Teacher Review For LightSail

Fantastic technology for fostering engaged, active readers.

Kevin D.
Classroom teacher
Urban Assembly
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used LightSail's literacy technology for both independent reading and whole-class instruction around a single text. LightSail was tremendously helpful in encouraging students to be active annotators of the texts they are reading. Also, the technology promotes metacognition by asking students to link their thoughts to the appropriate Common Core Standard. Students were able to transfer the reading skills they developed on LightSail to a wide variety of readings.
My Take
Overall, this technology helped me be a much more precise instructor around literacy development. The technology provided me with a constant stream of digestible data, both quantitative and qualitative, which allowed me to support my students in ways that were more intentional and data-driven. The technology makes reading instruction more transparent and tangible for both the teacher and the students.