I have not been a huge fan of Houghton Mifflin math programs in the past, but I am also against these huge, heavy and overly busy algebra books that come to be the first and most lasting impression our students have of what should be a beautiful algebra experience.
That being said, the very idea of have a dynamic algebra app for the iPad or some other tablet seems to me to be a winner. The trick is being able to create an interactive and vibrant app. I wish I could try this one out to see its strengths and dilemmas.
"There's no shortage of difficult news when it comes to California schools. But amidst the budget shortfalls and funding challenges is a tremendous achievement. California students are making history, introducing America to the future of instruction.
Since last September, over 400 eighth grade students have been part of a pilot study, using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's award winning Holt McDougal Algebra 1 core curriculum on an iPad. In Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno and Riverside Unified School Districts, students are learning algebra with the fully interactive HMH FuseTM: Algebra 1 App for iPad."