Tag Archives: K through 12

FREE Homeschool online planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one

17 Jul


Homeschool Skedtrack is a FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.

The whole system is a personal virtual school that features: •easy record keeping from PK-12 for each student
•worry free data back-up
•access of your virtual school from anywhere around the world
•flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go
•automated display of daily home school activities/lessons per course
•automated tracking of total number of hours/days completed
•scheduling and tracking of field trips
•scheduling vacations and declaring holidays
•a school calendar for each student
•a resource list per course
•tests recording
•automated grade calculation
•report card generation in pdf format
•transcript generation in pdf format ( two columns or by subject )


Gifted children testing – why?

28 Jun

Parents sometimes think they should get their child tested without any clear reason for doing it. What are the reasons for testing a child?
1. To provide details about learning needs, including strengths and weaknesses
2. To help identify a child for a gifted program
3. To discover any learning disabilities requiring intervention
4. To help advocate for appropriate educational accommodations

Source : http://giftedkids.about.com/od/testing/p/testing_basics.htm

Parents of gifted children – All you need ask questions to make them think.

22 Jun

Parents of gifted children often want to know what they can do to nurture the abilities and interests of their kids. What gifted children need is challenge, and those challenges do not always need to come from school or from special materials or programs. When the weather gets warm and the plants are beginning to grow and the insects are starting to populate the backyard again, opportunities to stimulate the minds of gifted children abound.

The main thing parents need to remember is that gifted kids love to think. That means that parents don’t need all the answers; they just need the questions. If you understand the different ways our minds think about things, it’s easy to come up with questions. We tend to classify (put items into groups) and compare and contrast, among other things. All you need to do, then, to help stimulate your child is ask him or her to classify things or compare and contrast them. For example, you can go for a nice walk and as you go, ask your child how the different flowers you see can be grouped together (classifying).

Lots of gifted kids tend to classify things around them constantly, so this is an activity they will enjoy. Some kids will group flowers according to their color — yellow flowers, pink flowers, etc. But others might classify according to the height of the flower or according to the type of petal. You don’t need to do the grouping; you just need to ask the question. The same is true of comparing and contrasting. How are the flowers you see the same? How are they different? You don’t need the answers, but if your child is stimulated enough to want more information than you can provide, plan a trip to the library to check out books!

Source : http://giftedkids.about.com/

Game based learning is future of education

17 Jun

Bill Gates foundation is working with the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington on a free, online game called Refraction. The goal of the game is to rescue animals whose ships are stuck in outer space. The ships require different amounts of fuel, powered by lasers. So the players have to manipulate fractions to split the lasers into the right amount of fuel.

“Imagine if kids poured their time and passion into a video game that taught them math concepts while they barely noticed, because it was so enjoyable,” Gates said during his speech at the ECS national forum.

As students play, their progress is visible to the teacher on his or her computer, allowing the educator to see instantly what concepts students understand.

Teachers have not had these tools before. Fragmented standards that differ from state to state and district to district have made it hard for innovators to design tools to reach a wide market. The common core will help change that.

In the classroom of the not-too-far-off future, kids will have computer devices with phenomenal interactive content. This will allow teachers to do what they call “flip the classroom.” Instead of learning a concept in class and applying it at home, students would learn the concept at home, on video, and apply it in class, where they can get help from the teacher.

When students learn a concept on video, they can take as much time as they need and learn at their own pace. They can pause the video, rewind it, or just listen to it all over again.

Then the students can use class time to do the problems. The teacher sees instantly on the dashboard which kids are getting it, and steps in if someone is stuck. The students move on when they master the material, and not before. This is very different from the old method where every student moves on to the next topic after the test, whether you got an A or a D.

Now we finally have the answer to the old riddle of education – ‘do you teach to the faster kids or the slower kids?’ This technology will let you teach each child. And often, when the so-called ‘slower kids’ are given the time and attention they need to master a core concept, it turns out they accelerate – and they’re faster than anyone thought.

I hope you’ll do all you can to help speed the adoption of new classroom technology. Teachers have waited long enough. Doctors don’t sit alone in their offices trying to find new ways to heal their patients. They’re supported by a huge industry that is constantly working to provide them better tools. Teachers deserve the same kind of support, and the common core state standards create an historic opportunity to make sure they get it.

Source : http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/07/17/bill-gates-why-game-based-learning-is-the-future-of-education/2/

Gifted and talented Children

13 Jun

There are two main parts to defining a talented or gifted student. First, the student must have skills and learning abilities that are far above the average and perform at a higher level than other students her age. Second, the student must actively use these abilities to succeed, or at least have the potential to use these abilities to succeed. Generally, gifted students are recognized more in academic studies, but students may also be gifted or talented in other areas such as art or music.

There are two main strategies to serve gifted children:
1, acceleration : With accelerated curriculum, gifted children can learn at a pace commensurate with their learning ability. This allows them to progress to high-level materials much faster for their age norms or grade levels. The constant challenges not only suit these advanced learners’ intellectual levels, but also keep them motivated.
2, enrichment : Enrichment activities, on the other hand, provide gifted children with opportunities to explore topics and issues from (or beyond) regular curriculum in greater breadth and depth, to engage in independent or collaborative inquiry that cultivates their problem solving abilities, research skills, and creativity, and inspire their desire for excellence.

Programs for gifted children:

(1) within regular classrooms or clusters from one or more grade levels;
(2) during special grouping arrangements within classrooms, across grade levels, or in after-school and out-of-school programs;
(3) in special schools such as magnet schools or high schools that focus on advanced learning opportunities in particular curricular areas; and
(4) through arrangements made for individual students at colleges, summer programs, internship opportunities, or mentorship programs.

Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/gifted-and-talented-education#ixzz2W37tniXl
Source: What Are Gifted and Talented Students? | eHow http://www.ehow.com/info_8115782_gifted-talented-students.html#ixzz2W3DDYexZ

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