Independent Student Learning

Digital Content Whiteboard Support

Students use their dry erase markers and white boards to jot down notes and work though problems while they work online. This simple strategy supports students in actually working through problems that they may otherwise try to solve in their heads. It also helps students stay engaged on computers for longer periods of time.

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast I made to further explain this strategy. When my students started using the online math curriculum (Dreambox) early in the year, they were taught to calculate mentally. While this is a great end goal for my students, oftentimes giving them a whiteboard to work their problems out and show their work is just the scaffold they need to feel more successful.
Student Handout
 
 
I give students this "Criteria for Success" to remind them of the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. "Having materials ready" includes having a white board and a dry erase marker.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a screencast I made to further explain this strategy. When my students started using the online math curriculum (Dreambox) early in the year, they were taught to calculate mentally. While this is a great end goal for my students, oftentimes giving them a whiteboard to work their problems out and show their work is just the scaffold they need to feel more successful.
Student Handout
 
 
I give students this "Criteria for Success" to remind them of the behavioral expectations they need to show and the materials they need to bring in order to be successful while on the computers. "Having materials ready" includes having a white board and a dry erase marker.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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Rotational Model with Two Groups

We began to pilot blended learning three years ago starting with K-2. So our 3rd grade students have had three years of blended learning and we have a solidified understanding of what works. At Aspire Titan Academy, we use a rotational model in both math and ELA, which provides students 90 to 120 minutes of individual computer time daily. In both math and ELA, students are divided into two group, each spending half their time in teacher-led instruction and the remainder of working on the computers. While they’re on the computers, students use either DreamBox Learning (math), i-Ready or myON (reading), or an enrichment program, such as a typing software program.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher; various other adults support during specific times (e.g., Blended Learning Coordinator, Special Education Teachers, etc.)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 120 minutes (Reading and Writing Block)

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: MyOn; i-Ready

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Lenovo ThinkPads (1:2 ratio); SMARTboard; Document Camera; iPad (for teacher)

Key Features: station rotation; student agency

 
 
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