Lingo Hut seems like a pretty impressive site for beginning learners of many different languages, including English.
Using a drop-down menu, you can easily select your native language and the language you want to learn, and then progress through a well-designed series of exercises including reading, listening and speaking.
I’m adding it to multiple “The Best…” lists, including:
Tareas Plus has a huge number of instructional videos on math available for viewing, though it doesn’t appear that they have the same kind of follow-up exercises that Khan makes available. The videos seem to be available for free, and you can search for the ones you need. However, many of their video-based “courses” appear to require payment.
I’ll be adding this info to the “Best” list I mentioned in the first line of this post….
Wonderville just became available to the public and lets teachers (or parents) create virtual classrooms (for free) with content and multiple choice questions where children’s progress can be monitored. It’s focusing on K-5 content now.
It looks like it might be one of the better sites of its kind, though it’s perplexing to me why they’d include a YouTube video as a key part of each lesson — since YouTube is blocked by most schools, that means students won’t be able to view them there.
This looks interesting and may have some potential: The National Education Association and Teach Plus have partnered to create a site where teachers can rate the quality of student assessments being used around the country. It seems like a “Rate Your Teacher” site, but, in this case, it’s for student assessments.
I wrote earlier that I thought it may have potential to be very useful. Right now, it seems like most of the assessments being reviewed are typical standardized tests. I’m assuming that most of those aren’t going to be reviewed very positively by teachers, and I’m not sure how useful it is to spend time rating them that way on a website.
However, if the site creates a feature where teachers can start sharing genuinely useful teacher-created student assessments and the process they use (for example, the writing assessment process we use at our schools, along with fluency and cloze assessments), then the site could be incredibly helpful and provide “ammunition” to those of us fighting for alternatives to high-stakes testing.
PBS is airing a special TED Talks Education program on May 7th. It’s an interesting line-up of speakers, and I thought I’d list a few of them along with previous posts in this blog that readers might find helpful:
Today’s New York Times has an op-ed piece from two university educators who have done surveys of immigrant youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s titled Immigrant Kids, Adrift.
The column doesn’t paint a completely negative picture, but it is pretty depressing. Here’s what I think is the worst part:
I’m sure that this is not the case at our school. However, we are also divided into Small Learning Communities, where 300 students and 20 teachers stay together for multiple years.
Do you think this statistic is truly representative of schools generally?