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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact CK-12 Foundation and FlexMath?
How do I obtain technical assistance?
What is FlexMath?
Why FlexMath?
Who provides FlexMath to users?
How can I register and create an account? Is it the same registration process for teachers and students?
What are groups?
How may I create a Group or Group Code?
What if my student does not have an email address? What if we choose not to provide the email address?
How do I join a group after I have registered?
What if I don't know my Group Code?
Can I add FlexMath content to a CK-12 FlexBook®?
How do I customize the calendar?
What is the difference between a Lesson and an Event?
How do I delete, or edit, an Event from my calendar?
What comprises a Lesson?
How do I track a student's progress?
What data supports the effectiveness of FlexMath?
How should teachers use FlexMath?
How should students use FlexMath?
How may I contribute to FlexMath and the CK-12 Foundation?

 

 

How do I contact CK-12 Foundation and FlexMath?
CK-12 Foundation, 3430 W. Bayshore Rd., Suite 101, Palo Alto, CA 94303 USA
Tel: 650.494.1302, Fax: 650.494.1313


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How do I obtain technical assistance?
Please email support@ck12.org.


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What is FlexMath?
FlexMath is an instructional platform featuring lessons intended for whole-class instruction, and practice activities designed for individual exercise of specific math skills.


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Why FlexMath?

FlexMath is a response to the staggeringly low Algebra proficiency rates among California 9th-grade students. Fewer than 20% of these students demonstrated Algebra proficiency. This failure was empirically a direct function of weak number-sense ability.FlexMath targets Algebra skills as well as all of the computation skills from lower grades. Combined, the Algebra and PRIME subjects of FlexMath provide instruction for all Algebra and all number-sense content from grades two through eight.


FlexMath course offerings will expand to include new complete mathematics courses including Geometry, Algebra2, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics over time. We're hard at work on these courses right now.


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Who provides FlexMath to users?
The FlexMath platform is provided by the CK-12 Foundation, an educational non-profit with a mission of developing high-quality, free, and open-source educational materials for all. The CK-12 Foundation is a registered 501c3, and is privately funded. FlexMath is free to all users.


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How can I register and create an account? Is it the same registration process for teachers and students?
The benefits of registering are tremendous-- track your students' work, track your own work.


Go to flexmath.ck12.org, and click "Sign Up" in the right corner of the screen. Complete the form in the dialog box. Register as a student or a teacher. Check the box stating you have read the Terms of Use (hint: be sure to include a number in your password). And click "Sign Up". A notification appears and it states your registration was successful, and NOW you can log in by entering your email address and password.


Students- if you have a Group Code, please include that unique code in your registration process in the box labeled "Group Code". If you have no idea what a group code is don't worry. See "What if I don't know my Group Code" question below.


Teachers- You may create a Group Code later (see below). Please leave the "Group Code" box blank when you register.


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What are groups?
Groups in FlexMath are people who are gathered together. A teacher may create a group of students whose work they wish to monitor.


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How may I create a Group or Group Code?
Teachers may create a Group or Group Code in order to track the progress of students in their group.


To do this, teachers should "Sign In" to their account. Click on your name in the upper right corner of the screen. Select the "Group Management" option. Go to "Create New Group." Here one may create a new group, or come here to join a group. Go to "Create a New Group", name it-- then the system will generate a unique group code. Provide this code to your students so they may join your group. Click the blue "Create" button to create your new group. Teachers may add and delete group members here as well.


A note about Group Codes: the system generates a code comprised of random letters and numbers. A teacher may override the randomly generate code by entering a code of their choosing, as long as it is at least 8 characters long. Codes must be unique- no two groups may contain the same code.


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What if my student does not have an email address? What if we choose not to provide the email address?
No problem. Students may register with a username instead in the form of an email, eg: joe@school.com. This will not affect a teacher's ability to track the students' progress. Given, this may not be a valid email you will not be able to receive some correspondence sent from the system. Don't worry; the important information will always be available via your online account.


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How do I join a group after I have registered?
It is best if students register for an account using the Group Code their teacher provides.


If the student registers without the Group Code, that is not a problem. Students may be added to a group after registration. One would "Sign In" to their account, and click on their name in upper right. Go to "Group Management," and then "Join a Group." Enter the Group Code your teacher provides and click "Join."


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What if I don't know my Group Code?
Students should ask their instructors for the Group Code which their instructors created.
Teachers may create a Group Code using the steps listed above.


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Can I add FlexMath content to a CK-12 FlexBook®?
This is a dream of ours, however at this time one may not transfer information directly from FlexMath to a FlexBook® textbook. One could manually edit their FlexBook® to reflect FlexMath content. We believe dreams are meant to be realized, stay tuned.


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How do I customize the calendar?
One may not edit the default calendar. However, you may edit the calendar that belongs to the group you created.


First, "Sign In." Then click "calendar" on the FlexMath home page. The default calendar appears. On the left, there is a pop-down menu allowing you to select the calendars from the groups you have created. Choose the group whose calendar you wish to edit, and click on "Customize Calendar". Two green boxes appear, and they are labeled "Add Lesson" and "Add Event". Choose one and complete the information in the dialog box, and click "Save."


To add a Lesson from the FlexMath suite to the calendar, select "Add Lesson". Choose a date, subject, and choose from a list of FlexMath lessons. Click "Save" and the lesson will now appear on that group's calendar. Students may go directly to the lesson from the calendar.


One may also edit the calendar by going to the calendar box, clicking the "+" sign which appears in the top left corner of the day/box, and completing the information.


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What is the difference between a Lesson and an Event?
A user defined Event is something one can add to the calendar, eg. "School closed today".

A Lesson on the calendar is tied to the rich content of this powerful tool. By clicking on the Lesson in the calendar, one may go to directly to the lesson.


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How do I delete, or edit, an Event from my calendar?
To delete or edit an event, mouse over that event, and choose "edit" or "remove". If you are editing, be sure to click "Save" before closing the dialog box.


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What comprises a Lesson?
A Lesson is comprised of 7 components:


Introduction, Objective, Launch, Presentation, Exercises, Practice, and Conclusion.


Together, these components form a complete lesson on the topic. In the future, we hope to make these components customizable for teachers.


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How do I track a student's progress?
Once the student is added to your group, you may go to "Dashboard" on the home page and select a Group from the pop-down menu, and then choose a "Unit" and/or "Lesson" and click"Go." Teachers may see all the work their students have completed in this view.


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What data supports the effectiveness of FlexMath?
Since the initial pilot with Leadership Public Schools, with the support of CK-12 Foundation, the FlexMath instructional program has been developed into a full beta release which was further piloted during the 2010-2011 academic year by LPS Richmond, Envision Public Schools, and even a middle school — Sierra Middle School in Riverside Unified school District. August 2011 California Standards Test results revealed that each pilot produced consistent gains for targeted students at levels that placed these schools among the top 100 in the state for 9th- grade Algebra proficiency, and at the absolute top compared to demographically similar schools.


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How should teachers use FlexMath?
Teachers should use FlexMath in whole or in part.


It offers data-driven teaching. Teachers may see indicators of each student's progress. It allows students to own their understanding of the material, as it is on their terms, and they can see the evidence of their effort. This motivates students to push further ahead. A master teacher who knows the learning experience must be customized to each student's needs writes this material. The curriculum is concept-based- each lesson is about an idea, and presents in a form manageable to students. FlexMath allows for manageable Groupwork. Individual groups may move at their own pace. And we have proven results! FlexMath really works…


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How should students use FlexMath?
FlexMath is a dynamic and engaging platform. It offers students flexible learning- at their own pace. It is an excellent resource for homeschools. It includes many visualizations and simulations that are interactive and engaging. A student may track their progress and see how their progress advances.


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How may I contribute to FlexMath and the CK-12 Foundation?
CK-12 Foundation welcomes feedback and contributions from users. If you develop complimentary material for FlexMath, or any of our other resources, please email: support@ck12.org to learn how to share that material with us.


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