How I Use It
Primarily, our teachers encouraged students to engage with the program during independent time and/or at home. Due to students' being on individual learning paths, it was self-driven and honed in on students' readiness levels.
We know how to access the data dashboard, but we have not used the data to inform instruction yet. We look forward to taking a deep dive in the data during our second year of implementation.
Redbird learning is so much more than your typical drill and practice programs. The computer adaptivity allows students to work at their own pace with opportunities of researching and acceleration. The types of problems incorporate higher level thinking skills with built in supports like virtual manipulative and just in time direct instruction video clips. We also like the read aloud feature offered to younger students.
The games are very engaging and the students enjoy applying their learnign in these interactive ways. We have noticed that once a game is unlocked, students can play the same game over and over again. The most popular games are visited at each log-in. The teacher has to be mindful of this and set parameters on when students can play these games. The anytime accessibility does slow down the progression of student learning.