Algebra Nation to offer non-Facebook option for Florida schools
Pasco County high school students have been able to log into Facebook through the district's wi-fi network since classes began in August.
They can thank Algebra Nation, the University of Florida Lastinger Center's video tutorial program aimed at assisting students to prepare for the state algebra end-of-course exam.
Algebra Nation has required Facebook access and accounts for students to take full advantage of its interactive components. (Videos and worksheets have been available regardless.) Wanting students to use the program, the Pasco district stopped blocking Facebook.
But that's soon to change.
"We are building a web-based app and we are hoping to have it done by Oct. 15," Algebra Nation project manager Boaz Dvir told the Gradebook. "That means people will be able to access Algebra Nation without going through Facebook and without having a Facebook login."
The group also is working on integrating the program into district networks so that any teacher can use it in any classroom without social networking.
"It's really cool that some districts have unblocked Facebook because they love Algebra Nation," Dvir said. But the goal is to allow maximum use without compromising school rules.