5th/ 6th Graders Use Addimals for Fun Practice

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Laurie’s Combined 5th 6th grade class in the Lagunitas School District took time out from preparing for Halloween and spent the afternoon doing the Speed Challenge in Addimal Adventure. Even though the kids are studying multiplication, the Addimal speed challenge was great practice for gaining automaticity, which continues to be a challenge for most in the class. Hannah’s mom brought in three iPads with Addimal Adventure installed, and kids took turns, either working in teams of two or using the iPads on their own. Everyone begged for a chance to play and were reluctant to pass the iPad on to the next recipient. Several came back for a second turn. The kids were highly motivated to fill in the picture at the end and didn’t want to quit until they had the whole picture exposed. While there were comments about beating the cutter being ‘stressful’ – beating the cutter was a challenge they enjoyed. The kids who said, “this is stressful” were the most reluctant to give it up. They want to know when they can get the app for multiplication…

Thank you to Carol Stanger, our first guest blogger, for sharing this story. Check out Carol’s work with Attainment Company on literacy tools for students with special needs. If you have a story to share about using Addimals in your class, please let us know!

Teachley Presents at Thoughtworks’ Ada Lovelace Day

A few weeks ago, I presented at a great event hosted by Thoughtworks honoring Ada Lovelace, who is often considered the first computer programmer. I discussed some reasons why there is often a disconnect between elementary school teachers, who are predominantly women, and technology. But I don’t agree with the blame-the-teacher rhetoric, which is so often the response to this disconnect. I’m much more critical of current educational technology, which is often heavy on Tech, but light on Education. Too often educational technology mimics bad teaching instead of supporting great teaching.
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