How I Use It
eSpark is even more powerful for distance learning (see "My Take" for more details), but in this section I'll describe one of the ways I use it during in-person class.
In the classroom, I use it for small group work. For example, I have one group on Grade 6 math fractions, another group on Grade 4 fractions, while I work with the rest of the students at the front of the classroom on Grade 5 fractions.
eSpark is adaptive, gives a short pre-assessment every time a student starts a standard, then walks students through two videos and three activities before giving a formative assessment. If students struggle on the formative assessment, it shows on my teacher dashboard so I can offer intervention. And the program lets me see the exact questions the student struggled with.
In these past months during distance learning, eSpark has not only enhanced my class’s remote learning, but it’s also been essential to my students’ learning and to my teaching success.
I believe eSpark is the best online teaching and learning tool for math and language because:
1) it provides differentiated instruction in terms of level (K to Middle School) and types of learning methods (videos, virtual tools, pre/post assessments);
2) eSpark "quests" are based on specific curriculum standards, allowing both the student and the teacher to know the learning objective;
3) the quests are adaptive, so the tasks are at the zone of proximal development (e.g., if the student gets a pre-assessment all correct, then they automatically get moved to a different skill);
4) along with eSpark’s built-in adaptive program, teachers have the option to choose grade levels and standards for a student to work on;
5) teachers can track student progress, and not only see results, but also they have access to the actual question and answer the student struggled with;
6) eSpark provides a comprehensive progress report that is easy to navigate and makes tracking, planning and reporting for teachers very efficient.
eSpark enhances classroom learning and is essential to distance learning success.