How I Use It
I use it to improve my students reading comprehension, and to create readers that are enthusiastic and engaged.
Pros: The lightsail app was rolled out in my classroom starting this past fall. I can't praise this app enough! The information on the heat map allows me to see how my students are doing, and therefore enables me as the instructor to intervene immediately if one of my scholars is falling behind. As a teacher, knowing that I am able to immediately see if a student needs specialized attention is priceless!
I find that my students are enthusiastic about the titles that they can choose from on the LightSail app, therefore leading to excited readers. They especially like that there are a lot of titles that were recently made into movies, like The Book Thief and Divergent! What teacher doesn't want to see their students falling in love with reading and excited about earning badges to move forward in their literacy?!
The ability to watch students thrive as they read, and the ability to have real-time feedback about how my students are doing is what makes this app a must have for me in the classroom.
Cons: Having to learn anything new always takes some time. I found the support team very key in this aspect, and found that I learned how to use it faster than I expected.