The All-In-One Tool You Need for Math Instruction
Summary : SplashLearn: Math & Reading - Kids Learning Games
SplashLearn is a digital math curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards that allows users to create classes of students and assign them a variety of assessments and learning opportunities. Users can access SplashLearn via the web, the App Store, or Google Play, and this review will be based on the “Teacher” user for the web version of SplashLearn.
To begin, users must register themselves with SplashLearn by entering in their school affiliation, email, and additional information. Next, users can import their class roster from Google Classroom or Clever. They can also manually enter students by entering the class name and grade level. If manually entering students, users will need to input the students’ names by either typing them directly into the website or uploading a spreadsheet. Once added, users will need to click the “Done” button on the bottom of the screen, and SplashLearn will provide login instructions for students to access the class. Users then click the “Dashboard” button to manage their students.
From the “Dashboard” screen, users are presented with a variety of tabs that include Reports, Assignments, Assessments, and Curriculum. Before exploring the tabs, users can learn about SplashLearn’s different features by clicking the “View All” button on their dashboard to access a variety of short overview videos about its options, functionalities, and tools embedded within the tools.
To begin, users can click the “Assignments” tab, which will open a new screen. They can click the “Create new assignment” button and then select a grade level, standards or milestones, content group, and learning objective. Making these selections will create an assignment. Users can choose to assign it to individual students or the whole class by clicking the corresponding button.
Next, the “Assessment” tab provides users with a variety of evaluations that they can assign to students. Users need only to click on the assignment and then the “confirm” option, and SplashLearn will require all students complete it. Once assigned, users can click the “See Reports” button on the assessment tile to view student progress and scores. When viewing that data, users can toggle between class and student views.
The “Curriculum” tab shows all the topics covered in SplashLearn’s offerings, and users can sort the topics by grade level and content group area. Once users identify the specific topic, they can click the corresponding “Assign” button, and users can assign the topic to individual students or the entire class.
The “Reports” tab provides users with an overview that monitors students’ progress and performance on the content and activities they have been assigned. Users can view the report data by whole class or individual student.
Lastly, from their dashboard, users can click the “Manage Class” to add students, include their parent’s email, and retrieve passwords. They can also click the “Gear” button that allows them to access additional settings, such as giving multiple attempts on problems, making assignments mandatory, and providing notifications to parents’ about their child’s progress.
Instructional Ideas for SplashLearn
- At the beginning of the academic year, teachers can enroll their students in SplashLearn and explain to their students how to login and access the assignments, activities, and assessments. That way, as the school year progresses, teachers can manage their students’ math learning using this tool.
- Before teaching a topic, teachers can use the assessment options in SplashLearn to evaluate students’ levels before providing instruction about a topic. Based on that assessment data, teachers can assign students specific assignments to advance their knowledge base. Teachers can then measure student progress using the reports option and provide additional instruction as needed. When ready, teachers can re-assign the assessment to measure student learning.
- To help involve parents’ in their child’s learning, teachers can ensure that the parents’ email is included and accurate, so the parents receive notifications and updates about their students’ progress in the class.
- For schools interested in adopting SplashLearn, teachers can create professional learning communities (PLCs) around the tool. To implement a PLC, each teacher can choose a “How To” video for SplashLearn and then present on that video’s topic to the PLC. In that presentation, teachers can be asked to share their dashboard and show how they are implementing the strategies, arrangements, and/or content that is the video’s topic.
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Ratings of SplashLearn
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
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