Battle of the Maths DVD-ROMS

17 Jan

I have always understood the appeal of Maths Watch, it is great for giving to students as an alternative to revision notes and guides. But I have always felt it was a bit rough around the edges. So when I saw the emergence of a CGP alternative MathsTutor I was first in line for a demo.

CGP MathsTutor is similar to Maths watch in that it contains mini video tutorials on each topic. However the tutorials are far more polished than their Maths Watch alternatives. There are a range of interesting graphics which keep you engaged and the explanations are that bit better thought through. In addition to the tutorials there is a worked exam question for each topic, this is really clearly explained and completed by an actual hand which I love. I know this may sound odd but I find it helps students to see problems completed by hand rather than animated or on-screen like in Maths Watch. There are the usual options of ‘higher’ or ‘foundation’ but there is also a ‘basics’ version which is great for very low ability, or to suggest to students at the end of year 9 to get them up to speed quickly for starting year 10.

All in all in the battle of the DVD-ROMS I feel that MathsTutor is the clear victor, you get a lot more for your £3.

More top technology based revision aids for your students:

www.edmodo.co.uk – set up a class and post all of your revision materials on here for students to download, you can also set a poll or quiz for them to complete to get feedback. They can also start discussions and ask you questions. Great!

Mr Buckton’s fantastic youtube channel with excellent video solutions to every past paper question you can imagine– direct your students here for extra support and yourself when you fancy getting someone else to do all the talking! Thank you to Mr Buckton to producing all these, amazing!

Mr Barton has a great section on his website which is devoted to revision notes for students, they are really pupil friendly and another great resource to send your students to.

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4 Responses to “Battle of the Maths DVD-ROMS”

  1. riley_ed January 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    The CGP Maths Tutor looks interesting. Have you got a copy of the CD to test it out? Or are you going on the demo that you linked? It seems they are offering a copy to anyone who’ll blog about it. Certainly looks a little better than Mathswatch.

    Thanks for the link to mrbuckton’s youtube channel too. The list of possibilities with that are endless!

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    • Laura Rees-Hughes January 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      If you ask CGP they will send you a sample of pretty much anything with the view that if you like it you will encourage all your students to get it. Just drop them an email or phone call. I know, mr buckton’s videos are great and all for free too!

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      • ian care (@iancare1) January 20, 2012 at 9:42 am #

        These resources are FANTASTIC! So much better than MathsWatch – I have bougth all 3 and will be pushing them with my Year 10’s and 11’s.

        PS Love the blog. Keep it going!

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