Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Khan Academy

Good Morning! Enjoying a relaxing morning at my parents' house for a family visit. We were watching CBS This Morning and saw an interview with Salmon Kahn about his Khan Academy. It offers online videos of a grand variety of topics so that all students can have a "world class education".

However, it ALSO has benefits for teachers, other than being FREE, it offers detailed profiles on individual students with an at-a-glance tool for seeing every video that that child has viewed and a class summary graph to show progress or need for remediation. The site also offers a vertical continuum of skills so that you can go straight to the topic you need and/or go back to more foundational skills to tackle more difficult skills. Lastly, the site awards "badges" for student mastery of skills.

Students must create their own account and then add the teacher as a "coach". There are several safety features to keep students from posting private information, as well as parent controls. The Khan Academy is working on multiple log-ins from one account, but doesn't have this option available yet. The teacher also creates an account and can then "see" students who have added them as a coach.

This is something I will definitely be using in my classroom for differentiation! It will allow my talented math students to challenge themselves and my need-more-practice students to get more practice and a 2nd teacher, virtually. There is also a free iPad app for Khan Academy.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Common Core Math Games and Resources

Whoo! Another find from Pinterest. Here is a site with games linked to common core standards. While I'm entirely sure that the Expressions part of the math text we adopted several years ago will excellently support the new common core standards, it is always nice to have additional resources for parent volunteer centers or small group remediation games. I also like the list of math read aloud titles. There are also links to free online games that support standards too. It's nice to find so many resources all in one place!