How I Use It
This website is great for pre-k and kindergarten students because it includes a variety of interactive activities and content to support young students. Students can follow a learning path, or can benefit from a variety of other unstructured activities. Teachers can monitor student activities.
This website engages students through use of various interactive games and activities pertaining to language, math, the world, art and colors, music and much more. In this program, the student has an avatar, which can be customized. Many activities are game-like, and the program uses extrinsic motivators in the form of tickets, which allow the student to purchase items from virtual stores. With earned tickets, students can shop for their avatar, buy virtual pets, feed fish and more. The classroom area of the program resembles a typical pre-k/kindergarten classroom, and features centers complete with interactive activities. The white board provides access to the student's learning path, providing a more structured form of learning. The Library hosts a variety of ebooks, and the program has settings which can be adjusted. The animations in the ebooks featuring basic letters are helpful in that they draw student attention to letters, while simultaneously sounding out the letters. Other ebooks include optional highlighting, which advances word-by-word, which is beneficial to young students. Teacher support includes curriculum overviews, class and lesson builders, progress tracking, printables, and "how to" videos. Printables are customizable and provide an additional or alternate resources to support teaching and learning. I like this site because they have found a way to create teachable moments at every click of the mouse.