Oakman students using online program to excel in reading, math
by Daniel Gaddy
Dec 02, 2011 | 1766 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jennifer Jones, a computer applications teacher at Oakman High School, helps one of her students Wednesday at Oakman High School. Jones applied for a grant to pay for the Kids College program, used by students at Oakman Elementary/Middle School. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Jennifer Jones, a computer applications teacher at Oakman High School, helps one of her students Wednesday at Oakman High School. Jones applied for a grant to pay for the Kids College program, used by students at Oakman Elementary/Middle School. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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OAKMAN — The students of Oakman Elementary/Middle School are now using an online program that their teachers hope will strengthen their reading and math skills.

Jennifer Jones, an eighth-grade computer applications teacher, said the program, called Kid’s College, is a quiz-style software that allows students to play about 10 seconds of a sports video game for every three questions they answer correctly.

The problems are presented in a manner similar to standardized tests used to gauge student achievement in high school like the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test and the SAT-10.

One of the best aspects about the program, Jones said, is that teachers can use it to track each student’s progress. They can also get information about the specific areas in which their students are struggling.

Jones also said the program is engineered to respond to each students answers, jumping up a grade level for students that have a firm grasp on the subject and going down a grade level for those who are struggling with a particular topic.

Students can also use the program at home or with any computer with Internet access.

Jones said teachers have only used the program for a couple of weeks so she has not received feedback yet. However, she said her students have requested the program on a daily basis.

“With my kids, I could hardly contain them when I told them (we would be using the program),” she said.

The Kids College program was funded at Oakman Elementary/Middle School thanks to the State Department Motivated Data Grant, which Jones applied for and received.