Match Next Ed-Tech Recap

Guest Post by Andrew from Match Next

Quick ‘ed-tech’ recap today. For those of you new to this blog, I’ve written a lot about the individual pieces of ed-tech I’ve seen and tested. Today, I’ll briefly describe all the different pieces we’ve got in play here at Match Next, our blended learning pilot.

So what ed-tech are we using now?

Here’s the quick version:

Type Subject Name
Hardware All classes Chromebooks
Hardware Independent Reading Kindles
Software Independent Reading Accelerated Reader
Software ELA Google Docs*
Software ELA Google Forms
Software ELA Flubaroo*
Software Math Anki
Software Math Fraction Planet
Software Math Khan Academy*
Software Math Reflex Math
Software Math TenMarks

*haven’t written about these programs yet, but we've got a few blogs coming down the pipe

How do we use all this stuff?

Chromebooks: We’ve got 59 total Chromebooks for 49 students. The extra 10 laptops are spares in case any of the main computers go down. They live in one of two available laptop carts. 

Kindles: Kids read on the Kindles for an hour every morning during the Independent Reading period. There’s usually around 15-20% of students reading actual paperback books, but we’re totally okay with this so long as they’re reading what they want.

Accelerated Reader: Students take a quiz on the book they’ve read at least once a week. Each quiz takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on
a) how hard the book was
b) how hard the quiz is
c) how much they need to dig through the book to help them select the correct answers.

Google Docs: We’re pretty much on Google Docs every day. We use it mostly in our ELA classes, where Debby (our ELA Director) distributes content relevant to the topics our kids are studying.

Google Forms: We use this at least 1-3 times per week for multiple choice assessments. Super easy and efficient.

Flubaroo: Whenever we use Google Forms for multiple choice sections, we use ‘Flubaroo’ to grade the students’ results. Haven’t blogged about this one yet, though…

Anki: Kids use Anki for the first 8 minutes of math every single day. They use the program to practice math-fact flashcards.

Fraction Planet: This program isn’t a big part of our collection, but kids love it. It gamifies a bunch of math topics - it sort of feels like Angry Birds for math. Kids generally use it during breaks, sometimes during indoor recess, or whenever they finish their class work early and they’ve got some free time.

Khan Academy: Students use this to get a lot of practice on low level math problems. We don’t use it too often, at most about 20 minutes every 1-3 weeks.

Reflex Math: This is easily our best program. We try to get kids using it at least twice a week for 20-30 minutes each session. The program teaches and provides practice of basic math facts.

TenMarks: We have kids use this for about 20-30 minutes every 1-2 weeks. It’s a great resource for giving students high level math problems.


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