Clara Barton Elementary School is moving quickly towards utilizing technology to enhance and extend our curriculum. This month's blog entry will discuss some of the ways in which your child will be using the internet for classroom assignments and academic support, along with ideas for keeping your child safe while working online.
1) TickettoRead.com is an online reading program that can support students of all academic levels. The feedback I've
gotten from my students has been very positive. It makes reading even more fun!
2) AdaptEDmind.com is an online mathematics program, also presented in a fun and interesting way for students.
Students can practice assigned problems and go to an online tutorial should they need it.
3) "Flipping the Classroom" uses the idea that students watch a tutorial, video or other online content before coming
into class. These might be teacher created, on Khan Academy, or YouTube. Teachers can then assess student
knowledge and either provide remediation or extend the lesson into deeper learning. The is primarily being done in
our 4-6 grade classes.
4) Mobile Laptop Labs that allow kids classroom internet use for all types of academic experiences.
As we enter an age where information is at our fingertips, teachers will be creating learning experiences that go far beyond the mastery of facts. Students will need to be critical learners; able to decide the validity of the information they are gathering and using it to extend their thinking. It's quite a paradigm shift for everyone. It is this shift that is addressed in the Common Core Standards being implemented next year in California.
But, as we know, the internet can also be a dangerous place for kids if they are allowed free use of its resources. So, I've included a video presentation in this post demonstrating simple ways home internet use can be made much safer for kids. The bottom line is: know what your children are doing on the internet, and become internet savvy yourselves.
I also ran across a website called "Cocoon for Kids" - this free site allows you to control exactly those websites each child in your home is allowed to visit. I have not personally used this site(my own kids are adults) but have read some great reviews on it. Here is the link for anyone who would like to take a look: https://getcocoon.com/kids