The web-based assessment program, Castle Learning, is a K-12 resource which provides core testing content using a variety of formats. Instant grading, detailed assessment reports, and instructional feedback are benefits that save time and improve academic success. Just ask Christine Lightner, Earth Science Teacher for Olean Summer School, 2013. Olean Summer School offers Earth Science review and instruction supplemented by online credit recovery and the use of past regents’ exam questions created for student assignments using Castle Learning.
When students in the fifth grade classes of Mrs. Laura Hamed, Mrs. Tammy Martin, and Ms. Cari Matejka at Olean Intermediate Middle School began their study of the solar system, little did they know what an out of this world experience it would be. The unit actually began much earlier in the year with an in-depth study of Earth. By learning many of the concepts associated with Earth, students were then ready to begin their six week study of the solar system with foundational knowledge they could tap into, compare, and apply to their new learning.
If your classroom has not participated in a virtual collaborative project before, take this opportunity to learn how easily it can happen and how teachers and students enjoy it! In April 2013, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Keller, and Mrs. Hart took their 2nd & 3rd grade East View Elementary resource classroom students on a tour of Olean and to meet Mayor Linda Witte as part of a New York State classroom collaborative project.