9/26/2012 By: MaryAnn Karre
www.espressoeducation.com • Retail Price: A one-building subscription to Espresso costs $1,595, including access from home. Multi-building and multi-year pricing discounts also apply.
Espresso Elementary for Pre-K to grade 5 is a crosscurricular
learning site with a huge library of videos that can
be integrated with interactive activities, games, quizzes, and
a weekly news service, all which can be blended to create
rich lessons based on the Core Curriculum standards.
Quality and Effectiveness: Espresso Elementary provides
a variety of interactive, video-rich, classroom resources. The
resources include more than 1,400 multimedia activities and quizzes,
5,600 video clips, interactive games, and simulations, 4,100 printable
worksheets, a weekly news service, and modules that collect the
resources into subject-specific units. All of the resources are aligned
to state Common Core standards and can be searched by topic or
standard. Lessons can be used independently, combined with other
Espresso resources, or utilized with additional materials to create
units that can be saved, edited, and reused.
Ease of Use: In addition to introductory videos and an ever-present
help button, Espresso offers teacher support in every section. There
are tabs at the top of the page that lead teachers to planning tools, and
the program also offers tables that show modules on specific subjects
and topics. Teachers can
drill down by subject area,
search for specific topics, or
browse by standards from each page. It’s hard to get lost because there
is a breadcrumb trail that allows teachers to backtrack easily. New
features to Espresso include Module Guides, which help teachers
choose appropriate materials quickly and ensure that they will reach
the depth of learning required by state Common Core standards.
Creative Use of Technology: By using the Lesson Planner function,
teachers can set up a variety of classrooms, add students, and assign them
to groups. Students are given an access code, which allows them to work
outside of the classroom and strengthen their home-school connections.
The lesson planner also helps teachers to
collect Espresso pages, bringing together videos,
images, activities, and quizzes to create lessons.
Teachers can then assign those lessons to students
and track each pupil’s progress. They can
differentiate the lessons to meet each student’s
abilities, edit units by changing the sequence of the
pages, and add open-ended, multiple-choice, or
Suitability for Use in a School Environment:
Espresso is designed to be used in classrooms and
libraries from Pre-K to grade 5, although there are more resources
for students in K through grade 3. The materials are so versatile that
they can be used with an interactive whiteboard for a whole class, in
small groups, or by individuals. They can also be accessed from home
for review or homework activities.
• Espresso helps teachers easily create engaging lessons, integrate technology
in a meaningful way, and apply real-world context through videos, news
articles, and other multimedia elements.
• All elements and resources are tied to state standards, including Common Core
• Students can learn with Espresso at their own pace, inside or outside of school,
in large groups, or individually. This program also allows teachers to track
students’ progress. The ease and freedom of Espresso is ideal for flipped
classrooms and differentiated instruction.