Why I Love @TenMarks Education | Online Math Program for Grades 1-10
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TenMarks is used by 1.5 million students in over 70,000 classrooms in all 50 states! Impressive. I started using TenMarks about a year ago. My husband actually found the site by searching for support for our daughter, Riley. I also noticed a few other respected bloggers featuring the site during this same time. After checking the site out and using it for a while, I began sharing the advantages of this tool with my readers. TenMarks and I have since become partners to spread the word of their product. I’m so happy to have them help to sponsor Kleinspiration. As I’ve stated numerous times before, I don’t allow companies to become sponsors of this site until I’ve used their product and determined that it fits with my teaching style and what I believe my readers may enjoy.
Once you’ve signed up for a free account, you’ll be prompted to add a class. This takes only moments to complete. The directions are straight forward and easy to follow.
Be sure to check your email because they’ll send you a handy notification for your user name and passwords for your students. You can even print letters for the parents!
Before I started adding my students, I couldn’t wait to see what type of curriculum they offered. So, I ventured off for a moment and clicked the Common Core icon. The screen above is what I was able to view next. The standards were easily displayed into ‘topics.’ Once I clicked the plus sign to the left of the topic, the ‘tracks’ appeared.
The ‘tracks’ were the bullet points that specified exactly what to find within each ‘topic,’ or category. I immediately fell in love with the organization of the site.
After I stopped playing around and looking at the topics and tracks within the curriculum, I decided to add my students. This took only seconds to do. I set up one class for second grade. I called it 2012-2013. I just entered their first names. Being an elementary teacher, this was an option. However, I remember when I taught middle school. Having about 130 students would require me to use first and last names which may take a minute or two to set up. You can also set up different classes. So, if you have different sections of math, be sure to set up separate classes for each section. This will make it easier to stay organized and set up assignment tasks for your students.
Once I had my students added, TenMarks prompted me to a tutorial screen. There were a few options to help me out before I began using the site.
They recommended three steps:
1. Distribute student usernames and passwords
They provide you with a link to easily print a PDF of this information (fantastic!)
2. View a brief 60 second video on “Reviewing your Class Curriculum”
3. View a brief 60 second video on “Assigning and Reviewing Work”
Additionally, they provide you with a friendly reminder of your username and password. Be sure to save this information.
On the right side of this screen-shot, you can see a downloadable PDF that is 11 pages in length. The pages contain large font and easy to follow graphics. This is yet another user-friendly tool TenMarks provides new users with to better navigate the site. Though, it isn’t really needed because it’s really easy to figure out. Bonus!
You’ll also notice they’re offering $15 for every friend you have sign up. I haven’t checked in to this feature too much. I’m not exactly sure how it works just yet. However, I’m certain that if you click the link they will provide you with detailed information.
Now that your students are entered into a class, you can begin to add assignments for them to complete. I LOVE this feature because I can give the ‘exact dosage of ingredients’ to the specific student that needs that skill. This part allows for mega easy differentiation.
You can see above that step one allows you to select all (whole class) or individually select certain students. Step two lets you pick out specific albums/topics. You can see that once a topic is selected, the individual tracks will populate in the box to the right. Awesome, right?!?
Teachers can enter due dates for assignments, select the number of problems, and add personal messages in steps three and four.
Yes, there is data, too. The site contains a reports tab to monitor student progress. You can view organized class reports and individual student performance reports. These may be beneficial to show at conferences or child study team meetings. You can view the student’s performance, their assignments completed, and when they last worked.
Most of all, I really appreciate how easy the site is to navigate. I know there are many great sites out there to use, but if they are too challenging, I don’t have time to figure them out. I need the user interface to be simple and aesthetically pleasing – especially if my students will be using the resource. Thankfully, TenMarks excels in both areas!
You won’t believe it’s FREE! Granted, there are premium features that you can opt in to getting, but I’d start with the free version first. Get comfortable with the site and then upgrade if you see a need to do so. Honestly, I think you’ll want to upgrade – but not until later. I recommend giving it a whirl first.
There are so many opportunities available on this free site – you’ll be happy you tried it out. It doesn’t take long to sign up, and it’s really easy to use.
When do you have time to use TenMarks?
I’m often asked by parents what more they can do at home to support their child. I always recommend TenMarks. The feedback I receive from parents is always positive. They love that they can track their child’s progress and see how they’re doing. Students love it because it’s easy to use and doesn’t take too long to complete. You set the pace and the number of problems.
In class, I have TenMarks available if a child finishes early. They like to play on the computer and do the math problems. It’s fun to try and get them all correct. They enjoy the automatic feedback.
When I’m working with small groups, I can also have individuals or partnerships working with the computer while I’m with other learners. I don’t worry too much about the reports and data. I just believe in exposing the kids to different ways to tackle concepts. If they work collaboratively, I don’t get bothered by reports in the student data section. I’m more concerned with the learning than the data. As long as they’re immersed in math, I’m happy. I’ll be able to tell by daily formative assessments whether they’re understanding the material. However, when I know students are working independently on TenMarks, I do glance at their reports occasionally.
My students also have a multi-media class. They visit the lab for digital studies about once a week. In addition to this time, I take them to the computer lab about once a week to work on various sites. Though we work on the computer in class and on the iPads, it’s nice to have a 1:1 environment where we are all working on devices at the same time. We’ve been working on a few different sites like Biblionasium and ABCyaGames. We will start working, independently, on TenMarks when we return from winter break.
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