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Computer programs in our classroom

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We use many different computer programs in our classroom to help us learn. One of the programs we use is Fast ForWord ( It is an online reading program that helps us with language, memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. We work on it for 30 minutes each day. There are five to six games on each of the 10 levels, and each level shows a percentage of how well you are doing. You can earn blue stars if you are doing an outstanding job on the level, or you can receive a red star if you are struggling with that game.

Reading Rewards ( is another good one. We can record the name of the book and the number of minutes we read for the day. We have to read at least 30 minutes each day, and Reading Rewards keeps track of all the books we read. The best thing about the program is that you can rate the book you read and write a review. Other students can read our reviews and decide if that is a good book for them.

To help us with our weekly spelling words, we use a spelling and vocabulary program, Spelling City ( Each week, we have 20 new spelling words and our teacher assigns us about eight activities that we have to complete during the week. Our favorite game is Speedy Speller. You have to type the words correctly as fast as you can and compete with yourself or other students in our class. Spelling City is a fun way to learn new vocabulary words and spelling concepts.

Finally, a program we use for math is Khan Academy ( The program has practice exercises, instructional videos, and it lets us learn and study at our own pace. We complete math missions that cover topics from kindergarten through high school. If we have trouble with a concept, we can watch a video that helps us understand better. We like how we can earn points for getting questions right and we can use those points to change our character avatar.


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