is designed to help parents from any economic background who are frustrated when
their children do not understand math. In local school districts and colleges,
itís distributed by publishing giant McGraw Hill Education. Itís also available
directly on the Internet and anyone can subscribe to it. Easily available and
easy to use, ALEKS does not require a fast broadband connection; it works equally
well with common dial-up connections.
How easy was it for your child to grasp the math concepts taught in her school?
(No.)CORRESPONDENT:How did you want to help her?
(Tutor too expensive.)
did ALEKS do for your child?
(identified needs, customized lessons)
this a computer game or a serious educational tool?
easy was it, and how did it help?
designed to make learning fun is available, ALEKS is unique because of its sophisticated
artificial intelligence and its suitability for all age groups, including adults.
The program's artificial intelligence pinpoints a student's current understanding
and determines what the student needs to learn. ALEKS constantly re-evaluates
what the student needs to learn, and offers a precisely targeted selection of
math problems the student is ready to work on. Individual students access their
personal ALEKS at any time from almost any computer connected to the Internet.
Wil Lampros is the president of ALEKS corporation.
Isn't ALEKS just another educational software or edutainment product that families
buy for their computer?
(Not CD, gameware, generic.)
What makes ALEKS a sophisticated product?
SPOKESPERSON: (Developed by scientists, University/NSF project, AI, Knowledge
ALEKS make generic choices, or does it go further when presenting its training
for the user?
(Very specific choices tailored to individual.)
How does it make such detailed choices?
SPOKESPERSON: (Knowledge Space Theory, Artificial Intelligence)
How easy is it to use, and what languages does it use?COMPANY SPOKESPERSON: (simple
interface, low bandwidth, English/Spanish)