When I saw that Demme Learning’s Math-U-See digital pack was available for review through the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was overjoyed. My son has been struggling a little with MUS Algebra 2 so I was curious to see what the Algebra 2 Digital Pack was all about. I wasn’t sure by the online description if it was going to be more in-depth than what he already had: the physical products of the instruction pack and student pack. I was hoping “other online resources” meant additional instruction of some sort. Unfortunately I was wrong.
Let me say that we LOVE Math-U-See and have used it for YEARS. It is a product I have recommended to others over the years more times than I can count. So, keep that in mind as I share my review of the digital pack. The digital packs are available for Primer through Pre-Calculus and the price increases with the difficulty of the class. The price of the Algebra 2 Digital Pack (that we are reviewing here) is $61 at the time of this review. This gives you one year of online access.
There is only one login. This gives you access to the instruction dvd (online video), teacher book (pdf) and book and test solutions (also pdf). As you can see below you pick your course on the top left, the lesson you want on the top right and the booklet information is available on the right sidebar. Keep in mind there is NO WAY to hide or make unavailable the solutions. (If that is an area of concern for you.)
A definite way this program is helpful is that you can watch it on many different devices instead of having to have some sort of dvd player. [One reviewer mentioned in our review forum that her student used headphones as well – so that is another wonderful option.] You can use an iPhone or a table or a laptop…definitely adds convenience!
Another side note: apparently there are digital manipulatives available for those courses that manipulatives are used. That would be very helpful, I would think. Algebra 2 doesn’t require manipulatives so we have no experience with them…but check out other reviewer posts (link is below) and see what they had to say about them!
In general I was disappointed with what the digital pack was but that is only because we already had everything we needed for MUS Algebra 2 and I was hoping there would be additional helpful teaching tools found in this program. There isn’t. It is the same thing you would get in the physical set.
But remember – WE LOVE MATH-U-SEE and know that many families will find the digital pack to be the perfect fit for their family!
Ways to keep up with Demme Learning:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mathusee @mathusee #mathusee #homeschoolmath #hsreview
Now hop over and read more reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew! (Keep in mind that reviews will be posted any time between 3/7 and 3/9 so make sure to come back and see them all!)
Here’s praying you have fun learning!