Teacher Review for Actively Learn

Fantastic for ensuring your students read actively!

Tracey C.
Classroom teacher
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My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I love Actively Learn for older texts such as The Scarlet Letter. This tends to be a text that most students struggle with and give up quickly on, only to pick up Cliffs Notes or something similar and try to fake it through the unit. Actively Learn lets me actually SEE their reading--I know who is "getting it" and who is not, when to intervene, when to let a student advance on their own. I love incorporating links, images, and video into the margins of the text so my visual learners have support, especially in a setting like Puritan New England, which can be hard to visualize. Finally, since the notes I make stay in the margin, students can read freely and use my notes if they need them.
My Take
Teachers need to be careful with copyrighted texts, as stated in the Terms of Use. Some of the texts do cost money per student, which could get expensive, but a majority of texts are available for free. It would be great to have the ability as a teacher to "curate" a textbook of my own from existing texts into one file, and it would also be great to be able to edit the text itself once it's uploaded into the system, both features I'm sure are forthcoming.