eSpark individualizes LES instruction

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.

For more information about eSpark, visit
https://www.esparklearning.com/ or contact your child’s teacher.

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