Tech Talk

This is my first blog post on technology. This year, my students use Chrome books and my favorite site so far is learning A-Z.com.  I subscribe to two of their components Raz-kids.com and Headsprout. Raz-kids is differentiated for each child in my room, and offers e-books at their reading level. Headsprout is an additional component the which focuses on reading comprehension, which is awesome.  Headsprout is also differentiated based on each child’s current reading level. There is a simple assessment I gave each child at the beginning of the year, that helped me determine where to begin each student. I then entered where each student was, and voila the computer program took care of the rest.  Once a quarter, I make minor adjustments for some students based on their individual reading progress.  The computer adjusts accurately, for most of my students growth.

The site is super child friendly, and my students love it. Typically I give each child about 30 minutes twice a week on the site. It helps all of my students, but it is especially good for my lower readers. It not only helps them with their reading skills, but it engages them and helps make reading fun. Check it out.  If you decide to join, use promo code NB634 and get $5 off for each component you decide to buy.

For other great technology ideas for the classroom, visit the rest of our tech talk blog hop.

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  • Tasia Fields
    December 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Great post! I am so glad you were able to link up! Thanks again!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Tasia, Happy new year! I'm so happy to be a part of your blog hop.

  • Stacie
    December 21, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this! Our second grade team is getting Raz Kids soon but I don't know if they are aware of the Headsprout component. I will be sharing that as soon as we return in January!

    • Michelle
      January 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Hi,

      I'm glad to hear that. You'll love Raz-kids and hopefully you'll be able to access Headsprout as well.