Professor Garfield’s Infinite Learning Lab

Want a fun and engaging resource/web site to engage your students? PPS teachers are able to access—for free—Professor Garfield’s Infinite Learning Lab. Students are able to watch engaging videos while also practicing concepts in Life Skills, Math, Science, and Reading. Moreover, the teacher can keep track of the progress of students’ work and record data of their work. While students are having fun, the teacher can keep a record of assessments and plan accordingly for differentiated instruction, progress, and student learning centers. As written in a Superintendent’s Memo:

A teacher management system has been added to the Infinite Learning Lab (www.learninglab.org), a collaboration between the Virginia Department of Education and the Professor Garfield Foundation. The Infinite Learning Lab provides engaging, animated, interactive lessons for students in mathematics, science, language arts, Internet safety, and life skills. New lessons are added throughout the year.
The teacher management system allows teachers to create individual accounts for students to assign specific lessons based on individual need and track student progress. Students will be able to earn online badges based on the lessons they complete.
The accounts are provided at no cost to all Virginia educators and students. Although anyone using the Internet may access four lessons on the Infinite Learning Lab Web site, only account holders will be able to access all the lessons available.
For teachers to have an account, the division superintendent must assign a designated division account administrator for the Infinite Learning Lab. That person will be provided information on how to create accounts for school account administrators who can then create individual teacher accounts. The division account administrator will be able to monitor data for all students who use the Infinite Learning Lab in their division, while the school account administrator can monitor data for all students within their school. User guides for both students and teachers (available on the Web site) will explain how to use the system.

For access information, please see me for login details and how to set up your students’ accounts. Mrs. Ross has already jumped on board! 

Internet Safety

faux-paw.jpg Each school has received a book for teachers to share with students on Internet safety, part of the Virginia Board of Education initiative that all schools are doing. The book,”Faux Paw’s Adventures in the Internet” is available for check out at the school library.

The curriculum for Internet Safety can be accessed by typing in internetsafety in the address bar (have to be on a school based computer–not at home). To access the curriculum, click the curriculum tab on the right side; to access resources, click on Elementary and go to the grade level that you teach.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Many thanks to our great Ruth, TRT at Brighton and Victory, who shared this information at http://www.ppsblogs.net/ruthokoye/2007/09/30/internet-safety/