Product: Pearson digits
http://digitsmath.com Retail price: Student subscription, less than $12 a year,
depending on subscription length. Extension years can be purchased for $7.97 a
By MaryAnn Karre
Pearson’s digits is a comprehensive middle-grades mathcurriculum
program, written to the Common Core State
Standards, that integrates lesson planning, homework management,
intervention, and assessment, all within a userfriendly
design that encourages class collaboration via
Quality and Effectiveness: Pearson uses a studentcentric
approach of integrated assessment, instruction, and
practice, called the InterACTIVE Learning Cycle, to address
students’ needs and offer differentiated study plans, lessons,
and homework that support grade-level proficiency.
Each content-rich lesson has three parts: launch, dynamic
examples, and close and check. Struggling students are
offered support and scaffolding activities, while accelerated
students are challenged to learn beyond the basic gradelevel
material. The program contains a yearlong curriculum
with 15 or more topics per grade level, and six or more lessons
Ease of Use: Lessons flow logically, in English or Spanish,
with or without audio presentation, and with access to
a helpful dictionary so that students can independently
follow from instruction through practice to assessment.
Teacher-support materials accompany each lesson; some
can be edited to support local requirements or to include
additional materials. Homework is personalized and automatically
Creative Use of Technology: The technology allows
digits to deliver a multilayered approach to mathematics
instruction: There is point-of-need intervention to get students
back on track and to prevent on-level students from
falling behind, and scaffolded homework with immediate
feedback and grading to help students monitor their progress.
While some of the assessments are designed to be
printed, most of the resources mesh digitally, providing a
complete instruction-assessment-support-reporting circle.
Because it is Web based, digits provides anytime, anywhere
access to instruction and feedback and extends learning
beyond the classroom.
Designed to be used in a technology-rich middle-grade
environment, digits can enable teachers to easily blend
data-driven instruction, assessment, and intervention
into an effective teaching tool.
¦ Having digits in the classroom is like
having a personalized textbook for each
student that assesses that student’s
progress and addresses his or her
deficiencies, and that extends learning
for the student who excels.
¦ Personalized study plans and homework
assignments provide an effective
¦ digits allows teachers and districts
to adapt to revisions of the Common
Core Standards as they move toward