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New Technology Tools

New Technology Tools
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Good Afternoon Powderhorn Families,
 
In your student’s Friday Folder you should have received information about two technology tools offered to all Powderhorn students. The letters contain the login information for your student(s) to access both programs at home.
 
This year, we will be using Khan Academy to personalize math learning for all students.
 
Khan Academy is a free online resource that allows students to learn anytime, anywhere, with material that is uniquely appropriate for them.  Students can explore new topics and strengthen their skills by doing practice problems and tutorials.  As students learn, their activity feeds into reports that show important information such as strengths and weaknesses in a particular concept.  In using Khan Academy, our teachers will be able to provide a more personalized learning experience for your child. As a parent, you’ll be able to see what your child is working on.
 
All students at Powderhorn also have access to I-Station to support their development as readers. At school, all students take a computer-adaptive assessment in I-Station that supports individualized instruction to target areas of improvement in key areas such as:
·         Phonological and Phonemic Awareness (rhyme; initial, middle and final sounds; segmenting and blending sounds)
·         Phonics (letter knowledge, alphabetic decoding, spelling)
·         Vocabulary (academic words in the language)
·         Comprehension (listening/language comprehension, reading comprehension)
·         Fluency (accuracy and rate, monitoring for comprehension).
 
Both Khan Academy and I-Station provide your student(s) with additional opportunities to practice skills if you would like to have them working on practice activities at home. Along with direct instruction from your child’s teacher we believe all children will find academic success this school year.
 
Thank you for your time and support.
 
Barb Boillot, Principal
 
C.J. Cain, Assistant Principal
 
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