Best of 2014


As we wrap up 2014, we take a look back at a fabulous year here at Curriculum Pathways. This year brought record registrations, skyrocketing student usage, and continued creativity in resource/app integration. Of our 1,250+ (free!) resources, here are this year's most loved.

Top 3 Resources


1. Algebra 1. Explore video and text that addresses concepts covered in Algebra 1. As you complete the units within this course, you'll learn how to solve equations and inequalities, identify sequences, graph functions, display and analyze data, simplify radical and polynomial expressions, and factor polynomial expressions.

2. Writing Reviser. Revise your writing with the help of this tool. It allows you to focus on your purpose and audience, essay structure, and use of written language (sentence economy, variety, power, and clarity). You'll learn to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically. As a result, you'll begin to express yourself with greater precision and power. What started as just the Writing Reviser has now expanded to a suite of writing tools, Writing Navigator, available for the web, iPad, and Chromebook.

3. Punctuation Rules. Explore the most common punctuation marks and their uses. You'll learn the basic rules of punctuation; demonstrate the connection between punctuation and meaning; and provide specific words, phrases, and clauses to create sentences and apply what you've learned. You can complete the quizzes to check your understanding.

Top 3 Apps


1. Flashcards. Available in the App Store, Flash Cards provide space to create, learn, and share your work. You can download and play decks in any subject, create new decks in a variety of question formats, and share your decks with others (for iPhone, iPad, and iTouch).

2. Math Stretch. Updated earlier this month, Math Stretch provides a suite of activities to develop elementary math skills and number sense. The app includes exercises that target counting, number relations and operations, and telling and manipulating time. Settings allow students, parents, and teachers to control the level of difficulty for each activity. Download Math Stretch today from the App Store and Google Play!

3. Data Notebook. Available for free in the App Store, SAS Data Notebook lets students take control of their learning and monitor their progress. Built-in templates for mission statements, goals, checklists, plus/deltas, spelling lists and histograms are included. Data Notebook even includes a scratch paper template where students can load pictures, create drawings, and more. A new text page enables students to take notes, keep a journal, or perform any other writing tasks organized in their notebook. Students can also add sections in order to set, monitor, and reflect on individual goals by subject. Notebooks can now be emailed to teachers, parents, or friends.

Top 3 "New in 2014" Resources


1. Reading Records. Available in the App Store and Chrome Store, Reading Records allows users to monitor reading skills in a more time-efficient manner. Students read and record a passage, answer related quiz questions, and retell what they've read in their own words. The tool's library contains numerous reading passages (various Lexile® levels, both fiction and nonfiction); teachers can also generate passages themselves. See how Reading Records can work for you!

2. Writing Planner.Work through the process of generating ideas and organizing them into a plan for writing. You'll determine your purpose and audience; brainstorm ideas, facts, or opinions; support your ideas with quotations and information from web sites, books, or other sources; group and sequence your ideas; and review your writing plan. This year, we rounded out our writing tools to include four products that guide students through the entire writing process: Writing Planner, Writing Drafter, Writing Reviser, and Writing Publisher. Available for the web, iPad, and Chromebook.

3. Writing Drafter.Transform your writing plan into the first draft of an essay by developing coherent sentences and paragraphs from the organized ideas in your plan. You'll develop the body of your essay by creating sentences, supporting details and transitions; create introductory and concluding paragraphs; and analyze your writing to improve sentence patterns, punctuation, and transitions. Writing Drafter is part of a suite of writing tools, Writing Navigator, available for the web ,iPad, and Chromebook.

Top Video on YouTube

Los días de la semana. From Curriculum Pathways, this video is designed to build mastery of the language, introducing and reinforcing Spanish vocabulary for the days of the week. Students watch and listen as native speakers discuss the question ¿Qué día es hoy?

Top Professional Development Course

Getting Started with Curriculum Pathways. This asynchronous, self-paced learning option introduces Curriculum Pathways and provides guidance and support as teachers develop individual lesson plans to address their instructional goals.

Top Tweet

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Happy new year!


About Author

Lucy Kosturko

Lucy Shores Kosturko, PhD manages product development for SAS Institute's K-12 educational initiatives, a suite of cross-platform offerings promoting data literacy, artificial intelligence and computer science. After graduating with a B.A. in psychology and computer science from Rhodes College, she earned a M.S. in computer science and PhD in educational psychology from North Carolina State University. Lucy lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two daughters.

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