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This podcast is part of the series: Quick Picks for Teachers


Narrated by: Patricia A. Gann


Moody Jr. High School

St. Clair County Schools


Qtopia has thousands of free premade lessons, activities, reviews, tests, and/or standards-based curriculum that students can easily navigate through with interactive lessons and activities that consist of questions, answers, and explanations.  Tracking student progress with comprehensive reports is a breeze for teachers.  There is a message center that enhances communication between parents, teachers, and students. Students create an avatar with points made by completing activities, along with interactive games with tasks that are completed correctly.  This is a great tool for both remediation for slower students and accelerating the learning of the gifted learner.

Length: 17:26

Content Areas: Professional Development

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

AQTS_1.A.1: Academic Discipline(s) [Knowledge of the structure of the academic disciplines related to the subject-matter content areas of instruction and of the important facts and central concepts, principles, theories, and tools of inquiry associated with these disciplines.]
AQTS_1.A.2: Academic Discipline(s) [Knowledge of ways to organize and present content so that it is meaningful and engaging to all learners whom they teach (pedagogical content knowledge).]
AQTS_1.A.3: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to use students' prior knowledge and experiences to introduce new subject-area related content.]
AQTS_1.A.4: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to identify student assumptions and preconceptions about the content of a subject area and to adjust instruction in consideration of these prior understandings.]
AQTS_1.A.5: Academic Discipline(s) [Ability to help students make connections across the curriculum in order to promote retention and transfer of knowledge to real-life settings.]
AQTS_1.B.2: Curriculum [Ability to provide accommodations, modifications, and/or adaptations to the general curriculum to meet the needs of each individual learner.]
AQTS_2.A.6: Human Development [Ability to use knowledge about human learning and development in the design of a learning environment and learning experiences that will optimize each student's achievement.]
AQTS_2.A.7: Human Development [Ability to recognize individual variations in learning and development that exceed the typical range and use this information to provide appropriate learning experiences.]
AQTS_2.B.3: Organization and Management [Knowledge of the components and characteristics of collaboratively designed and implemented individual behavioral support plans.]
AQTS_2.B.6: Organization and Management [Ability to plan teaching and learning experiences that are congruent with the Alabama courses of study and appropriate for diverse learners.]
AQTS_2.B.7: Organization and Management [Ability to collect and use data to plan, monitor, and improve instruction.]
AQTS_2.B.8: Organization and Management [Ability to organize, allocate, and manage the resources of time, space, and activities to support the learning of every student.]
AQTS_2.E.5: Assessment [Ability to design and use a variety of approaches to formal and informal assessment to plan instruction, monitor student understanding and progress toward learning, modify teaching and learning strategies, and measure and report student progress related to learning objectives.]


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