One of the biggest questions that I get from both teachers and parents is "How can the student be successful online instead of in person?" I decided to share with you the different tools that I use with my students and thought that maybe you could use them as well.
Before I ever agree to tutor a student, I like to assess exactly where they are in reading, math, and ACT Test Prep. As the student is completing the assessment, I am able to observe their behavior by watching them through the program Zoom. Zoom allows us to feel like we are in the same room.
DORA For Reading
For reading I like to use the DORA assessment from Let's Go Learn. This test assesses a students ability to recognize words, spell words, understand vocabulary, read and comprehend passages at their level and answer comprehension questions. I like this assessment because as students get answer right, the test gets harder but as students get answers wrong the questions get easier.
ADAM-7 For Math
I also like the ADAM-7 which tests math concepts in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. This assessment is also from Let's Go Learn. I like this test because it not only focuses on math concepts by testing how to solve problem but also tests the vocabulary that is associated with each concept. This is good because it creates a deeper meaning with each concept. It is also linked to Khan Academy to review any concept the student struggles with.
Edmodo For ACT Test Prep
Edmodo is a great online tool that educators use in order to communicate with students all over the country. It is a software program that allows teachers and students to download and upload assignments without having to use a lot of paper. The teacher uploads an assignment and the student can view it, work on their computer/ipad/ and upload their answers.
I use Edmodo to test students online for the ACT. I scan a practice test for each student. They can then print the paper off and take the test. After they are done, they can scan the scantron sheet and upload it to Edmodo. As they are online taking the test, I can observe their reaction to the test. Using Edmodo allows the student to access the test at any time to review as needed.
During an online session, I used to use Skype because it was what everybody was used to and recognized. However, I noticed a lot of glitches while I was using this program. A friend of mine mentioned Zoom and how good of a program that was. I would have to agree.
With Skype, you would have to get separate interactive whiteboard to use to write down notes and such. But Zoom comes with an interactive white board. Students can also write on the whiteboard with ease no matter what kind of device they are using. With Skype it was different, because if a student was using a tablet other than an I Pad, every time they changed screens it would kick them off Skype.
Zoom also allows you to share your screen and any person can write on the screen, so if you are doing math problems, you and the student are able to write on the screen to figure it out. I can then see exactly what the student is thinking and stop them in the middle of completing the problem if they are struggling to help them think about what should come next.
Just the other day I was helping a student figure out her thoughts when writing a paper for a homework assignment by helping her with a mind map gathering what she knew and wanted to find out.
Free Online Resources
Khan Academy is a free educational website that teaches various subjects to help students learn several topics. Sal Khan created videos to do the teaching part, and then students can complete problems that go with each skill. It helps to motivate children by telling them when they have done good, and helps them by giving hints of how to figure it out.
CarsonDellosa.com is an online workbook ordering company in which you can try out most of their workbooks for free to see if you want to order them. They have workbooks in reading, math, science and social studies from preschool to high school level.
Mathworksheets4kids.com is another website that has excellent math worksheets for children to figure out the skills. It is a good website to enrich their math skills by giving them more problems to work with.
There are many more resources out there for you to use and explore but these are the ones I use and trust the most. If you have any others that you like please respond below.
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