Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math (a.k.a. Jiji) is a game-based instructional software for K-12. It was designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. It incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. ST Math uses visuals that represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. For more information please visit www.mindrrsearch.org/stmath. Our students use ST Math twice a week in our computer lab. ST Math is also a part of our nightly homework.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)? AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and parents feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. When students visit the computer lab they have an opportunity to login into their AR accounts.
- Log-in to your teacher account
- On the Main Categories page, click the folder titled Classes
- In the Classes folder, click the Create a new class icon
- In the Create a New Class page, choose the appropriate options from the drop-down menusand click the Done button
- If necessary, add additional classes using the same method
To review, try this interactive tutorial
I created my classes, now what do I do?
Have your students log-in to ST-Math in your classroom or in a lab setting.
This may be confusing for some students because:
- They are new and have never used ST-Math before
- They used ST-Math last year, but forgot their visual password.
How can I help my students log-in to ST-Math?
- ST-Math students come in 3 categories: New, Continuing, and Transfer (from other districts)
- Students NEW to ST-Math will need to learn a visual password.
- CONTINUING students and Transfer students use the same visual password they learned during the previous school year.
- Click on the JiJi icon to start the program.
- On the JiJi screen, click on the red question mark (?) on the bottom left.
- Click "I'm a student"
- Click "I'm a new student"
- Enter your first name. Click the green arrow.
- Enter your last name. Click the green arrow.
- Select your grade.
- Select your teacher.
- A green frame will appear around your screen.
- Play the Intro to ST-Math game until your teacher can help you.
New Students: For visual directions, click here.
- Click on the JiJi icon to start the program.
- On the JiJi screen, click on JiJi's belly.
- Now, click each of the 13 pictures for your visual password.
- When you finish, a blue frame will appear around your screen.
- Keep playing games until your teacher can help you.
Continuing Students: For visual directions, click here
Some of my students forgot their visual passwords over the summer. They can't log-in. Now, what?If the student already has a JiJi account, but forgot his or her visual password over the summer, you must contact the Mind Research Institute. Ask them to transfer that student to your class. You will need the following information:
- Student’s first and last name
- Student’s previous grade level
- Student’s previous teacher’s name
- New teacher’s name (That’s you.)
My student is "linked" to my class but he forgot his password. What do I do?
It's time for some password re-training.
- (Blue frame)TRANSFER - Student has used ST-Math at a previous school and already has a Visual PW
- To learn how to add Transfer students, click here
What do some other color Status Frames around the student screen mean?
- To maximize achievement, teachers should monitor students while they use ST-Math
- Use the Status Frames as cues to address student issues
Indicates that a student is using another student's password. To resolve, triple-click the bottom right corner, enter teacher username & password, and verify if the student is indeed using the same password as another student.
Indicates that a student is stuck in the current level. To resolve, triple-click the bottom right corner, enter username & password, and use Teacher Mode to assist the student. To learn about Teacher Mode, click here
Indicates that a student needs help. Either a hand on the bottom portion of the screen is raised or the student has continued to struggle on a particular level. By clicking on the raised hand, the screen will return to the normal screen. If the student is struggling, you can triple-click the bottom right corner, enter teacher username and password, and assist the student in "Teacher Mode" or "Test Drive." To access these modes, go to the "Content" folder.
How do students quit the ST-Math program?
- Click on the back arrows until you return to the blue home screen.
- Click the X in the bottom left corner to exit
Visual Directions: Exiting ST-Math
How do I transfer students into or out of my class?
Follow the link below to learn how:
Visual Directions: How to transfer students from one teacher to another
How do I preview (test-drive) games?
- Test-Drive games to familiarize yourself with the program
- Use Test-Drive to help students who are stuck
- Use Test-Drive for whole class or small group instruction - It's fun!
- Test-Driving games on a SMART board is a great class activity
To learn how to test-drive games, follow the link below:
Video: How to test drive the games
Can students use ST-Math at home?
Yes, but their home computers must be activated.
- Computers must meet minimum requirements. To see system requirements, click here
- Students need a site-specific code for home activation.
- Bilingual letters with home activation instructions + code are on the P:\drive
- Contact Michael Canon, Tech Coach if you need help locating home activation codes
How do teachers assign homework?
- Activities completed at school (green) can be redone at home. (No assigning necessary)
- New activities (gray) can only be done at home if they are assigned as homework.
- Assign objectives for homework when the matching math concepts are introduced during the normal course of the year. Do NOT assign all objectives as homework at once.
Follow the link below to learn more:
Visual Directions: How teachers assign homework in ST Math
Can I create accounts for my grand kids or for my own kids who are in a different school district?
No. This violates our site license. Sorry.
How do I keep track of Student Progress?
Run a class level report. Follow the link below to learn how:
Video: How to run a class level report
What should I look for in my class level reports?
To see some common issues, follow the link below:
Video: Diagnosing common issues
Help!!! I teach kindergarten. How do I get started teaching my kids the visual password?
- Believe it or not, kindergarteners can learn the 13-picture visual password, but it will take some patience and preparation by the teacher in order for this to succeed.
To learn how to prepare your kindergarteners for JiJi, follow the link below:
Video: Introducing JiJi to kindergarteners
PDF: Starting up Kindergarten classes
Interactive tutorial: Introducing JiJi to Kindergarteners
My students finished all of the ST-Math objectives for the year. What do they do now?
Challenge games. Follow the link below to learn how:
Visual Directions: Projects for Early Finishers
ST Math Trouble-Shooting Tips
*** By triple-clicking the bottom right corner and entering your teacher username & password, most issues can be resolved ***
If ST Math freezes while playing:
- Try to click the ST Math back arrow (bottom-left) and try the level again. If you restart the program, all current work will be lost.
Internet Connection Issues:
- If an "Interruption in Internet Connection" message appears, check to see if the Ethernet cable is plugged in correctly. Sometimes it takes a few attempts for the internet connection to be enabled.
If an "Activation Code" appears
- Triple-click the bottom right corner of the screen, type in your username & password, and follow the steps on the screen. Click on "agree/yes" if ST Math requests to save local data.
- If the screen stops at "save local data," right-click the mouse and go to "settings." Then move the sliding scale to the far right.