How I Use It
Having taught everything from Special Needs to GATE, K-8, I would use LightSail in 2-8th grades at this point.
Imagine being able to track a student's reading rate, comprehension, and written responses to standards-based assessments in real-time! Picture yourself giving that student immediate feedback, or 1:1 intervention, because you are able to digitally monitor each of your students' progress individually?
And that kid in the corner holding the iPad? A quick glance at his profile confirms that he is off-task and needs to be redirected.
My prior experience with literature assessment was with the old-school "student reads the book and takes the multiple-guess test" after completing the text. Those days have been eclipsed by a hands-on, research-based digital tool which focuses on empowering the reader with high standards aligned to Core Curriculum. Reading competency increases, writing skills are strengthened, and students feel successful. Wow! This is a Win-win year in any classroom!