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ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) from McGraw-Hill Education is a research-based, online program that offers a variety of CCSS-aligned 6-12 math curricula. ALEKS is adaptive in nature, and it is designed to provide instruction and guidance at whatever level a student may need.
The development of ALEKS is a result of a multi-million dollar NSF grant, and a partnership between NYU and UC Irvine. ALEKS also offers most topics in Spanish as well as English for ELL students. Focused on supporting the 6-12 space, ALEKS can be used alongside any existing math curriculum to provide additional skill building and practice for students.
Redbird Mathematics from McGraw Hill Education is a K-7 mathematics curriculum that was developed by Stanford University and features adaptive instruction, gamification, and digital project-based learning. The curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to not only understand mathematics skills, but to apply and create using those skills as well.
The curriculum, which is CCSS-aligned, also incorporates STEM projects and career connections to help students better understand how math skills are applicable outside of the classroom.
Redbird Math can be implemented at the individual, small-group, or whole-class level, and is meant to support and supplement what teachers are already doing in their classroom, not to act as a digital instructor or replacement to classroom instruction. Rather, Redbird aims to give students the tools and skills they need through interactive instruction followed by application to engaging, real-world problems.
Redbird Language Arts & Writing from McGraw Hill Education offers a complete, standards-aligned, digital curriculum for ELA students in grades 2-7. The adaptive curriculum provides personalized learning to students, and also includes a writing analysis tool designed by Stanford University that is meant to deliver immediate, error-specific feedback on sentence and paragraph composition.
Verso is an online toolkit for best-practice teaching and feedback that offers teachers a collection of high impact teaching strategies, a professional community where colleagues can collaborate and share lessons, and a pedagogically designed student response system where students can provide anonymous feedback to their peers and their teacher.
There’s a lot going on with Verso, but at its core, it’s meant to help improve student engagement, gather student feedback, and improve teacher practices by providing strategies that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Overall, Verso provides personalized professional development (PD) to teachers, and also offers a platform for collaboration and growth.
Arrive Math Booster from McGraw-Hill Education is a collection of digital mini lessons, hands-on lessons, and physical board games that can be used to help support a teacher’s current math curriculum. It can be used in teacher-led, small-groups, or independent student learning scenarios, and is designed to be implemented across a wide variety of classroom models.
This could include things such as inclusion classrooms, blended learning and personalized learning environments, math workshops, and traditional differentiation situations. Arrive Math Booster is licensed at the student, classroom, or building level and integrates with most common school authentication systems.
Vivi offers a hardware-enabled SaaS solution that is designed to integrate screen mirroring with video streaming, as well as a variety of other educational features plus digital signage and emergency broadcasting functionality. Vivi is controlled from an easy-to-use app, and is managed at the institutional level (typically district-wide) through an online admin portal.
Waterford UPSTART is an in-home, technology-driven kindergarten readiness program. It is designed to give preschool-aged children individualized instruction in reading, math, and science, with a focus on reading. The program is also meant to be holistic in nature, focusing on these academic areas, but also social-emotional aspects.
Plus, the program provides parental support, and even a graduation ceremony for students. It began in Utah, but they have expanded their offerings across the U.S. through federal and philanthropic funding.
Author: Nikki Navta, VP of K-12 Computer Science at EMC School
A lack of access to computer science (CS) education is causing our students – and the future American workforce – to fall further and further behind. According to recent National Center for Education Statistics, there are 570,926 open computing jobs nationwide and only 49,291 computer science graduates. In years to come, even more jobs, including those that might not obviously require CS skills, will need tech-savvy workers.
TypeTastic offers a series of fun and engaging games to help students learn the basics of typing on both keyboards and tablets. TypeTastic is designed using game-based learning, and every learning activity is built around a game. The TypeTastic School Edition includes a complete K-12 keyboarding curriculum and a suite of teacher tools that help teachers track student progress.
The School Edition also includes over 400 gamified activities, and is ad-free. Students and teachers can also use the free version of TypeTastic, but it will include ads and does not offer the teacher dashboard and analytics.
Part of every educator’s duty is to ensure that learners don’t have access to harmful or explicit material. For as long as the internet has been a part of K-12 education, web content filtering technology has seen use in public schools. In fact, it’s a legal requirement; the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) mandates that schools use content filtering technology in addition to enforcing an internet safety policy and monitoring student activity.