The Web-based Focus on Individual Needs and Development (FIND) automatically links assessment results to targeted activities in the Classworks K-12 instructional software. It provides educators with a multifaceted approach to gathering student data. It also offers a comprehensive item bank that gives educators the flexibility to design their own tests. Price: Contact company for pricing.Category: assessment
DreamBox Learning K-2 Math is an interactive math curriculum for grades K-2 that is built on a standards-based mathematics curriculum and presented in a fun, adventure-style interactive game. The program presents in-depth math lessons that develop computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving ability. DreamBox analyzes a student's individual responses and dynamically customizes the content and sequence for each child. The program keeps track of the student’s progress and remediates and accelerates the student as needed.Pros: The graphics and audio are attractive enough to hold students’ attention for the intended grade level. The vocabulary is also age-level appropriate. The action on the screen will hold the student’s attention, but does not distract from the lesson. The program readily adapts itself to the individual student’s learning style and pace. The areas covered are based on NCTM standards. Students are given continual positive reinforcement as they move through the tasks. The online dashboard is a great standards-based report card on the students progress through the program. Online support provides teachers and parents with tips on how to transfer math skills to everyday life. Progress emails are automatically sent to parents every time the student uses the program.Cons: The program would benefit from some type of administrative module that handled security and reporting for classroom use.Overall Impression: This is a great example of one of the many Web-based learning tools out there. Because it is Web-based, updates can be done automatically so schools can ensure the curriculum is linked to the latest standards.Retail Price: $12.95 per month per student, volume discounts available
Learning Plans on Demand released new diagnostic assessments that tie directly into embedded tutorials for individualized learning. The tool automates the RTI process from the individual assessments to the generating of the learning plan, and it does so for remediation or accelerated instruction. It includes assessments and tutorials for math, language arts, reading, and science at any grade level from kindergarten to high school exit exams. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: assessment
Powered by My Portfolio, the K-12 safesearch tool netTrekker d.i. now allows educators to create, organize, and share content for standards-based instruction with fellow teachers within their school or district. Educators can scaffold, save, and share digital content, including resources found in netTrekker d.i. and from third parties. They can add content to their portfolios— templates, time-line and famousperson search results, and images— and then, as with a digital file cabinet, create folders to facilitate organizing. Price: $1,730 per school building Category: content development
Supporting English Language Learners in Math Class was developed for mainstream classrooms with one or more ELL students and includes three main components: a DVD of teachers and students in action, a twobook series for grades K-2 and 3-5, and a facilitator’s guide that supports widespread implementation of effective strategies.PROS: The DVD and the books show real teachers interacting with real students. From this the end user will be able to gain insight into how to apply these ideas in his own classroom to help non-English-speaking math students comprehend math concepts.CONS: Other than the DVD, there is not a lot of technology in this product. Most of the information is in the two books included in the box with the DVD.OVERALL EVALUATION: The large amount of information in the books makes this product a good value. The material is explained in such a way that even the educator who is not proficient in math can understand and apply it in his own classroom.www.MathSolutions.comRetail price: $45.95—Joe Huber
Blackboard Connect for Teachers is used as a platform for outreach to parents concerning urgent situations and academic issues regarding their children. Now teachers can harness that same capability to better involve parents in their child’s classroom performance. Using the service, teachers can reach parents wherever they are with phone messages, and parents no longer have to wait for a quarterly report card to discover that they need to intervene in their child’s academic performance or behavior. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: teaching tools
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the six teachers that have been named recipients of the 2016 180 Educator Awards, which recognize teachers who have encouraged struggling students to turn their lives around by helping them develop reading and math skills.