Twice a year, the MathXL® for School product team releases new features based on stated needs of our customers. We announce these new features widely, but in case you missed the notices, here are some of the newer and cooler features from the past few years. As the next set of new features are released, we’ll add them to this page as well.
If you want to see how some of these previously-released features work, check out product tours that review some of the new features. And, as always, you can contact teacher advocates to query people on how they are successfully integrating these new features into their courses. Good luck—and we hope you find some great ideas and solutions here.
|Area||Feature Name||Description||Issue Solved||Click Path||Date Introduced|
|Homework and Test Manager||Instructions for Individual Questions||While creating assignments, teachers will have the option of adding instructions to individual questions, giving students tips or reminders on how to work a particular question.||I want to be able to give advice to students before they start a particular problem.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Add/Remove Content - Preview + Add - Add Instructor Tip||Summer 2009|
|Homework and Test Manager||Ask the Publisher||While reviewing a students' assignment, or when creating an assignment, you can now quickly email the Publisher if you have any questions or comments on that particular problem. The email automatically fills in the information about the text, chapter, section, question, and question iteration you were working on. This information is reviewed and responded to by our content team, usually within 48 hours.||I want to be able to tell Pearson if I find an error with a problem, or have a suggestion for an improvement.||Homework/Test Mgr - Create Assignment - Add/Remove Content - Preview and Add||Summer 2009|
|Homework and Test Manager||Show/Hide Learning Aids||Teachers have the option to show or hide individual learning aids for the entire course (Study Plan and assignments) or to show and hide them for individual tests, quizzes, and homework assignments. For example, teachers can choose to hide Help Me Solve This and View an Example on a homework assignment, or show Textbook pages on a quiz or practice test. Teachers can also choose to show learning aids during review only. For example, a teacher could make Help Me Solve This or View an Example available to students reviewing a test.||I don't want my students to have access to the "Help Me Solve This" button while completing certain homework assignments.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Choose Settings - Presentation Options - Learning Aids||Summer 2008|
|Gradebook||Add Comments during Review||When reviewing a student’s test or homework assignment, a teacher will be able to add question-specific comments for the student. The comment is automatically displayed the first time the student reviews the test or homework assignment and can be accessed on subsequent reviews via a “View Comment” button located above other learning aids.||I want to be able to tell students what they did wrong when I review their tests.||Gradebook - Particular Assignment - Review - Add Comment||Summer 2008|
|Gradebook||Enhanced Email Functionality||You can now email one or more students based on specific criteria such as a certain score for a specific assignment, non-completion of one or more assignments within a given time frame, last login date, category average or overall score.||I want to be able to find and contact students who have not logged into their MathXLforSchool account in the past 5 days.||Gradebook - More Gradebook Tools - Search/Email by Criteria||Summer 2008|
|Gradebook||More Granular Advanced Exports||Student performance on assignments and the Study Plan down to the objective level will be available for export. Teachers who select this new Advanced Export type can choose from a myriad of parameters, including new options such as median score, total time spent per student, and median time spent per chapter. (Median time spent, as well as average time spent, will also be available on Item Analysis pages and exports.)||I want to be able to export my students' grades down to the objective level.||Gradebook - Export Data - Advanced Export||Summer 2007|
|Homework and Test Manager||Question Pooling||When creating tests or quizzes, teachers can select a “pool” of exercises from which one question is drawn. For example, a teacher could select five exercises to create the pool for question 1 on a test. Each student answering question 1 will see one of the five pooled exercises, randomly chosen. Because the values in most exercises are also regenerated each time an exercise is viewed, exercise pools significantly reduce the likelihood that two students will see the same question and values.||I want to further decrease the liklihood that two students will get the same version of a problem on a quiz.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Add/Remove Content - Question Pooling||Summer 2007|
|Gradebook||Drop Lowest Scores||Teachers can choose to drop up to the five lowest scores in each assignment category (homework, tests, quizzes, other). These dropped scores appear grayed out with the label “low score” in the teacher’s gradebook and the student’s results page. Lowest scores are based on student results at the time the scores are dropped.||I want to be able to drop my students' lowest quiz score.||Gradebook - More Gradebook Tools - Drop Lowest Scores||Summer 2007|
|Gradebook||Item Analysis for Individual Students||Teachers can see at a glance how a student performed on an individual assignment by clicking that assignment’s score in the gradebook or choosing Item Analysis from the Action drop-down menu on a student’s results page. Student-level item analysis now includes the number of attempts a student made on each question (for homework) as well as the question order (for tests or quizzes). This data can be easily exported.||I want to see detailed info on each student and each assignment, to see exactly which topics are causing trouble.||Gradebook - Student’s Name - Particular Assignment - Actions - Item Analysis||Summer 2007|
|Homework and Test Manager||Create your own custom exercises||Teachers can create their own exercises—including algorithmic values and answer feedback—using the Custom Question Builder. A library of sample exercises provides an easy starting point for editing and customizing questions that can be saved online for use in tests, quizzes or homework. Or, you can browse your book’s table of contents to copy and edit one of the questions from your book.||I want to write my own problems in MyMathLab.||Homework/Test Manager - Create Assignment - Create Custom Question||Summer 2005|