Classcraft is an online platform that is built to help K-12 teachers gamify their classroom in order to increase student engagement and collaboration, as well as build a positive classroom culture. The goal of Classcraft is to transform normal lessons into narrative-based quests where each student has an important role and voice. Read the full review on our Review's page.
Recently, our research team at Indiana University published a study entitled “Design and Implementation of a Structured Academic Controversy for Preservice Teachers in a Computer Education Licensure Program”. The complete study is available for free at that link, but this blog post will summarize the study, as well as offer some additional ideas for 6-12 implementation.
While our study focused specifically on preservice teachers (undergraduate students who are training to become teachers), the approach has also been widely used at the secondary level as well.
It's that time of year again! And as the summer draws to an end, it's time to look forward to some exciting (and free!) edtech tools and resources! This year's collection has a few classics from previous years, and some new additions as well. I hope you find this collection helpful, and best of luck to everyone in the new school year!
If you're interested in checking out the lists from previous years, here they are:
Reviews | eSpark Learning: Online, Differentiated, Standards-Aligned Activities for pK-5 Math & Reading
eSpark is an online learning platform that offers differentiated, standards-aligned, math and reading lessons (or “quests”) for pK-5 students. It can be used on any internet-enabled device, and is great for individual, small group, stations, and whole class instruction. Teachers can sign up for a one-year free trial, and schools/districts can request a price quote based on their size and needs.
At the school/district level, eSpark includes student licenses as well as professional development and on-going support. Continue reading the full review on our Review's Page.
MobyMax is an online suite of learning solutions designed to provide K-8 teachers with CCSS-aligned content, assessments, and activities for all topics and subject areas. Available at the classroom, school, and district level, MobyMax can be used as a supplemental resource or as a more central component of a teacher’s curriculum. It’s an award-winning, research-tested solution that has been on the market for over 8 years.
MobyMax is available on any internet-enabled device and offers a completely personalized learning experience for any student, based on their specific needs and skill gaps. Continue reading.
ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) from McGraw-Hill Education is a research-based, online program that offers a variety of CCSS-aligned 6-12 math curricula. ALEKS is adaptive in nature, and it is designed to provide instruction and guidance at whatever level a student may need.
The development of ALEKS is a result of a multi-million dollar NSF grant, and a partnership between NYU and UC Irvine. ALEKS also offers most topics in Spanish as well as English for ELL students. Focused on supporting the 6-12 space, ALEKS can be used alongside any existing math curriculum to provide additional skill building and practice for students. Continue reading.
Redbird Mathematics from McGraw Hill Education is a K-7 mathematics curriculum that was developed by Stanford University and features adaptive instruction, gamification, and digital project-based learning. The curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to not only understand mathematics skills, but to apply and create using those skills as well.
The curriculum, which is CCSS-aligned, also incorporates STEM projects and career connections to help students better understand how math skills are applicable outside of the classroom.
Redbird Math can be implemented at the individual, small-group, or whole-class level, and is meant to support and supplement what teachers are already doing in their classroom, not to act as a digital instructor or replacement to classroom instruction. Rather, Redbird aims to give students the tools and skills they need through interactive instruction followed by application to engaging, real-world problems. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Redbird Language Arts & Writing from McGraw Hill Education offers a complete, standards-aligned, digital curriculum for ELA students in grades 2-7. The adaptive curriculum provides personalized learning to students, and also includes a writing analysis tool designed by Stanford University that is meant to deliver immediate, error-specific feedback on sentence and paragraph composition. Continue reading the review.
Verso is an online toolkit for best-practice teaching and feedback that offers teachers a collection of high impact teaching strategies, a professional community where colleagues can collaborate and share lessons, and a pedagogically designed student response system where students can provide anonymous feedback to their peers and their teacher.
There’s a lot going on with Verso, but at its core, it’s meant to help improve student engagement, gather student feedback, and improve teacher practices by providing strategies that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Overall, Verso provides personalized professional development (PD) to teachers, and also offers a platform for collaboration and growth. Continue Reading.
Arrive Math Booster from McGraw-Hill Education is a collection of digital mini lessons, hands-on lessons, and physical board games that can be used to help support a teacher’s current math curriculum. It can be used in teacher-led, small-groups, or independent student learning scenarios, and is designed to be implemented across a wide variety of classroom models.
This could include things such as inclusion classrooms, blended learning and personalized learning environments, math workshops, and traditional differentiation situations. Arrive Math Booster is licensed at the student, classroom, or building level and integrates with most common school authentication systems. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
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