Monday, March 3, 2014

Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!

I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row. I’m really excited to start using this resource to teach math - I have heard amazing things about it how engaging it is for students and how it has the potential to really help them grow in math. I’ve also played around with the dashboard, and I can’t wait to use it to tailor math instruction in my class!

- Be sure to scroll down and sign up today -
I have a limited number of free teacher sign ups to give and unlock all the features!




In particular, here’s why I’m most excited:


  1. Front Row is adaptiveEvery student works at their own pace, so no student is in over their head, and no student is bored. This is a huge deal - the fact Front Row can just do this automatically without any intervention from me frees up so much of my time to help my students individually and in small groups. And while I do, I can be sure the kids are learning at their own pace.

    They do this using a diagnostic pre-test the kids take the first time they use Front Row. This figures out where the kids are, and then they practice at their own level. When they’re ready to move on to the next topic, they do so automatically! And when they need remediation or review, they get that automatically too!



  2. It’s common core aligned, and has tons of problems and videos
    Every question and every video in Front Row is common core aligned, so I know it’s teaching the right material. The program covers K-8 math, and has tons of common core aligned problems and videos for every standard - no matter where my kids are, they have material they can practice.


  1. It’s gamifiedThis really keeps the kids engaged. When they get questions right, they get coins. When they do well on a level, they earn stars! And occasionally, the little Front Row piggy makes an appearance, getting kids really excited.

    This gamified part of Front Row just makes it a joy for kids to use. This sort of engagement can make even the most disinterested kids really excited to practice math, helping them get the skills they need to succeed. The motivation is huge!

  2. Helps kids when they get stuckFront Row has a lot of ways for students to get un-stuck when they have trouble. The biggest way is for them to watch a short, one minute video. The video goes over exactly what they’re stuck on, without giving away the answer. This helps them figure out step by step what they might be forgetting, and helps them practice better.

    Front Row also encourages collaboration! When a student gets a question wrong, the program suggests another student he can talk to. This way, the student who is doing the explaining gets the material solidified in her head, and the student getting help gets to learn from a peer. It’s great to see this dynamic in which students are not only using technology to learn, but they’re helping each other out in real life.


  3. It has learning resources right in the programWhen students use Front Row, they don’t need anything except the iPad or the Chromebook on their desk. This is because there’s scratch paper built right into the program! The iPad version has a whiteboard like educreations that the students can use to do math right in the app. They can also use virtual manipulatives to help them solve math programs, building a really strong understanding of the material.



  4. It gives individualized printable practiceOne of the least fun things to do as a teacher is to make a worksheet that only a third of my kids will be able to do, and the rest of my kids will just hate. And it’s even worse to grade it. Amazingly, Front Row solves this problem too: with the click of one button, I can generate a separate printable for each student, and it’ll be at their level. It’s adaptive practice on paper that I can send home with my students!



  5. It automatically make standards based report cards
    In the teacher dashboard, there’s a tab that auto-creates standards based report cards for each and every student. This makes it really easy to have parent-teacher conferences where I can point out exactly how the student is doing on every topic - without having to grade tons of tests and quizzes!




Your turn - get Front Row!




Step 1: Sign up for Front Row
If you have an iPad handy, get it from the app store: Apple. Then click “Sign up” on the left to make a new account.

If you don’t have an iPad handy, use the web version to sign up: https://classroom.frontrowed.com/#signup



Step 2: Add your roster
There are two ways to do this: you can click the Roster tab on the left and add your students.
- or -
You can have your students add themselves. This video shows how:


Step 3: Get the whole program free!
Log into your teacher account and then click the link in the red bar at the top. Then, enter the email "erinklein12@gmail.com" and that’s it! You’ll have the whole program free.


Step 4: Have your students take the diagnostic
Log into your teacher account and look on the top right for a class code. It’s 6 digits and numbers.


Have them log in on the right side of the iPad app, or on their laptop here. They’ll enter their first and last names, and the class code from your dashboard. Ask your students to pick the “Numbers in Base 10” unit, and it’ll automatically start the diagnostic!



Step 5: See all the things you can do in the teacher dashboard




After you sign up for a free account,
be sure to get full access

use my email address - see image below



31 comments:

  1. Love the Front Row idea...I am using it on my Chromebook right now. Thanks for sharing such a great tech tool.

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    1. So great to know it works nicely on your Chromebook.

      Thanks!

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  2. Wow!! I love this! I just signed up and put my own two children on it and they loved it! I am excited to sign up my resource kids and get them started. I love all of the data it gives on the student and how it is aligned to CCSS.
    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim,

      I put my daughter on it. She loves it! :)

      Thanks,

      Erin

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  3. Thanks for the new resource! I cannot wait to check it out and share with my co-workers.

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    1. Ashley,

      Awesome!! Can't wait to hear what they think.

      Erin

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  4. So excited to try this in my class with our iPads. Thx for this awesome resource Erin

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    1. Yay!! So glad you like it friend. :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing Erin! It looks fantastic, and we just got a cart of ipads to use in the classroom. Can't wait to check it all out!

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    1. That is wonderful news. My kids love it on the iPad.

      Thanks,

      Erin

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  6. This looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Colby,

      Thanks friend!! Excited to hear how it goes for you. Thanks for the comment.

      Warmly,

      Erin

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  7. What a great resource! Thanks for sharing! I think that this is going to be perfect for my kids who need math interventions!

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Yes, you'll love how it groups the kids, too. So awesome!!

      Thanks,

      Erin

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  8. Wow! Thank you, Erin! Can't wait to get the kids started tomorrow! What a great resource!

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    1. Hi Anna,

      That's how I felt. I was so excited to get my kids entered so they could jump on and try it. Such a success!!

      Thanks!!

      Erin

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  9. Thank you!

    I am always looking for awesome ways to get individualized instruction for my support classes. Even though I teach Middle School many of my students are only at a 1-2nd grade level in math! I am using Moby Max and IXL but this is one more trick in my pocket!

    Jameson
    Lessons With Coffee

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    1. Hi Jameson,

      Always great to have many tools in the box.

      Thanks!!

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  10. I've been using Front Row since last spring. I absolutely love it and even better, so do the students. It's so much better than math workbook pages. I just won tech innovator of the year for my school district, featuring math curriculum with Front Row.

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    1. Congrats!! I just passed your message along to the Front Row team. I know they'll be so excited. Thanks for sharing.

      Erin

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  11. Thank you for sharing. This seems really neat. I teach 6th grade and this program mostly goes up to 5th. I think for now it would be great for my struggling students who are below grade level. I wrote them asking them to add 6th grade material too.

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    1. Simone,

      So happy you had that suggestion. I know their team really listens to teachers. They'll be glad to have the feedback.

      Thanks,

      Erin

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  12. Thank you very much for sharing this great idea.

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing about this great program. I am so excited to try in my classroom. I have just set it up and we are going to get started tomorrow. I shared with my team and I hope they will try it too. So far I love what I have tried!:)

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  14. Just signed up for this. It looks absolutely amazing! It makes me afraid that it's too good to be true and it won't stay free.

    Tessa

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  15. Hi Erin,

    I'm really enjoying all the resources and inspiration you share on your blog. Thank you for access to this app. I teach a range of primary grades and am keen to see how this can support students while I provide 1:1 and small group instruction.

    Cheers,
    Jeff

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  16. its really great i had just started using on my Chromebook from today and really its awesome. Strongly recommend.

    Regard's
    ResultBaba

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  17. Thanks for the great resource! I just downloaded it on my iPad and started playing with it. This will be a great tool to differentiate math instruction in my room as I am doing small group math rotations. Can't wait to try it out with my own children as well as my 1st graders

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