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I was wondering if anybody has taken the TPS math class?  I am trying to find out how was the tablet and pen...

"TPS requires pen input tablets in all of its math courses, and optionally in other courses. The Intuous Draw is currently the most affordable model in the line, but any of the Intuous models will work. Other companies make acceptable pen tablets as well, with Wacom being the safest choice."

We are used to the paper and pencil and scan the document for grading.  We are looking at the Calc AB course that requires it.  My ds is worried that the Stylus pen will be too bulky and the writing too squiggly.  Any experiences?

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I have no experience with the TPS classes.

But I do own a Wacom tablet.  It did not meet my needs at all.  The stylus tip is thick, which requires that you write using very large letters.  In addition, it is different writing on a slick screen than on paper.   It must be better than "writing" with a mouse, I suppose.

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We have the Wacom tablet. My son also uses the mouse. It is used for interaction during live teaching. TPS is very interactive.

Homework is done on paper at home. 

Exams are taken on paper and scanned/uploaded through StudyPlace.

We are not anywhere near Calculus yet. Precalculus and Honors Alg 1 (TPS )next year for a couple students.

I do know of a rigourous Calc AB course that is live online (another provider) that is scan and upload. PM if interested.

-Rebecca

 

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I have two dc taking math (Alg 2 this year) with TPS.  They don't find the tablet to be cumbersome at all.  For them, it writes very clearly.  Someone on the boards here recommended the felt nibs which they felt wrote better, felt more like a real pen, and also protected the tablet more so I did get those.  As Rebecca said above, the tablet is only used during class.  The homework and tests are done on paper at home.

Hope that helps!

-Lisa

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No experience with TPS-- but I use a Wacom (Intuos CTL 480) with my online classes.  I also prefer the felt nibs (plastic nibs scratch tablet surface and wear down faster for me).

The thickness of the line is dependent on the application.  I write 'thin' most of the time-- no issues.  It feels very similar to a regular pen-- it is not bulky.  It is the same diameter as my Pilot G2 ink pen...

 

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8 hours ago, bibsandmegs said:

I have two dc taking math (Alg 2 this year) with TPS.  They don't find the tablet to be cumbersome at all.  For them, it writes very clearly.  Someone on the boards here recommended the felt nibs which they felt wrote better, felt more like a real pen, and also protected the tablet more so I did get those.  As Rebecca said above, the tablet is only used during class.  The homework and tests are done on paper at home.

Hope that helps!

-Lisa

Could you please share that do students have to scan the practice problems,homework and tests and then they submit them to the teacher? Which textbook's TPS using for Algebra 2? Do students have to do all practice problems or only odd or even problems? How long do Math work take daily for your dd? Are the Math classes also rigorous like TPS English classes? Which Math classes your kids have done at TPS? Elementary or Logic stage? Did you like them? Any pros or cons?

Do you have also any experience with TPS Science or French classes? 

Thanks. 

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Wonderful!  Thank you!  I did sent an e-mail to the teacher and did get the same response, using tablet mostly for classroom purposes.  I have been sending many e-mails to the teachers and chat room and I must they all very responsive pretty quickly.  I had a question on one of the college English class and the teacher thoroughly described her class and the amount of the assignments that was expected for the year.  I am quite impressed with their responses.

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On 2/18/2019 at 12:23 AM, Rosepetal said:

Could you please share that do students have to scan the practice problems,homework and tests and then they submit them to the teacher? Which textbook's TPS using for Algebra 2? Do students have to do all practice problems or only odd or even problems? How long do Math work take daily for your dd? Are the Math classes also rigorous like TPS English classes? Which Math classes your kids have done at TPS? Elementary or Logic stage? Did you like them? Any pros or cons?

Do you have also any experience with TPS Science or French classes? 

Thanks. 

 

They only scan the tests and submit them to the teacher for grading.  Once they've completed the homework, they grade it on their own (the answer key is provided) and then answer a "poll" on whether or not they completed it.  It is basically an honor system.  For Algebra 2, TPS uses a Pearson textbook.  Here's a link to one:  https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/high-school-math-2011-algebra-2-student-edition/306123/?mkwid=sX2e1aPQO|dc&pcrid=70112897472&pkw=&pmt=&plc=&pgrid=21329102112&ptaid=pla-366084668232&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5-K3_PbH4AIVwgOGCh098An9EAQYAiABEgKyT_D_BwE#isbn=0133500438&idiq=9470965

The kids typically do a selection of problems, not all of them, and it is dependent on the assignment which ones they do.  My kids typically spend around an our on math, except on class days since the class is 1 1/2 hours.  This is our first math class with TPS.  In the past, we did Chalkdust math with my husband helping the kids when they needed it.  He's gotten too busy with work to help them, and I don't speak math like he does so we outsourced this year.  The class has been good, and rigorous enough to suit my husband, which says a lot.  He's very picky.

We've taken lots of TPS classes.  My two dc are in Chemistry right now.  We like that class as well.  Honestly, we've really liked all of the TPS classes we've taken, except one.  My older dd who is now in college took Spanish with TPS, but we haven't taken French with them.  She really liked the Spanish class.

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any more questions.

-Lisa

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