Teacher Review For LightSail

Great tool for ELLs who struggle with comprehension

Gabriela R.
Classroom teacher
Central Park East High School
New York, NY
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages, English Language Learning
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have been using LightSail for a year now. I am still looking to incorporate it to the whole class, but the students enjoy working independently with it.Every day the students read for a few minutes. During this time I meet with the students and set goals for them, as well as follow up on their goals. This time is also used to interact with the students by responding to their responses or posts.
My Take
My students and I really enjoy this product. I think it gives the students a sense of responsibility in their own reading. They enjoy watching their lexile numbers go up. I think it allows every student to work on their level without feeling embarrassed. Also the idea of reading off an iPad is very appealing to students. I am still trying to learn how to incorporate it in class instructions. I find this to be difficult because they are reading different books. If you are looking to use one book for the whole class you must purchase the book for all students, which takes away from purchasing other books. Overall, I think it is a great program. I think the embedded questions help the students reflect on their reading and also help them work on their comprehension skills.