Is your school looking into new programs for next year? Our school recently did a trial of a math program called Dreambox.
I'll admit I was skeptical at first. We already have a phonics/reading program on our computers that our K-2 kids HATE. It's loud, overstimulating, and frustrating to them. The kids say it's boring and that they are always starting over in the same place.
Dreambox is totally different. They LOVE it! They BEG to be on Dreambox!
Dreambox adapts its math games to suit the needs of the child. Students may be working on completely different concepts from one another. You can see these are two students sitting next to each other in the lab and they are on completely different levels.
Students receive hints if they need to. Ex: "Create this number with fewer moves."
Students begin a unit with a pretest and games then focus on areas of weakness. The students earn tokens and certificates as they move through games successfully. They can choose what their avatar looks like, choose a picture password, and choose what type of world they want to work in like pirate or storybook.
The graphics are simple and cute. There aren't extra loud noises and we can easily understand instructions being told to us. Students get to begin where they left off and get to see their tokens and certificates at any time.
My class can access Dreambox through the computers in school, their computer at home, and on the iPad. The app on the iPad is free. As a teacher I can see progress reports that show what skills students have mastered. *Progress reports can be seen using CCSS, The TEKS for all us Texas folks, Ontario Curriculum, Virginia Standards of Learning, and Western and Northern Canadian Protocol.* You can also see a simple view of how students are progressing through the Dreambox Units.
Most of my students spend time on Dreambox at home. This is not something I have asked them to do. They just enjoy it THAT much!
It is a pricey program for your whole school but just in the past month I have seen HUGE progress in my students. This may be a program worth mentioning to your admins!