Posts made in June, 2020

Important Considerations When Selecting Materials to Support Continuous Learning

Important Considerations When Selecting Materials to Support Continuous Learning

Last August, we published a blog post titled, “5 Things to Look for If Selecting Online Materials.”  If your district is, or will be, selecting online materials to support continuous instruction next fall, here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind: 

(1) Similarity of content. If you will be purchasing a product in print and digital formats, check the degree to which the core instruction is consistent in both editions. The online version will likely contain videos and tools to enhance students’ learning experiences beyond the capabilities of the print edition, but the core instruction in both editions must be substantially similar to provide an equitable learning experience for students who are not able to access the material online.

(2) Delivery of core instruction. If you are considering a material that relies on digital content or is only available in digital format, consider whether the core instruction (e.g., lessons, practice and quizzes) is printable or accessible offline. Criteria 2 on the second page of our Spec Sheet reveals whether the core instruction of the product is accessible online only or whether it is also printable, downloadable, and/or accessible offline. In order to ensure that the material will support all students, including those that do not have reliable internet service or device access at home, the core instruction must be downloadable or printable. 

(3) Ease of Use. Online materials often contain many components. Before purchasing an online material or a material with online components, check to see whether your teachers and students will be able to use it. Have a few tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy teachers (1) login to the material, (2) teach a lesson with the product, and (3) access progress monitoring reports. If possible, have a few students login to the product and access an assigned lesson. Note the issues each group encounters. Finally, check to see what type of online training and support the material includes for teachers, students and even for parents. Allow teachers time to complete that training with support before the school year begins.

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New Product: Get More Math for TEKS

New Product: Get More Math for TEKS

Would your teachers like to have more math practice problems for their students? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Get More Math.

Get More Math is a supplemental online math program for grades 4-8, Algebra I and Geometry. This adaptive program provides sets of practice problems based on assignments made by the teacher, along with a cumulative review that provides spiraled practice of skills previously taught. It is designed to work as part of the instructional cycle, generally as part of guided or independent practice. Instruction, remediation, and assessment are not part of the program.

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New Product: FEV Tutor for Algebra I

New Product: FEV Tutor for Algebra I

Is your district looking for support with math tutoring? Take a look at Learning List’s review of FEV Tutor.

FEV Tutor provides live one-to-one virtual tutoring designed to support individual student learning needs across core content areas. Learning List recently reviewed the content for Algebra I. FEV Tutor partners with school districts and teachers to determine and implement a personalized tutoring plan for each student using FEV Tutor’s “Targeted Lessons”, content provided by the district, or content from other FEV Tutor partners.

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New Product: Savvas’ Elevate Science for NGSS

New Product: Savvas’ Elevate Science for NGSS

Does your district need instructional materials to support K-8 implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Savvas’ (formerly Pearson) Elevate Science.

Savvas’ (formerly Pearson) Elevate Science is a comprehensive science program for grades K-8. Materials are available in print and online. The program focuses on providing student-centered, three-dimensional learning. Elevate supports the development of critical and analytical thinking while developing literacy skills and an interest in STEM related activities.

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New Product: Fast ForWord® for K-5

New Product: Fast ForWord® for K-5

Is your district looking for a reading intervention program that students can use independently? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord K-12®.

Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord K12 is a digitally-based reading intervention program for students in grades K-12. Learning List just completed reviews of this materials for grades K-5, as a follow-up to our reviews for grade 6-12 in January, 2020. Fast ForWord K12 is comprised of two primary components, Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus. The purpose of the program is to support the development of foundational literacy skills and is intended for students who are struggling readers.

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