Background Information: Six years ago, when I was a fifth grade teacher in Worthington City Schools, I loved using the program Quia as a way for me to gather quick formative assessment data on my student's progress. I loved the learning games, collaboration tools, and the data that would be collected as the students were learning online. Since then, Quiz has branched off to an online skill based program called. IXL is an easy to use tool for teachers to implement into the classroom as way for students to practice skills. I have always recommendedIXL Math to teachers and school districts but just recently, I have been pushing more IXL ELA into the blended learning classrooms.
Below is an example of an inner city school district using IXL as part of their blended learning program. The teachers are using the program as a way to increase student understanding of objectives in ELA and Math. The teachers have multiple stations that the students must travel through during a two day rotation. This station is a skill driven station that focuses on identifying the nouns. As you watch the video, pay attention to what the student is doing with her left hand. After the video we will discuss why she is counting during a ELA skill based lesson.