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 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.