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lle a, ,:. - February 29, 2012 VOUR COMMUNITV Page 7 m Foster From page 1 based technologies. The website pro- vides practice in math at every grade level. .. Foster had been using IXL as a teaching tool in classrooms since last year, Adams said. The school used IXL's free practice questions to gen- erate problems for classwide partici- pation. Class members would work through the problems together. "In December, we piloted it, with our third-graders using it as a practice opportunity for our kids," Adams said. After Christmas break, Foster licensed it for use with 150 students in grades three through six. It's available for lower grades, but the school hasn't started using it in the first two grades yet. Right now, six teachers are using the programs. The addition of IXL was insti- gated by Foster School, Adams said. "We were having some success with Khan Academy, but we were feeling its limits on elementary (math in- struction)." "It was kind of one of these ex- perimental things," Porter said. "We were looking for some teachers who that were willing to try it out." It wasn't required, and he thanks them for taking on the project. The two online resources pro- vide different benefits, Adams said. "Khan Academy is a combination of teaching videos and practice op- portunities. It is geared more to sec- ondary students, junior high and high school." For the fourth through sixth grade, it provides more limited op- tions, she said. IXL is just practice. It doesn't have the teaching vkieos. If a student misses an answer, they can click On it and see how to do the problem with IXL while Khan Academy gives students a little extra instruction. "IXL is more geared to elemen- tary students," Adams said. Khan Academy is geared more toward the progression of math, starting with the basics and advancing quickly to more advanced math. IXL also ties into students' state standards. Both programs track student achievement as they work through concepts and problems, Adams said. They each have achievement badges and digital prizes as students master skills and grade levels. Those are translated into real certificates for achievement. For example, "When they hit 20 skills, they get a certificate at assem- bly," Adams said. "It seems silly, but they get excited." Even when students struggle, they receive rewards for simply keeping at it, Adams said, and that helps motivate them. Foster is able to use the online programs using a technology grant that has provided it more comput- ers than any of the other District 55 schools, she said. It's easier for Foster to have kids online with the school's mobile laptops. The students can get online at home and work on problems too, Adams said. "Both programs - kids can log into from anywhere." The program corrects each problem instantly, and they can see immediately how they're doing, Ad- ams said. In class, when each student has his or her own specific problems, teachers can see quickly who needs more help. After Adams teaches a lesson, instead of giving students a work- sheet, she gets the computers out. She walks around the classroom, looking over students' shoulders. She still instructs students, but she can do a lot more one-on-one or small group instruction where it is needed. "The Khan Academy itself is just one of those free resources out there that is a great way to get kids to do math," Porter said, and the teach- ers are able to gather some amazing data about their students. The programs seem to be help- ing, Adams said. It's still too soon to evaluate them properly, but "I see signs that it's improving student mo- tivation." She is seeing improvements on students' weekly skill checks, she said, and "kids are much more moti- vated to practice." "It was really cool," said Liz Adams, a fourth-grade student. "It was better than just doing it on our papers. You can focus on getting the prizes, and that's fun. You can do it at home. It's (IXL) one of the best math sites I've been on. It's just re- ally helpful." "It has pretty much all the skills you need to learn," said Kate Hawken, and students can see what will be on the state tests. It'll even show what score a stu- dent would hav.e on the test if it were actually the state test, said Marissa Green, and it tracks the time a stu- dent takes to do the test. "You work harder because you get the prizes," said Torree Hawken. Photo by Scan C. Morgan Katie Adams talks with Foster students as they interact with ixl.com. From left, they are Bill Hawken, second grade; Halley Green, third grade; and Torree Hawken, fourth grade. TOWNi ' Harnbur00er00'00hfr000000 00"or on,on $5"5  k Fri- Sun 6am- 2:30pm V Limit 1 coupon per table It d Coupon required * Expires 3/31/12 " C A F E 1333 Main Street, SweetHome, OR . 541-367-0433 m I l IIl II II II II II III II III IIl II II III I m I J ."   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