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Saturday, May 19, 2012

CapJaxMathFax: A Review

Do your kids struggle with memorizing math facts? At our house it is something we practice over and over.  For some it is a breeze, for others...ah, not so much.   I try and use different methods to get those facts to sink in. We recently had the opportunity to review CapJaxMathFax (I know a mouthful right! I just shortened it to JaxFax)

Photobucket What is it?
 CapJaxMathFax is a downloadable math facts program

CapJaxMathFax™ system has controls that allow small-step goal-setting so progress is evident and guaranteed. (from the website)

  • Uses a computer to provide drill and practice so that practice time is not limited by teacher availability. 
  • Automatically generates exercises. Teachers don't prepare quizzes. They merely provide the parameters for them. 
  • Builds exercises for any of the four math tables (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) or any combination of tables. 
  • Guarantees student success by taking small steps through levels of difficulty. 
  • Can focus practice at a single level of difficulty or may review earlier levels. 
  • Randomly generates problems without repetition. 
  • Allows variable numbers of problems in an exercise. 
  • Reduces learner stress by timing facts individually. 
  •  Provides immediate positive feedback for correct answers. 
  • Provides extra reinforcement for fast, correct answers. 
  •  Displays an overall performance report at the conclusion of each exercise. 
  • Prints reports for teacher review and for use as certificates of achievement.
  •  Displays and prints item diagnostic details. 
  • Uses a rating system that allows students to keep personal scores and set goals. 
  • Charts student rating progress graphically. 
  • Maintains a database of student activity over time.
Our experience

If you are looking for a program with bells and whistles, high resolution animation and game-like features, this is not the program.  This is not a bad thing - it focuses on the math facts.  I found the screen to be a little crowded and busy but this didn't seem to bother Eli who was the child I used this program with.  It was simple to download and to use for both teacher and student.  Once I showed him how to use it he was able to work through a session on his own.  He could choose to practice, or to play for a rating where he tried to improve on his current score and reach different levels.

Photobucket The per fact timing is preset at 3 seconds but this can be adjusted in practice mode for up to 10 seconds.  This will help build confidence in a child who may not be very quick to start.  The play for ratings mode is set at 3 seconds and the child is provided with immediate feedback with "super" popping on to the screen when they type in a fact in less than 3 seconds and "right" for a correct answer in more than 3 seconds.

Eli wasn't overly excited about CapJaxMAthFax but he didn't dislike it.  He does not have a very competitive nature so the level achievements were not a big motivator for him.  He did like to see "SUPER" pop up on the screen so that kept him going through the drill.  I have access to this for a few more months so it will be something we will continue to use as we try and get those facts to stick!

Other info:

PhotobucketThe program is compatible with PC and Mac and is currently available for $29.95 and there is also a free trial available.

Check out their site for more information or click here to see what my other crew members thought of this product.

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS crew, I was give free access to this program in exchange for an honest (favourable or otherwise) review. 


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