Sept. 17, 2015
Imagine walking into a classroom where a second grade student is working on third grade reading comprehension while the classmate next to her brushes up on first grade math skills. Look further and you see 15 students working independently at their own pace while five others meet with their teacher for small group instruction.
Is this level of classroom differentiation possible? It is for Liberty Elementary School, who implemented a data-driven blended learning model using iPads for the 2015-16 school year.
During the school’s Sept. 16 open house event, parents and guardians learned more about eSpark, an app-based program that Liberty’s elementary school teachers use to personalize and individualize learning.
“Education isn’t one size fits all,” Assistant Principal Victoria Curry said. “Not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace. With eSpark, our teachers use iPad technology to provide students with engaging, individualized lessons.”
And the teachers couldn’t be more excited to integrate eSpark’s educational apps into their classrooms.
“What’s special about eSpark is that is it solely made up of apps that have been thoroughly examined and approved by former teachers and are individualized for students’ learning based on NWEA test results,” Mrs. Curry said. “The apps are also selected to maximize student engagement, and students get to rate the apps to give feedback to eSpark.”
Teachers will use eSpark educational apps as a way to supplement their lesson plans. In the classroom, students will log into their eSpark account for 20 minutes at least two times a week to supplement a lesson.
When students log into the eSpark app they are guided through a series of quests – each aligned to a Common Core standard. After learning the new concept via video, students dive into a series of activities, games, videos and/or podcasts that help them practice and reinforce the concept. At the end of the quest students are asked to create a video to answer a specific question about the quest. Each quest includes a pre-quiz and post quiz to measure the students growth and understanding of the material. Teachers can monitor individual student’s progress and identify areas of strength and development.
Click play below to view the eSpark presentation from the Sept. 16 open house event. For more information about eSpark, visit https://esparklearning.com/ or contact your child’s teacher.