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* The Mailbox Magazine* Super Teacher Worksheets* Brain Pop Jr.
* Osmo Coding
* Did you know...
Out of This World w/ Education Galaxy!
Students are provided with their own log-in and begin by taking a 38-40 question diagnostic test to assess their individual level of understanding. A unique feature is that the test detects if a student is answering too quickly and provides a measure for stopping the behavior. Jenni Campbell stated that "Education Galaxy is a Texas-based company and provides a comprehensive means to assist students with strengthening their skills in reading, math, writing, and science."
Once students complete the diagnostic test, teachers can see how well particular skills were mastered. At future log-ins, students will be given practice that is specific to his or her needs for mastery. As a result, no more boring repetitive practice that can be done with eyes blind-folded and one hand tied behind the back. In addition, if a student misses a question, Immediate feedback is provided in the form of a teacher-led mini instructional video that reteaches that particular skill. And the best part? (for student gratification that is)... the program provides fun games to play as skills are mastered. It's a dangling carrot that creates an enjoyable learning environment for the student! http://educationgalaxy.com/
As a follow-up, you will receive a campus-wide email for the username and password for all three of these programs.
Osmo-- Legos for Coding
According to Brook, "Osmo provides hands-on problem solving, monitors student progress, and moves to more advanced levels as the student is ready." It provides a more three dimensional way of teaching the coding process than simply using the click of a mouse with coding.org, for example. "It can definitely be addictive," she says, "they don't want to stop playing it!" In addition, Brook says she notices how the program emphasizes problem-solving and logical thinking skills as well as helping them see the "big-picture"
The software is an app that can be pushed down to the iPads through HDOT and the hardware consists of a base and a small piece that fits on top and acts as a reflective mirror for the camera. Since the base only fits an iPad without a case, Mark Condron said he is currently working on a way to protect the campus iPads from possible damage while students are using it. https://www.playosmo.com/en/
Did you know.....(helpful bytes of wisdom)
You can also use an open Chrome window to preview multi media files. You can drag and drop picture files (enlarge them even) and listen to music files as quickly as you can make your hands move.
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