The following is a list of resources that include most of the software students are now using to enhance their learning. It also includes some information on the new Smarter Balanced test and some information on the technology used within the school.
Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. Raz-Kids has hundreds of eBooks offered at 27 different levels of reading difficulty.
Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.
Spelling City provides spelling, vocabulary, writing, and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study. The primary focus is on vocabulary, especially the meaning of words used in specific contexts. They offer seven vocabulary games and activities, plus two writing activities, in which students can demonstrate their mastery of the meaning of words by using them in context, writing their own sentences and paragraphs.
The activities to build phonological awareness and phonics skills games that let students see and hear words sounded out, spelled, and used in a sentence.
Typing club is a program that anyone from beginners to veterans can use to improve their typing. With the state tests being solely computer based now, it is important students learn how to type fast so they are not hindered by these computer tests. Typing club offers a variety of lessons and games to help keep kids motivated and involved, and allows kids to keep up with the technology that students will need to be able to use.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Khan academy’s math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They have also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. It is a great resource to use when studying for a test, or to fill in a lesson that has been missed.
Other Academic and Technology Resources
Duolingo is a free language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam. Duolingo offers 54 different language courses across 23 languages; with 28 additional courses in development.
Duolingo provides extensive written lessons and dictation, with speaking practice for more advanced users. It has a gamified skill tree that users can progress through and a vocabulary section where learned words can be practiced.
Users gain "experience points" as they learn a language, such as when they complete a lesson. Skills are considered "learned" when users complete all the lessons associated with the skill. Users win one point for each correct answer, and lose one for each error, and validate the lesson when they reach 10 points. This process keeps students invested and involved in the learning process.
GoGuardian keeps students safe when they're online, helps teachers engage with their students, and provides schools with better control over how their technology is used. GoGuardian allows us to harness the power of the internet for learning, without harmful content or distractions getting in the way. It blocks harmful websites, and allows teachers to monitor and track what a student has done on the Chromebook, and alerts them to unacceptable internet use.
Smarter Balanced Test (The new Californian state test):
The Smarter Balanced Test is very different from the old state tests. The new test has everything done on the computer and students are not only being given multiple choice questions, but short answer response and performance tasks. The following website explains why there is a current shift in education, what will be on these new tests, and what the new results mean. It has a section for students and parents to answer all you questions.