Here’s a little “Share it Forward” for you…I know it’s not Friday, but what was I thinking making Share it Forward a Friday event? Friday is the day reserved for lounging on the couch contemplating the weekend! No, Share it Forward is much more suited for Sunday afternoons, the day reserved for reading all the piled up posts in my Google Reader! So here it is!
This is a screenshot of my account. I entered myself as a student so I could try it out!
I ran across Ten Marks on Free Technology 4 Teachers a few months ago(if you don’t follow this blog add it to your reader now! I get so many great ideas and resources). I bookmarked it with every intention of trying it out, but of course I got busy and forgot about it. I came across it again a few weeks ago and decided to give it a try. It is a FREE service, which always makes this Nerdy Teacher happy, and after you register as a teacher you can enter your whole class just by using their first names! No email addresses necessary. Big time perk. The site randomly generates a number to go with the students’ first names, I wrote these out on note cards for my forgetful kiddos.
Here’s how it works. The kids log in and choose from grade appropriate “albums” such as ‘Fractions and Decimals’, ‘Number Sense’ or ‘Measurement’. Then they choose a specific “track” or lesson to work on. The track is basically just multiple choice questions related to the topic. The beauty of the site is, if the student doesn’t know how to solve the problem they can choose to “watch a video” of the concept. They can also choose up to 3 hints. This is perfect for your struggling learner and your high achiever, it gives both the support they need.
The other neat thing about this site is that the kids have the freedom to choose what they want to work on, and they don’t have to finish a track or album in order to try a different one. They can do 10 questions in decimals, and then go do 5 questions in measurement. I wasn’t sure how my kids would react to this site because it didn’t have a whole lot of bells and whistles, but they LOVED it! They loved the freedom and were really motivated every time they got a question right! “Miss, I got it!!” rang out through the computer lab, like music to my ears!
Oh, one incentive it does offer, is that when they complete 6 tracks a game is unlocked in the reward zone. So simple, yet so effective! One of my lowest students in math BEGS me to let him go on this program! What?!
- TenMarks automatically sends you a report of usage and how your students are doing each week. This is especially nice for an absent minded teacher like me, I don’t have to remember to check the site. Yes, please.
- You can create “classes” for your students if you teach more than one section, or if you want to use just one account for your grade-level (this is what we did!)
- There are also Album Certificates you can print out as your students finish an album.
- Check out the Teacher Zone where you can access all the videos and resources to use with your class
- Curriculum is linked to state standards
I HIGHLY recommend this site for teachers, or for parents. Go ahead, share it forward!