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3 Game-Based ELA Tools for Personalized Learning

Support differentiated learning with fun, data-driven lessons.

December 20, 2016
Emily Major Associate Managing Editor, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES Tools
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From early literacy to learning a second language, differentiation is key to keeping every student engaged. These subject-specific tools are great choices for both students and teachers; the kids can move at their own pace, and teachers can easily track progress and steer learning in the right direction.

These resources compile useful data, but they're also valuable for being approachable, inviting, and engaging. The games and stories reinforce important ELA concepts and drive learning forward with colorful images, cute characters, points, and badges. Get started with our favorites choices below!


Smartyants.com

Price: Free to Try, Paid
Platforms: Website
Grades: Pre-K–3
 
This adaptive reading program supports the needs of diverse early literacy learners. An initial assessment places students at the appropriate level to begin; then they choose from a selection of games, interspersed with mini-lessons and story-building activities. The platform is data-driven and personalized, so student responses and behavior drive the sequence and scaffolding of learning materials. Teachers can easily track student progress and make adjustments to the program as needed. 
 
 

Articulation Station

Price: Free to Try, Paid
Platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Grades: K–2
 
Though pricey for an app, this pronunciation tool is worth the cost. It's designed by a certified speech-language pathologist and teaches letter sounds through word games, sentences, and stories. Students can also record and listen to their own pronunciation along with a narrator. Teachers can track kids' progress, share progress reports with parents or speech therapists, and customize play and scoring settings. Pro tip: It's better to purchase the Pro version rather than buy individual letters as in-app purchases. 
 
 
 
 
 

Duolingo

Price: Free
Platforms: Website
Grades: 6–12
 
With this free game-based language-learning tool, older students choose a language and either start with the first lesson or take a placement test to begin. The instructional activities cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening; students receive instant feedback and earn points and badges as they move through the material. Teachers can easily monitor student progress and then assign in-class activities or targeted homework based on individual student needs.
 
 
 
 

 


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