Educanon.com is the Bomb
His students grab an iPad, put on their headphones, go to the link, search for the lesson, watch the video and then answer multiple choice questions. The added bonus of instant feedback is a real plus and Mr. Haas can see from his own computer which concept students are missing most frequently and can reteach as needed. "I can get an instant set of classroom grades as well," he said. EduCanon combines audio, visual, and demonstrative teaching styles so students can more easily grasp the lesson. Check it out below!
Ready, Set.... ReadTheory!
Looking for a research-based reading resource that has printables, collects data on your students' progress, is great for new teachers, is customizable for individual student needs, has over 1,000 reading passages in its inventory, can be done at home as well as school, and is absolutely free? Look no farther than ReadTheory.org!
How does it work? Go to ReadTheory.org, register, sign up, and then follow the instructions for inserting all your students quickly into the program. It even has a quick-printable sheets to write your students' usernames and passwords and cut into handy cards. You can create a short cut on your portable devices (or use a trusty desk top computer) and the program handles the rest. After taking a short pretest, the program then starts each student at his or her appropriate level.
According to 4th grade teacher Mrs. Cullen, "This is a great tool for new teachers because it offers so many resources and gives them ideas on teaching and troubleshooting problem areas with their students." Mrs. Cullen has been using ReadTheory for three years and touts its high-interest reading passages that her students ASK to read. "It provides great expository text that illustrates how to write in a clear, concise manner as well." Watch her students use ReadTheory in her classroom below: