Teacher Review For Actively Learn

A great way to direct learning as students read.

Jamey B.
Instructional Coach
Central Community College
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My Grades 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this to help my students to read and understand poetry (but have plans to increase the way I use it). I use the media embedding option to enhance the questions I ask of the students. For example I used a YouTube video of Langston Hughes reading the poem we were using in class. I love the ability for the students to use the "I Don't Understand" flag as they read. This allows me to know which aspects of the literature I need to cover.
My Take
I like this site. I have an American Literature class that I want to use this site with. By allowing me to create questions that I can connect right to the word or line they are reading helps keep the students focused on understanding deeper aspects of the literature. Each question can be tagged with a common core standard. The site also keeps track of home much time the student spent reading the work, so you can see if the student just rushed through the assignment. Actively Learn has designed a powerful tool.