Imagine Easy Academy could be used in the classroom or as homework to support a flipped-classroom model. Teachers can easily track student progress on the modules and use this information to differentiate additional instruction. The modules provide social studies teachers with quality lessons to build discipline-specific literacy skills. Teachers should consider rolling out the lessons on research skills as a way to support students through the process of inquiry. The site's greatest potential lies in using the preloaded modules as a starting point; consider customizing this content to best match your class's learning targets.Continue reading Show less
Imagine Easy Academy (formerly ResearchReady) is a cloud-based instruction and assessment platform that helps teachers integrate reading and writing standards into their curricula. Its main goal is to support discipline-specific literacy skills in social studies (and, soon, science) classes. The site includes a variety of modules covering middle and high school social studies content. Teachers can assign the modules as-is or customize any aspect of a lesson. The modules are searchable by topic, standard, grade level, and difficulty. The site integrates with Google Classroom and other LMS platforms. Students get instant feedback on their answers and can retry questions they miss. Teachers have access to detailed reports to track progress.
Imagine Easy Academy's predefined lessons give teachers an effective way to integrate reading and writing skills into their social studies classrooms. The modules are high quality, though it's also great that teachers can modify and customize any lesson found on the site or even create their own from scratch. Using the existing modules as a starting point, most teachers could easily design and create some high-quality lessons.
The lessons themselves are made up of a series of slides that can include videos, images, hyperlinks, and multiple-choice or free-response questions. Many lessons utilize external websites, which can promote a more authentic experience for students used to Web-based research. The student interface is easy to navigate and simplified to remove distractions. However, the ability for teachers to differentiate is somewhat limited, as specific accommodations for ELLs and students with learning differences aren't fully developed. At the time of review, the site was also missing a standards-based progress report.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.