Kuaderno is a virtual learning platform that helps students aged 5 to 16 practice and learn English through readings, exercises and games. Hundreds of thousands of students are strengthening their skills in English with Kuaderno by practicing different areas of language such as reading, writing, listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar.
#1 The Kuaderno Method
There are four main sections for students in Kuaderno:
-The Bookroom is a virtual library with over 300 audiobooks organized in 26 levels of difficulty.
–The Trainer contains over 30,000 ejercicios that have been designed to learn and practice English like a game, with sections for vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing.
-On the Classwall, students can exchange messages with their classmates. Teachers can also read and respond.
-The Passport section makes a game out of reading books and doing exercises. Students have a mission to visit cities virtually and buy virtual souvenirs.
Visit our help section for students to learn more about how each section of Kuaderno works.
We recommend that children use Kuaderno at least twice a week for about 15 minutes. If they have more time, it’s extremely beneficial to use Kuaderno every day. In just 15 minutes a day, your students can read a book in the Bookroom and complete a quiz, or do an exercise or two in the Trainer. They will earn points and virtual coins as they complete activities, which makes studying fun.
#2 How to start using Kuaderno with your students.
Distribute the individual login information to each student. Each student is assigned a starting level in the Bookroom and Trainer based on age.
The same day that you give out the login information, do a quick 5-minute demo for the students on an electronic whiteboard, tablet or computer. This will help your students become familiar with the system quickly.
Ask your students to use Kuaderno twice a week for 15 minutes. Their objective should be to read 10-15 books per quarter. At least once a month, review your students’ points and congratulate the students who are advancing.
#3 Our 5 Tips for Teachers
Use the statistics that you receive weekly by email or that you review in your Teacher Panel to congratulate the students who are doing well and to encourage the students who aren’t using Kuaderno as much.
To strengthen your students’ habit of reading in English, assign a reading as homework twice a week. The objective should be to read 10-15 books per quarter and complete all the Trainer exercises over the course of a school year. Remember that students can read the books at their own level and at lower levels to earn more points.
Some teachers use Kuaderno during class time for group reading or use the audio for dictation and tests.
Participate with your class in the Little Writers Contest. Run an English story writing contest among your students and send us an email with your winning student’s story. Each year, we publish the best stories that we receive. We edit, illustrate and record the story, and one of your students could see his or her name and the name of your school published in the Bookroom.
Ask your students to write messages in English on the Classwall to discuss the books that they most enjoyed. You can also write to your students on the wall and delete messages that you consider inappropriate.
#4 How to use the Teacher Area
To access the Teacher area, go to english.kuaderno.com/tutor from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Enter your email and the password you chose when you registered.
In the “Home” tab, you can see your students’ most recent activities.
In the “Students” tab, you can manage your classes and students. You can filter by class and by level, and you can also add new students by clicking “Add new student.”
When you click on a student’s name, you’ll see all of their information: full name, password, student username, class, level. You can modify some of this information, but remember to click on “Save Changes” after each change you make. You can see a student’s password by clicking on the eye icon in the Password field.
Remember that students can read books in the level at which they have been assigned or lower levels. By default, all students move on to the next level automatically after they have completed the current level, but you can de-activate auto-advance by unchecking “Auto Advance.”
In the “Reports” tab, you can review detailed statistics about how often students are reading, check their progress or review which exercises they have failed.