Online Tutoring

I’m in desperate need of math tutors for my kids. The problem is that we really can’t afford to pay for tutors. Thank goodness for websites like Kahn Academy! Even our homeschool tester recommended Kahn Academy.

While that is great for when you get stuck on a specific issue, we need something that can help us to target where the problems are so we can focus on fixing them. That’s where I’m hoping that Aleks can help. They use artificial intelligence to hone in on the problem areas. This way the student doesn’t waste time in going over concepts that they already understand and have mastered. It’s almost like having an online tutor! Oh, did I forget to mention that all of this can be accessed from any computer? You can get reports on how your student is progressing. They specialize in helping kids in 3rd through 12th grade.

If you are looking for a way to help a child who has math anxiety, then check out www.time4learning. They have lessons that make learning math fun. They have even found a way to include a way for kids to manipulate items for better understanding of math concepts. This is a great way for a visual learner to tackle math! This is also available online from any computer. Time4learning keeps track of each lesson your child does and the scores they make on each quiz. They even have courses for gifted children.

 

Puzzles!

Yesterday, my kids and I went to the thrift store. I needed to find clothes for Fashionista who is outgrowing everything faster than I can find clothes that fit her! While we were there, RoboBoy found a computer they had for sale and starting playing games on it. LOL Leave it to one of my kids to find a way to occupy themselves with tech while in the thrift store!!

ManBoy, who had brought some of his allowance with him, found a handheld Jeopardy game and a 500 piece puzzle. After we had finished all our shopping and errands we ended up at grandma’s while waiting for time to go get MyHero from work. All three of my kids and I were sitting in grandma’s living room floor working on that puzzle! What fun it was working together like that! I told my kids, “Puzzles are really good for your brain!”

This has got me thinking about online puzzle games! Tangrams are a great example of a puzzle type game that is good for our brains. Another one of my favorites is the sliding puzzle. In fact, there are tons of fun brain games on Learning Games For Kids! Be careful though! Once you get started playing these, you may not want to stop!

Tech for Your Spelling Curriculum

I shared a couple posts ago about how the youngest contestant to qualify for the National Spelling Bee uses SpellingCity.com to learn her spelling words. Now I want to tell you a bit about SpellingCity.

It’s an online spelling and vocabulary curriculum that you can tailor to meet the needs of your students. Teachers are able to set up their own spelling lists to coordinate with the material they are teaching their students. There is a section where Premium Members can give assignments to each student and then go back to check their progress and print out records.

One of the highlights of the site is a Teaching Resources section that has recently been revamped. It features Language Arts Lessons, Useful Word Lists which include games to go along with the subject material, articles and other help and information. It’s truly amazing how many games they have here and the range of material they cover!

This is just one of the many crossword puzzles from the High School word lists!

But the big news is that SpellingCity is coming out with two new apps! The first one launched just recently and is available in the Chrome Web Store for use with Chromebooks.

The next, which is currently in beta testing, will be for the iPad. If you would like to get in on the beta testing of this new app, go to this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFFLVklkSDd2bXlZd2JESzQ5eHA2Z2c6MQ  The app is due for release before the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

E3 Conference Reveals New Education Technology!

Our family has a serious video game addiction! I mean SERIOUS! My 14 year old son  and husband have spent the last couple days watching video footage from the latest E3 Conference. If you have no idea what the E3 conference is, then you must not be a serious gamer! LOL Basically E3 is when the gaming industry reveals their new games and technology for the coming year.

I tend to tune most of it out, but couldn’t help watching over hubby’s shoulder when PS3 announced their new Wonderbook technology. This looks totally cool! I couldn’t help imagining all kinds of educational applications that could be implemented using this! While I personally will pass on the “Book of Spells”, I am looking forward to seeing what other “books” come out of this. I’m seeing history coming to life! Astronomy right in our living rooms! A whole new perspective to “hands-on” math!