Duration: 26 Minutes
Stacey Knibloe: Hello! Welcome Thanks for tuning in to Get To Know Gale Presents: Miss Humblebee’s Academy. I'm Stacey Knibloe, Team Lead for Gale Training. And I'm thrilled to be able to share this resource with you today.
Stacey Knibloe: So Miss Humblebee’s is an award winning, outcomes-based, interactive online kindergarten readiness curriculum that busters early literacy skills and children ages 3 through 6. We're going to go live to the resource here in a few minutes, but I do have some slides that speak to how we put together this resource
Stacey Knibloe: and how it's built. Why it's won those awards, before we dive into the live demonstration. So up first, we offer multiple paths to learning. In this resource there is a guided path that students can follow to learn from all the different lessons that are available. Of course, they get progressive and move into
Stacey Knibloe: more developed knowledge and skills throughout the resource. You can also choose lessons. So, if there are things that kids really like to learn about, they can go back and pick those lessons, or often we find they like to repeat things over and over. They can always go back and do a favorite lesson again, and one of the really handy features is a parent or caregiver can actually target different lessons for their learner as well. So, we're going to take a look at that.
Stacey Knibloe: We have great teacher-led videos in this collection as well. They address, of course, key kindergarten readiness skills and concepts and all subject areas and social and emotional learning. We liked that, having that kind of almost face to face learning, having some of the content teacher led. So you'll find there are interactive activities too. But then there are times when kids are listening and watching as well. So there's a real blend of learning styles
Stacey Knibloe: which we'll talk about, too.
Stacey Knibloe: But putting this content together, it's based on standards for multiple sources, including Us. Department of Education and Head Start Early Child Development. We look at state standards as well. We really want these kids to be ready for kindergarten right? And that the curriculum for that, or the standards for that can vary by state.
Stacey Knibloe: So we look at all of those different sources to pull this resource together. And of course, because these are kids who are aren’t in kindergarten yet you're going to find there's a lot of sound and visual cues to help them along. Right? They're not readers yet, generally. So
the resource really helps them out in that way.
Stacey Knibloe: There's also great content for offline learning. And the STEAM hands-on activities are a lot of fun things that kids can do at home or even can be, you know, library activities. So there's work they can do in their learning that is not on a screen and they can get their hands dirty.
Stacey Knibloe: Along with those we've got different worksheets and things like that. These printable tools that kids can use to practice, so flashcards and the like to be able, to supplement and reinforce the learning that they're doing in Miss Humblebee’s Academy.
Stacey Knibloe: We also offer interactive eBooks, music, and videos. And of course, these accompany the different lessons. But there's something kids can go back to to help reinforce their learning, or even just for fun, you know, if they like that sharks song, they can hear it again.
Stacey Knibloe: And we build all of this around six key concepts, art, music, fitness, language, and literacy, math, science, and social studies and social and emotional learning. And you'll see how that's the lessons are divided up. When we get into the resource
Stacey Knibloe: and we’re giving you a look here at kind of launch pad of the resource, simple access to all of the content. We want a really easy to use interface. Right? We're working with a little kids. So we want something inviting, engaging, colorful, and really simple to use. So we have the guided path here to kick off, and you can move through that just by selecting the bubbles
and moving on to your next spot as you move through. It's automatically saving progress. and you can just move on. The next time you come into the resource you pick up right where you left off and can start there and just keep moving through that guided path and progressively working through.
Stacey Knibloe: We also offer ways, though, to get to the specific content that a kid or a parent may want to target. So something like, choose a lesson. Let you jump in and pick. You know your lesson about shapes. And you can start right there. You can also get to all of those teacher, light videos to the teach me button. The music and video content is all housed in its own button as well. So again, you can find that sharks on all of those steam hands on activities that you can do offline or gathered there in a button as well. So
you can get to these targeted spots within the resource and get to the content you really want.
Stacey Knibloe: and in the upper right hand corner we've got a menu to get to all of the parent or caregiver resources so they can get to. all of the various additional tools, but then kind of seeing where their kid is in their learning, and looking at the assessments and other tools that are available. So really easy to navigate, we're going to again jump in there, live and get a closer look. But the kind of simple way out of the homepage is a robust
Stacey Knibloe: right? So we're building this for kids. Right? So of course, there are things we're going to focus on like reading level and things like that, and just the navigation making it simple. There are other things that come into account as well.
Stacey Knibloe: So we need it to be a secure classroom, right? So the parent creates the account. They could give us very little information, really, just to name an address or sorry email address. and that's it. And none of that information is ever shared. That's all that's needed. And then they create students underneath their account. So the kids never have a separate login. The parent gets them ready and kind of hands over the tablet, or whatever device they might be using. And they're off and running.
Stacey Knibloe: And we offer differentiated learning support both in the way that you're learning. As I mentioned, you know, they're different, their videos, their activities again, things like that, but also in the sense that you can step back if there's a trouble area I need to focus on or maybe jump ahead. If there's students ready to move ahead on a particular resource. So it's easy to differentiate with different learners.
Stacey Knibloe: And of course learning happens at right at home on the go offline. So this tool is mobile, responsive. You can use it on any type of device. And again, there are those printable tools for offline learning what you want to have some non screen time, and take advantage of some learning still. So
Stacey Knibloe: lots of ways to get at this content.
Stacey Knibloe: So here's an example of some of the lessons. They were over 700 in the collection now, and of course we'll continue to grow in terms of the content that's there.
and it varies teaching styles as they move through the guided path, or select a lesson you'll find we in each of the buttons on the or the circles there on the guided path they're learning from those 6 key concepts. But the way they're learning varies. So you're not just always watching a video. We want the resource to be engaging the kids to want to come up, come back. So the learning style varies of that. Of course, there are going to be videos. But then we've got some practice
options here say, learning how to write the letter a both capital and lowercase their eBooks that you can have red to. You are red on your own.
Stacey Knibloe: And then again, lot of video content. This is lower head.
Stacey Knibloe: right hand corner. There is one of our Be Active videos teaching kids, you know about exercise and being active. And to note there, too, all of the video is available with close captioning so that can be turned on as needed. And again, all of the content has voice over text. So you know often these are not readers yet. Right? So every button they hover over it's going to read what that button says.
It's going to be reading the instructions to them, and we'll see that in the live portion of our demonstration here.
Stacey Knibloe: So here's an example of some of the principles available again worksheets for little activities offline. And then, some of that. Those steam related activities and experiments and crafts and the light available as well. So indoor snowball flight, especially fun. you can find all of those within the resource, and we'll show you how.
Stacey Knibloe: So the content is built, of course, for students to get ready for kindergarten. So we need some assessments. That's really the first thing that happens when the student enters the resource state start with a 15 question cognitive skills assessment. And it really is going to take about 10 min or so, and creates a baseline to be able to look at assessments later. They have a periodically in their learning
but you're able to then kind of see where your kids starting out and then how they develop in the program. And then there they can create their avatar. I've done a little bit of work with Morris's here, and just kind of it. It game of F. The experience a little bit for them as they go through and do their learning. They earn coins.
And that's something fun, you know, to keep them engaged in wine to come back, they can take their rewards and spend it on new clothes and things like that for their avatar. So something a little fun for them to play around with there
Stacey Knibloe: and then. Parents are sent weekly email notifications with different progress and performance reports, reminders about assessments, things like that. And these are all always accessible from the dashboard we're going to take a look at. But that weekly reminder is kind of handy to see where their kids had, or maybe just a reminder to get in there and do some learning can help identify their strengths, you know, trouble spots, and view their improvement over time
Stacey Knibloe: and just measure their progress throughout the they're learning. You assemble these Academy.
Stacey Knibloe: So we also go need content that Ms Humblebee’s can't really assess right? It's not just about learning your ABC's to start kindergarten right? You need different motor skills and things like that. So you'll find additional tools to support those standards. in the dashboard. these allow parents to review and report cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth as a condition of kindergarten readiness.
You're also going to be able to take advantage of other tools that can be handy things like chore charts, reading lists, maybe schedules, monthly planners, things like that just to help assist in this learning, you know, some handy tools. So again, some more principles here, these more for the parents.
Stacey Knibloe: So let's go ahead and take a look at the live resource.
Stacey Knibloe: and we will get our eyes on it. So the welcome screen is going to give you the option of creating an account using the guest access, which I’ll mention a little bit later.
Stacey Knibloe: or signing it if you visited before, and I do want to show you what it takes to create an account. Again. Very simple. This is for the parent, not for the student to complete. Now for the child to complete again, these are your own kids, ages 3 to 6, right? So create your account. It's going to be for the parent. And really, all we need is a name and an email address. And you create your password. And you add your student. You can have multiple students under a parent or caregiver account.
There's really no limit We kind of can start out here with one and then keep moving through
Stacey Knibloe: so very minimal requirements again. This information is never shared. It's, you know. There, if we, your email address, is required, so we can send you those progress reports. But then also, should you need to reset your password, or anything so very simple creation of an account. And again, nothing is a share. All private information. Here. Now I'm going to go ahead and log into my demonstration account because I have some assessments and things so I can show off. So let me go ahead and sign in.
Stacey Knibloe: and I have a couple of students in my account, both Marissa and Xavier. So I just choose which student I'm putting in
Stacey Knibloe: welcome back to Miss Humblebee’s Academy and hope click on the last red stepping stone to continue your learning, and then welcome to Miss Hubble's Academy. It's letting us know what to do. So again. All of the instruction is going to have voice over. So you know what to do if you can't read what's on the screen. So even we're getting like the blinking red D, that's where I need to click and start off right.
Stacey Knibloe: So Miss Humblebee is there to welcome me to the resource, and I can dive right back in. So if this is the point where the parent or caregiver would just hand over the tablet, get them up on the computer, whatever it may be. And the kid takes over and again, one of the advantage of that voice over tech is the parent, you know. Maybe they're doing something else. They're working on something. They can hear what their kids are doing right with all this voice over content. So kind of handy.
Stacey Knibloe: Let's go ahead, and we're going to explore more. But let's go and pick right back up with learning.
So I can see where I've progressed so far. In this lesson. There are 6 categories or 6 6 key concepts. And I've moved through a hundred of everything through math. And I'm about to start science and social settings.
Stacey Knibloe: and you click on the body parts to hear the name out to you and your instructions. We're starting to lesson. And again, as I hover over these buttons you can hear it's doing voice over.
Stacey Knibloe: So, learning about the different parts of the body, head splitting here, cans.
Stacey Knibloe: legs.
Stacey Knibloe: ankles, feet, stomach, neck, shoulders, chest, arms, shoulders. I've completed that lesson. I've earned some points, and the close go to the next lesson. You can go to the next lesson. I can go back to the mountain. go to.
Stacey Knibloe: But very simple. Click on start lesson to begin launching the video action before you get to the activity which I appreciate kind of showing kids what's coming next to next up, we're going to watch it.
Stacey Knibloe: Did you know, animals are put into different classes. And for all of the video just here in the lower right hand corner, we can enable captions. I can
Stacey Knibloe: change the screen size or the video size. I can adjust the volume. So kind of, you know, typical video tools like here, I can learn
Stacey Knibloe: to make it easier to study them. There are many different animal classes. Well, we just keep moving progressively soon through. So there, I had something that was interactive to start now and moving to a video. So you can see how we vary to keep the kids engaged. But you can also take advantage again of those that buying Toolbar to get to specific types of learning. So if I go under, choose, choose a lesson.
Stacey Knibloe: It's going to show me all the available lessons, and we have
Stacey Knibloe: course lots to pick from here this is again another area where kids can kind of keep revisiting. If they love the I want to be a construction worker eBook, they can always come back and find it would also be found in the at the bottom as well. So there's usually a few different ways to find what you're after. But choose a lesson is nice, because it kind of pushes all of the lessons to one place. You can easily locate them.
Stacey Knibloe: and you can see lots of eBooks. We've got our eBook series here on historical figures, life, science, and so on.
Stacey Knibloe: The teach me, videos are always going to have a teacher lead instruction. So if you like those. so we could start with something like, Say learning about the rectangle.
Stacey Knibloe: Hello, I'm so happy you're here today.
Let's learn about the shape day.
Stacey Knibloe: I'm going to move ahead in the video a little bit. You can see they use visual cues, as well, you know, like we're on a blackboard here so and get into the rectangle shape.
Stacey Knibloe: I can jump back. You've got other spots here, too. I mentioned the shark song. Right? So if I'm looking for that, we have a whole section on the music and videos and their music videos as well. But here we have our songs about animal series. I'm a shark.
Stacey Knibloe: What's fun about the songs? It's always going to be you
along with this. We even know if I matter of here.
Stacey Knibloe: super senses and powerful jazz.
Stacey Knibloe: You don't want to get too close, because my teeth are impressive, and I've got a whole bunch.
Stacey Knibloe: and of course we go ahead and pause it here. We're also learning right? I can learn that a shark is a carnivore, and they need for lunch. So again, lots of fun. Here
Stacey Knibloe: again, you can target this content in these different areas, depos music and videos, steam content again, this is an area I find really helpful just in the library as well. Fun things you can do maybe tag on to the end of a story hour, or something like that, you know, it's great for at home. But this is something you could do in the library as well, or even the classroom. So
Stacey Knibloe: the steam content is going to give you lots of hands on activity. Get your hands dirty and have some off screen time. I mentioned before. Parents can also target content for their learners. So that's going to be my learning under my learning. So I've got some lessons here that I targeted for Xavier
Stacey Knibloe: around self regulation. My feelings, phonics. So maybe these are areas I think he needs work on. Or I, you know, maybe the you know something I just want to reinforce with him. I can target it. I pick these large categories, and then it targets this, these lessons for them around, counting forward and backward, right?
Stacey Knibloe: So really great way again to reinforce trouble areas, or even if you do want to kind of jump ahead of where you think they are.
Stacey Knibloe: and I'm challenge them about. You can do that as well. So let me show you how you do that. So the student stays in this environment here, right there in the classroom, but in the upper right hand corner we be able hamburger menu, to let you exit the classroom and get to all of the parent resources before I click that, let me point out, we do have the option here in the classroom to change that bottom button bar
Stacey Knibloe: into Spanish.
Stacey Knibloe: Now we have plans to increase the Spanish content in the resource. Right now, though in the classroom, this is most of our bilingual content here to be able to navigate, at least, so this is really handy. If you've got a parents, maybe first language is Spanish, they might struggle in English, but they want to kind of move around in the resource. And these buttons, you know, being Spanish, and can certainly help them.
Stacey Knibloe: But we can see the content is his state in English. So again, that's something down the road kind of a comes to an attraction that we plan to add to the resource. So I go ahead and switch back to English. So
Stacey Knibloe: there's also a switch student button. So I could switch between Xavier and Marissa the 2 kids I have in my account. But let's say I want to add a third. I want to target some content. All of that is done when you exit the classroom and go to the Caregiver dashboard.
Stacey Knibloe: So this is again where the parent, the caregiver, is going to do all of the work, to target, content to add students to look at assessments, to look at the different learning activities, find all those offline and printable materials for them as well. So everything's done here through the dashboard, but also, of course, maintain your account here. I've got to manage students. This is where I could add more students to my account. It's an unlimited number.
Stacey Knibloe: just to add the student information.
Stacey Knibloe: Customize learning here over on the left is where you can target content that my learning area of the classroom. So again, this is where I went to target some content for Savior.
Stacey Knibloe: And you can see those were the 2 I had for social emotion, learning my feelings and self regulation, I get language and literacy options I can pick from. So maybe if I want to work a little more on, say rhyming, and that to his learning. Just scroll down a bit, looking at those key concepts again
and pick everything I want here. Now here we do have to submit and make sure it saves our work and pushes that through. And so.
Stacey Knibloe: and it'll be there for them immediately, you know we, if I use the return of classroom button and go right back up to the password. It will be found in my learning that change happens immediately.
Stacey Knibloe: The assessments I mentioned again. This is something that kind of the first thing that your kids will do inside the resources. Take that first assessment, and then again, they're up for periodically throughout their time, and the resource not too often. it just, you know, wants to give them a little room to learn, and then do a little bit on the assessment. So we have one for Savior so far, and can view those performance details.
Stacey Knibloe: You get the quick summary here at the top about how many questions they answer correctly, incorrectly, how time they spent and then broken down by subject area. So because there are only 15 questions. It typically doesn't hit every subject area with each assessment. So in this case, language and literacy and math work, we're covering those 15 questions. So I can see how we did there
Stacey Knibloe: and then we have the ability to kind of look at those based on different standards that we cover in the resource, so by default, their personal list here is Castle, which has to the social, emotional learning.
Stacey Knibloe: language, and literacy and math didn't apply to any castle standards. So if I switch that maybe to head start early learning framework, then it's going to show me
Stacey Knibloe: their standards and kind of the questions that related to those areas, so I can get a look at how he performed there. And as you go through this you'll start to see charts kind of tracking their progress for these as well, which is really handy. But we just the one assessment. I don't have that quite yet.
Stacey Knibloe: but the assessments are also, and the less reverse that we're going to look at. Also going to give you the option to view the actual questions. So what were these questions that save your answer, and I can open up
Stacey Knibloe: and see
Stacey Knibloe: kind of almost like the like if had it in the paper right? Or how they did. This is, you know their graded version, so I can see what the questions were, and save your answers. I can even use the test this question to try it myself.
Here he is.
Stacey Knibloe: so you can do the same with just lesser. Of course, the assessments happen periodically, but as they move through the program, right. They're doing all of these different lessons. So I kind of see where Xavier is for these as well. So I can see how far they've gotten gone through 8 questions in this timeframe shows on a weekly basis, and then you kind of start to see the growth as you move through, so we can get a kind of visual cue here of how
Stacey Knibloe: complete they've gone through, and you know not a lot of work done in this in the Xavier account. But just give me an idea of what happens here. And then one of my favorite features here. But all the way to the bottom
Stacey Knibloe: I've got the Historical Trends Report, which is really handy because I get this kind of visual representation of how Zak is moving through the program so like great way to be able to see that they also play around with this. If I want to see just, you know, isolate, maybe just some math you can just uncheck these other subject areas and see what they've got.
Stacey Knibloe: how they've done what I wanted. Man.
Stacey Knibloe: there you go.
Stacey Knibloe: You get a closer look and isolate. So lots of great recording is done here, so the parent can have that check in and look at their progress.
Stacey Knibloe: And then for those items where you know again, the can't assess everything that you that's needed for kindergarten readiness. So things like developmental milestones, we've got checklist for ages 3, 4 and 5, and I've actually opened those up, both here
Stacey Knibloe: and I. Yes, I've got these for ages, for we've got them in English and in Spanish. So this is something you can print out, and then just check off kind of where you know your kid is app for each of these items. Right? So checking things like motor skills and taking directions and things like that. So this, some of these can't always assess those types of things. So it's great to have these other tools.
Stacey Knibloe: You've also got to go ahead and take a look at kindergarten readiness checklist. And what's nice about this? If we've got it in excel format, too, so you can kind of track the usage, download that and track it over time. Download it in a Pdf format as well, and track it there. We also have online versions. So I can fill that out here and keep it in the dashboard
Stacey Knibloe: as well. So you've got a couple of different formats for being able to kind of pull this content out. And what's nice about that? Particularly with the with the excel in the Pdf format is. Then you can, you know, have that to share with others, you know another caregiver preschool teacher. Things like that. You can to share that content out for the lesson reports and the assessment you can print those pages to be able to share out. But so these downloadable features are really nice.
Stacey Knibloe: Okay, all of the other tools are here as well. If I want to get to the flash cards to be able to print those out if I'm looking for the ring list the you know.
Stacey Knibloe: coloring pages, you know. Just some fun stuff and find all of those here just using that resources list over on the left hand side of there. So lots of great tools here for the caregiver or parent to be able to support and enhance the work that's being done inside and assemble these Academy. Give them additional tools.
Stacey Knibloe: so our resources are never finished. We're always getting feedback from our end users from our library staff. So we're you'll always new things coming to the resource and great things. But we want to give you a look at it, how it stands today. So let me just remind you that we do offer again that guest access. So you are welcome to take a look and just
Stacey Knibloe: get into that guest account and have a look around, you know. Test things out. Take a few lessons. They're actually a lot of fun. So I'd encourage you to have a look around yourselves and join us some of these again. Thank you.