Kahoot! is an awesome tool teachers and students are falling in love with! This game based system motivates our classrooms and is backed by academic research in blended learning. Used as a hybrid of face to face and traditional learning, Kahoot! brings a great learning platform to classrooms that helps educators motivate and involve students in questioning, discussing, and surveying! It is one of the most user friendly platforms I have run across in some time. The snapshots and long term tracking help educators make just in time adjustments in teaching. This is a super digital tool for formative assessment. Kahoot! has also recently released a way for teachers to instantly “kick” inappropriate student nicknames from the lobby screen. Kahoot! is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning environment.…
- Published in Formative Assessment
Newsela: Daily Relevant Nonfiction Texts
Newsela is a free web-based program that offers daily relevant nonfiction news stories for your students. Each article has five adaptable Lexile levels for easy differentiation. Students can read interesting news articles, take quizzes, and monitor their progress. Aligned with Common Core the teacher can drill down to see specific standards each article offers.
The Pro ($) version allows teachers and students to annotate articles to give personalized learning experiences. With a variety of topics teachers can easily differentiate based on students interests as well as reading level. Newsela stands out as an exemplary web tool that offers high interest and relevant news stories and works well for grades 4-12, but I use it for 3rd graders too! Whether you have one classroom computer or thirty, Newsela should and can be easily integrated into your classroom instruction.…
- Published in Digital Reading