Students in my classroom use a variety of online programs to facilitate their learning across subject areas. In addition to providing opportunities to develop reading and mathematical fluencies, technology usage helps students practice their keyboarding and learn how to navigate through the internet.
An important note: Research suggests that students learn more when they are having fun and often become disinterested when learning turns into a chore. I am strongly opposed to using these websites as required work because I want students to look forward to the opportunities when they can use these resources in school. Regardless of technology access, I am a firm believer that the best way for any child to develop a love for learning is for families to encourage and demonstrate good reading habits.
In Math, students can log into IXL Math (https://www.ixl.com/signin/fabiuspompey) to practice their math skills and, if they are feeling bold, preview some of the skills we will be learning later in the year. Students enjoy using IXL, and its format makes it very easy for students to see what concepts they have mastered and what they should still work on. Students also have access to Prodigy (https://www.prodigygame.com/), which is a quest-based game designed for students to practice their Math skills while capturing creatures.
Our longer Writing assignments are going to be completed on GoogleDocs (Sign in at the top right at https://www.google.com/). Students do not have to worry about saving their work or transferring files because everything is saved automatically online. If possible, encourage your child to show you his or her writing pieces.
Another resource that our building recently introduced is Keyboarding Without Tears (https://program.kwtears.com/), a program in which students work their way through game-based instruction while learning how to type more efficiently and practicing their grammatical skills.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to inquire about your child's login information or have any other questions or concerns.