I love using technology with my students. It makes differentiation so much easier. I can work with students in small groups, and know that the rest of my students are still getting the targeted practice that they need. I can even lock the devices, to make sure students stay in exactly the app I need them in. I LOVE it.
What I don’t love, is figuring out how to pay for my classroom’s online subscriptions. I have three choices – wait for my school to release the funds (this year, they were finally released in December), find a generous parent or parents willing to donate an online subscription (that means they have say, over which subscription you purchase), or pay for exactly what you want out of your own pocket (This becomes very expensive, very quickly). Each of the three options has it’s own obstacles.
In the past, I have envied my colleagues in Kindergarten and First grade, because they are always able to begin the year introducing the curriculum they know they can use all year. They use ABCmouse.com, because it is always free for teachers. I have observed the program in their classrooms and their students are ALWAYS engaged in their quality online learning. Last week, however, I learned that ABCmouse.com has launched their second grade curriculum!!! I have always admired the ABCmouse curriculum, and the fact that the company allows teachers to use it for free with their students. I knew I had to blog about it.
In case you aren’t familiar with ABCmouse.com let me tell you that it is a quality online educational tool. As a teacher you can pick the lessons that you want your class, or individual students to focus on. You can even use it for whole class, or small group lessons. They have a full curriculum for Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and even Art and Music. There are no ads, or outside links that students can click on while using it – so it’s safer than a lot of other free programs. It also does not feel like a free program. You have full access to the curriculum, and your students’ learning. Your students can continue their learning at home, using your links. There is no trial period – it is truly a free resource. I highly recommend it, and I’m extremely happy that I can now use it in my own classroom. Here is a link, so you can open a free teacher account for yourself ABCmouse.com