Product: Sublime Learning Portal and Library of eTeachables

Article excerpt * Retail price: Introductory price, $995-$700 per school; additional discounts for district-wide and multiple-year subscriptions

Sublime Learning helps schools integrate existing technology--currently Kidspiration and Inspiration--into instruction to directly shape the reading, writing, math, and thinking skills of students in pre-K through eighth grade. QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS: Utilizing Kidspiration and Inspiration software, eTeachables for Visual Learning, the only eTeachables Library available at the time of this review, helps instructors transform teaching. The database includes 200 online video tutorials that model effective teaching strategies through the use of graphic organizers, as well as templates to be used in the classroom to quickly apply the strategies. These just-in-time professional-development modules cover reading, writing, math, and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, teachers can watch more than 200 one-to two-minute tutorials that introduce examples of different instruction for various learning styles.

EASE OF USE: Searching the database is very straightforward. Teachers can browse the entire Library or search by keyword, then modify the search by subject and grade level, or search by standard. Sublime Learning offers two hours of online learning sessions to support the effective use of eTeachables, online and in-person seminars, professional community, classroom demonstrations, and personal support. Help buttons are not evident in the database itself, but the Library is clear-cut and easy to navigate.

CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Educators can easily search, use, save, and index their own learning resources, including templates, lessons, and video. …


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