I started using TenMarks a while ago. I fell in love with their site because it met my two critical requirements: free and functional. Simply put, it didn’t cost me a penny, and it was easy to use. Since navigating my way around the site and realizing I would benefit from the upgraded features, I opted to go the premium route. I really benefited from using this site last year.
We do not have a 1:1 classroom. I took my students to the computer lab as often as I could. We usually made it to the lab about 3-5 times a month. Each time we were at the lab, we always visited TenMarks. Each of my students had their own login. This wasn’t confusing for my second graders since I kept their information organized. Each student had an envelope with their name on the front. On the back of the envelope, I wrote the urls for the websites the students were able to visit. Inside the envelope were slips of paper. For the sites that required a login, there were slips of paper inside their envelope with their unique login and password for that particular site.
Students would spend about ten minutes on TenMarks each time we went to the lab. Then, they would visit other sites like ABCyaGames or Biblionasium. Sometimes they collaborated on projects and created products using sites like S’more. However, each time we went to the lab, I was provided with information that would help shape the way I would plan for each child. TenMarks gave me great insight into the needs of my learners.
As a Teacher, I Loved TenMarks Because…
1. There was a free version I could try out. You can click here to sign up and try the free version, too. I appreciated the opportunity to use the site before deciding to upgrade to a premium version. I quickly figured out how valuable the site would be for my students.
2. The scope and sequence was easy to navigate. You’ll love this part, too. Just click here and select your grade level. It’s really cool to see each concept that TenMarks supports. You can really see exactly how this will help your kids.
3. It’s standards aligned. Try it out… click here.
4. As my kids were taking an assessment, they could click for hints. Video tutorials would assist their thinking. The visuals really enhanced their understanding.
5. After I set my kids up (which only took minutes), I could quickly print off parent letters to send home. Each parent received the child’s login information so the kids could practice at home, too. I could assign tasks if I wanted to for the kids to do for additional support.
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