Frequently Asked Questions
What is ModalMath?
ModalMath is a math practice website designed for students that benefit from instruction in sign language, with or without speech. It is designed so that students can acquire language - written, signed and/or spoken - as they practice math skills at their current level. The name ModalMath comes from the use of four different modalities: sign, speech, text and visuals. It was designed by a teacher for her students, their families and other educators. It is easy to use at home, in the classroom or on the go.
Who is ModalMath for?
ModalMath was created with students, teachers and parents in mind. While it is not a substitute for direct instruction, it serves as a supplemental tool for students to practice what they have learned. While the program was created by a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Modal Math can be used for any student that benefits from practicing their math skills visually or with American Sign Language. Additionally, it is a great way for parents and teachers to provide extra independent practice for students!
Is ModalMath a math curriculum?
ModalMath is not a stand-alone curriculum. While several topics have overview videos, Modal Math is a way to practice math skills at a student's level. It is not a substitute for direct instruction, but a great way to get additional practice of mathematics concepts and skills.
How do I know where to start?
You may choose to start at the beginning of a level or skip around, as needed. While each level has a sequence of learning, it is not necessary to follow the order listed. However, since math concepts build upon one another, it is recommended that a student begins at the beginning of the unit.
How can I track my child's progress?
Each student's progress is tracked in their account in the learning portal. Parents and teachers can view completed quizzes and results by logging into the student's account.
What is Simultaneous Communication?
Simultaneous communication (or SimCom) is a term used in Deaf Education to refer to speaking and signing at the same time. While this method of communication is successful for many, SimCom has some limitations. Similar to the challenge of speaking two languages at the same time, a person may misuse the grammar of either the spoken language or sign language by trying to use simultaneously. The result may be that a child will not receive a strong grammatical model in either language. ModalMath aims to remedy this problem by giving the student access to both spoken language and signed language, separately but at the same time.
What can I do if the videos are too fast (or slow) for my student?
Whether you are viewing the videos on a computer, tablet or phone, all video speeds can be adjusted in the bottom right corner of the video.
What if I find a mistake in the program?
While we take special care to ensure that ModalMath materials are correct, this program was created by a single teacher. We strive to help you and provide you with the best experience possible. Please let us know of any feedback you have by contacting us!
What if I can't find a topic I am looking for?
Each level has a curriculum page that lists the concepts and skills included at the level. These are determined by the Common Core Standards, and in line with what is being taught at that grade level in schools. If you are unable to find a topic or concept that you would like, please submit a request! Our goal is to continuously add to the program in order to best meet your needs.