eBooks are written in concise, easy to understand language and include visual elements, such as photographs, graphs, and figures, to support understanding. Each chapter begins with a clear statement of learning goals and an explanation of the why the content is relevant to students’ lives. Chapters are broken into manageable sections that identify objectives and new vocabulary and link content to real world problems and events. Instruction includes step-by-step guidance in solving problems and incorporates interactive tools, including virtual manipulatives (e.g., algebra tiles). Content is customizable and teachers may upload their own materials.Each chapter section includes one or more PowerPoint presentations of key content. PowerPoints are editable and include lecture notes for teachers. Presentations are also available as “Power Lessons,” which are video versions of PowerPoints with voice-over narration. Lessons have video tutorials in which an engaging teacher provides instruction in key concepts. Chapter sections also include printable study sheets and interactive coaching activities. Coaching activities facilitate students’ understanding of key concepts and provide questions in multiple formats, including numeric entry, multiple choice, equation entry, graphing and ranking. Coaching questions provide immediate, targeted feedback, including hints and explanations of why responses are or are not correct.
Sapling’s eBooks include easy-to-use navigation options and include features that allow students to highlight important information, take notes, add bookmarks, and skim chapters. Search functions allow students to search the text as well as their notes by keyword or phrase. The program includes a library of videos for students that explain how to use the navigation, note taking and mark up tools, as well as a set of professional development videos to guide teachers’ use of resources. Click here to register for a high school demo account through Sapling Learning.