ISTE 2017: School Specialty To Debut New Digital Solution For K-12 Students With Disabilities in P.E., and an Updated Version Of Wordly Wise At ISTE.
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Earlier this year School Specialty started carrying the latest products from Sportime® featuring SPARK™. These innovative products for physical education teachers help create an inclusive environment where all students, including those with disabilities can participate.
The latest resources include the SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook, Inclusive PE Specialty Workshop and Sportime Inclusive PE Starter Pack which support teachers in delivering the highest standards and most beneficial instruction to each and every student.
“We’re very excited about these new resources and expect they will have a tremendous impact on teacher development and student experience through evidence-based, carefully curated solutions that reinforce best practices in inclusive PE instruction,” stated Jeff Mushkin, SPARK Curriculum Development Director. “Specifically, the latest tools were developed for general PE teachers to address the need for support in adapting activities when there are a few students with disabilities in their classes. Teachers have asked for help in understanding disabilities and how to make modifications to their lessons in order to engage all students. We have responded to their call. The resources were developed by educators with experience working with students with special needs in both the adapted PE and the inclusive PE setting, and reflect their expertise for building a positive learning environment for all students.”
Also at ISTE, School Specialty will show off an updated version of their popular vocabulary solution Worldly Wise. Wordly Wise 3000® and Wordly Wise i3000™ are now available.
The Wordly Wise 3000® programs provide engaging, direct academic vocabulary instruction to develop the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Peer sharing opportunities and differentiated reading passages for each lesson meet the needs of today’s diverse student population—allowing students to have successful encounters with grade-level vocabulary instruction and practice.
“Wordly Wise 3000 is a popular and proven resource for teachers who want to help their students build the strong vocabulary skills requisite for success in school, college and career,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president, School Specialty Curriculum. “With these new editions of Wordly Wise 3000, teachers now have access to more activities with more engagement to reach more students.”
Wordly Wise 3000 4th Edition provides new engaging, research-based activities that have been expanded and updated to increase variety and student success. The multiple exposures and critical practice provide a deep understanding of new vocabulary, helping students improve reading comprehension and increase test scores. New Turn and Talk activities encourage peer-to-peer interaction, which allows students to apply the word knowledge they have learned throughout each lesson, and “own” their individual vocabulary.
The digital program, Wordly Wise i3000™, includes practice activities that are self-paced and automatically scored, saving valuable time for teachers. There are multiple social sharing opportunities, providing engagement and peer learning opportunities. Once students have shared their work, they are able to view peer responses. Wordly Wise i3000 provides educators with real-time progress monitoring, and administrators with critical data about student engagement and mastery, as well as teacher productivity.
Amy Holland, who teaches eighth grade English Language Arts at Bunsold Middle School in Marysville, Ohio, has used Wordly Wise in her classroom for the past five years and says her students are excited to find the program is applicable in and out of the classroom.
“My students love to bring me examples of Wordly Wise 3000 words they find in text in other classes, shows they watch or books they read outside of class,” said Holland. “One student told me they appreciate how much Wordly Wise has helped them in their everyday life. The structure of Wordly Wise gives students multiple opportunities for interaction and exposure to a word, which helps them to know it well and know it deeply. Truly, the content of Wordly Wise is perfect for eighth graders.”
Wordly Wise 3000 has partnered with Quizlet, an online platform that provides engaging game and study activities to practice new vocabulary. In both programs, students and teachers can choose from seven available study and game modes (flashcards, learn, spell, test, match, gravity and live) to practice and master the vocabulary they are learning.
You can see all School Specialty has to offer this week at ISTE, booth #1252 and online at schoolspecialty.com