-by-step problem help is easily accessible.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Use KnowRe as a regular supplement to your classroom lessons. Once you've introduced your students to a topic, assign them a relevant KnowRe Lesson. You could easily send the assignment to the entire class, as well as make the videos a required part of the lesson. The more problems your students attempt, the more the site will learn about all of their strengths and weaknesses. Note: KnowRe suggest that teachers let their students work for a couple weeks without assigning any Review activities -- this way the KnowRe platform will have time to build personalized learning profiles that are more accurate.

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What's It Like?

KnowRe is an adaptive learning program that includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 lessons. Many lessons include intro comics that engage kids and make math more meaningful, and all lessons include an instructional video, a set of practice problems, and real-world application problems. Some lessons also feature "Just in Time" video clips, which target specific parts of a lesson. Kids earn coins for correct answers, which they can use to unlock any lessons they wish. Otherwise, kids must successfully complete a lesson to unlock the next one in each chapter. The system identifies each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and supporting videos and step-by-step instructions are easily accessible as kids work through problems.

Teachers can assign work to students in the form of Lessons or Reviews. Teachers can choose to assign Lessons to individual students or to the entire class. Teachers can also choose to include the videos as a mandatory part of the assignment. When teachers assign Reviews, they choose the number of problems for each student and the system automatically chooses the problems based on the student's learning profile. A comprehensive teacher dashboard tracks students' progress and shows which students have mastered specific skills and which students need additional help.   

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Is It Good For Learning?

Overall, KnowRe delivers in-depth math lessons that are easy to find by topic, and each lesson has extensive supporting resources. Beyond the site's comprehensive content, a detailed teacher dashboard tracks progress and allows teachers to create assignments. As students complete lessons and solve problems, the program builds a learning profile unique to each individual, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can use the dashboard to track students’ progress and then assign Reviews to students who need them most. This personalization could be extremely helpful for differentiated instruction, reducing a challenge that teachers often face: the points during a lesson when multiple students have different questions at the same time. In terms of supporting teachers' existing lessons, it's an excellent tool.

The program includes a Common Core map, which lists standards and lessons that cover them, but improved coverage and integration with the standards would help. Also, some more kid-friendly rewards or games with baked-in learning content would be likely to boost engagement. At the time of this review, the Common Core map didn't include alignments for the Algebra 2 lessons.

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