When teaching struggling middle and high school students to read, effective use of technology makes the literacy intervention more engaging for students and saves time for educators. LANGUAGE! Live® is a proven foundational and
advanced literacy intervention that uses interactive technology to empower educators to effectively teach adolescent students reading below grade level. Incorporating videos, online assessments, digital libraries, self-paced practice, and interactive
tools can build a supportive, familiar environment for 21st century learners.
Here are six ways technology can simplify and enrich the teaching experience
Peer Videos: Improve Educator Confidence Supporting Struggling Students
One of the most commonly asked and equally avoided questions from students in literacy intervention is: "Why do I have to be here?" Educators may feel uncomfortable answering this potentially sensitive question. Instead, students’ peers can explain in their own words through fun videos that answer how reading relates in school and beyond.
Differentiated Lessons: Help Every Student Learn at Their Own Pace
Students learn at different rates and in different ways. This dynamic can be particularly challenging in an intervention classroom where educators must teach students with different needs at the same time. With the proper technology, students can learn
and excel at their own pace, allowing teachers to individually differentiate lessons along the way.
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Performance Data: Educators Get Online Access to See Student Progress
When intervention is needed, progress monitoring and performance data are key to ensuring advancement. With the right technology, students can take online assessments that generate accurate, real-time data, providing teachers with a holistic view of class
performance and an in-depth look at individual student progress.
Instruction Videos: Engage Adolescent Learning with Interactive Media
While phonics and phonemic awareness are key ingredients for reading proficiency, they are not necessarily what educators at middle school and higher grade levels are trained to teach. Engaging, expert-led videos can provide students with interactive
instruction and practice in those areas.
Online Resources: Instruction Is Relevant and Connected to the “Real World”
There are many online resources that connect content, reading, and writing to the real world, increasing the relevance of instruction. Additionally, these resources can enhance background knowledge to aid in comprehension and depth of writing. To maximize
instructional time, students can watch relevant videos online before whole-group instruction.
Testing Technology: Save Precious Teaching Time Using Efficient Fluency Tools
Consider the amount of class time you have spent performing one-on-one fluency checks with your students. With the right tools and technology in place, students can record themselves while reading and submit their recordings for assessment.
These interactive tools and video samples are from LANGUAGE! Live®, a comprehensive ELA intervention that uses a blended approach to explicit teacher-led instruction and online student-centered activities to help students
in grades 5–12 close the reading and writing gap. The research-based program, created by nationally renowned literacy expert and LETRS® author Dr. Louisa Moats, has been proven to yield almost two years' growth in just