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Reviews: Khan Academy K-12 Mathematics

Khan Academy provides supplemental open educational resources to support mathematics instruction in grades K-12. The self-paced is freely available online and addresses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at each grade level. Content is presented through video demonstrations and practice problems. Content is presented in “Missions” organized in terms of CCSS domains for each grade level. Missions are personalized lessons that provide instruction targeted to each student’s learning level.  

khan_academyStudents complete a diagnostic “Mission Warm-up” prior to beginning work. The Warm-up assesses students’ knowledge of the concepts and skills included in the domain.Khan’s adaptive software uses Warm-up results to recommend an individualized pathway through grade-level content. Direct instruction is presented in short video tutorials (i.e., 5 to 20 minutes) that address specific skills or concepts (e.g., linear inequalities). Videos are presented using colorful black and whiteboard demonstrations with voiceover narration.

Instruction includes “Practice Tasks” and “Challenges.” Practice Tasks address a specific skill and include a personalized goal for each student. Goals vary, but most require that students correctly answer five questions in a row. Students earn “Energy Points” and “Badges.” Energy Points are awarded for watching videos, completing practice problems, and for achieving short-term goals (e.g., correctly answering five questions in a row). Badges are awarded for reaching longer-term goals, such as “Achieving mastery in 7 unique skills.”

About Khan Academy*

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. They’ve partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Khan Academy.

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Review: CK-12 Math Concepts

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The CK-12 Foundation’s Math Concepts is a series of comprehensive courses for middle school and high school students that are available free online. CK-12’s open-source digital textbooks, or “FlexBooks,” provide multimodal instruction that integrates textual information, video lectures, and online tools to support different learning styles. The series of Math FlexBooks cover middle school content and high school courses in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus. FlexBooks may be accessed in ePub and Amazon Kindle formats, and may be downloaded as PDFs.

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CK-12’s Math Concepts
presents skill-based instruction. Chapters are organized in terms of key concepts and follow a logical sequence in which content builds across chapters. Each chapter is broken into short sections and includes an interactive outline with links to each section. Each section includes: (1) one or more embedded video tutorials that provide direct instruction in key content, (2) examples that provide step-by-step guidance in solving problems, and (3) sets of independent practice problems that closely mirror examples.

Video tutorials are presented as interactive whiteboard lessons with accompanying narration. Each chapter section includes problem sets that allow students to practice skills covered and each chapter concludes with a brief summary and a set of review problems. CK-12 does not include assessments, answer keys, or rubrics to support the evaluation of student work.

About CK-12*

The CK-12 Foundation was founded with the mission to enable everyone to learn in his or her own way. We pair high quality content with the latest technologies. We equip students, teachers, and parents with everything they need. For free.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from CK-12.

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New Reviews: LearnZillion’s (OER) Mathematics [Grades 2-12]

[Source: LearnZillion]

[Source: LearnZillion]

LearnZillion is an online, open educational resource that provides supplementary mathematics teaching materials for grades 2-12. Resources are free and address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). At each grade level, instruction is presented in short Video Lessons and detailed lesson plans (i.e., Full Lessons) that focus on a particular standard or set of standards. Learning List has recently completed reviews of LearnZillion’s OER math materials.

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Click the image for YouTube video [source: LearnZillion]

Video Lessons are narrated slide shows that focus on particular mathematics concepts and skills (e.g., “Find the volume of 3-dimensional objects”). Lessons begin with a review of what students already know and then provide step-by-step guidance in solving problems, including the use of mathematical tools (e.g., unit cubes) in finding solutions. Some Video Lessons include a “Commentary” video that provides background information about the topic and the approach to instruction for teachers.

Full Lessons are detailed lesson plans centered on slide shows with teaching notes. Slide shows focus on problem-solving and include activities that foster “productive struggle” with concepts. Academic vocabulary is highlighted and instruction encourages students to consider multiple solution paths and share their solution strategies with the class. Full Lessons reference the Mathematical Practice Standards (MPS) addressed in each lesson and lesson plans provide teachers with detailed guidance in incorporating the MPS in instruction.

About LearnZillion*

LearnZillion is dedicated to championing teachers and supporting their ongoing professional development. Teachers develop expertise and insights while working with students, and have exceptional ideas for how to improve classroom learning. However, they have never been able to integrate that expertise into a curriculum that keeps getting better. LearnZillion believes that empowering teachers to collaborate and share best practices creates new possibilities for students, and the profession.

LearnZillion.com offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards. LearnZillion’s premium participatory curriculum platform enables schools and districts to accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core, augment the efficacy of their coaches, create class time capacity to address differentiation needs, and build teacher leaders.

The idea for LearnZillion began at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. where co-founder Eric Westendorf, was principal. After watching 6th grade teacher Andrea Smith teach her students what it meant to divide by fractions, Eric wondered, “could powerful learning experiences be captured so that teachers didn’t have to re-invent the wheel every time they taught a standard?” He decided to find out. Working with Andrea and a few other E.L. Haynes teachers, he created a homemade website that featured screencasts of high quality, Common Core lessons. The website worked. Not only could teachers find examples of high quality lessons, but parents and students also benefited from the explanations. Thanks to a Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant, Eric was able to grow the idea. He teamed up with former classmate and teacher, Alix Guerrier, and together they recruited an initial corps of 20 Dream Team teachers from across the country. The Dream Team grew to 123 the following year. In 2013, 200 teachers from 42 states worked on high quality Common Core lessons. There are now over 10,000 high quality resources on the site, covering grades 2-12 in math and ELA. LearnZillion also launched it’s premium offering to enable states, districts, and schools to provide powerful and invigorating professional development experiences for their own teachers. For more about the founding story, check out this post on their blog, The LearnZillion Insider.

* The content in this section is provided by or adapted from LearnZillion.

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New Reviews: TCEE’s Personal Financial Literacy & More (OER)

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[Source: TCEE]

Texas Economics: Math & Personal Finance is a free set of lesson plans for teaching mathematics and personal financial literacy in grades K-12. Lesson plans reference the relevant Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the National Standards for Personal Finance, National Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Benchmarks, and the National Council on Economics Education Voluntary Standards in Economics. Resources are available for download on the Texas Council on Economic Education website. Learning List has completed reviews for Personal Financial Literacy (Grades 4-6), Personal Financial Literacy – Lessons for Classrooms and After School Programs (Grades 7 & 8) and Texas Economics: Math & Personal Finance (Grades K-3).

Lessons are supplemental and designed to meet the economics strand of the TEKS. At grades K-8, instruction addresses income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Content incorporates age-appropriate children’s literature with plots linked to personal finance (e.g., Curious George Takes a Job) and include activities that address concepts introduced in readings. Each lesson includes rubrics to guide assessment by observing students’ participation in activities and evaluating completed activity sheets.

About TCEE*

[Source: TCEE]

[Source: TCEE]

The Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) has a vision that by working with kindergarten through grade 12 educators, TCEE can establish the seeds of a healthier U. S. economy and personal financial stability.  TCEE’s goal is to provide teachers with hands-on lessons and programs that allow students to practice implementing  real life economic and financial skills, and thus pave the way to a life of economic security and a Smarter Texas. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1969, TCEE has strong program roots throughout the state.

TCEE coordinates programs to provide statewide student activities and teacher staff development with a goal to ultimately reach the 5 million school children of Texas.  TCEE strives to provide free or low cost programs that school districts and teachers can afford in times of significant budget cuts.  Each year TCEE reaches at least 2,000 educators who then impact the learning of 2 million students.

TCEE seeks partnerships to promote its vision that the U. S. become a nation of citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed economic decisions.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from TCEE.

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New Review: State Bar of Texas’ OYEZ, OYEZ, OH YAY! (OER)

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[Source: State Bar of Texas]

The State Bar of Texas’ OYEZ, OYEZ, OH YAY! is a supplemental open-educational resource (OER) that supports social studies instruction for grade 8 and high school students. Instruction focuses on the landmark court decisions that have shaped the nation’s laws and history. The online program provides instructional materials for each of the court cases addressed in the U.S. History TEKS for grade 8 and 11 and U.S. government at grade 12 (e.g., Marbury v. Madison). Learning List has completed reviews of these resources.

Content focuses on civics and the importance of engaged citizenship and the judicial systems at the state and federal levels. Instruction is centered on a short video (about 15 minutes) for each case. Videos include an engaging host who provides the historical context for each case and background information about key figures. Videos contain commentary from university professors, attorneys, historians, and constitutional law experts, as well as illustrations, artwork, and photographs of important events and key figures in each case. Resources include downloadable teaching guides and case summaries, overviews of legal issues, and summaries of court decisions.

About the State Bar of Texas’ LRE Department*

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[Source: State Bar of Texas LRE Dept.]

The State Bar of Texas’ Law-Related Education Department has created Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!, an engaging and interactive site geared toward helping students (and their teachers) explore the court decisions that have helped shape our country and the state of Texas — and, most important, how these decisions have affected our everyday lives. What Does “Oyez, Oyez, Oyez” mean?
“Oyez” is primarily pronounced “o-yay,” although sometimes as “o-yez” or “o-yes.” It is used three times in succession to introduce the opening of a court of law, especially the U.S. Supreme Court. Word origin is Middle English and descends from the Anglo-Norman “oyez,” the plural imperative form of “oyer” (“to hear”). Thus, it means “hear ye” – a common call for silence or attention in medieval England.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from the State Bar of Texas.

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