In-class reading, independent reading, research, and quizzes.
Students lacked access to online texts that allowed students to annotate, respond to digitally or track their comprehension/mastery of content. They were not transferring their skills from print text to digital text. Also, there was a disconnect with content area literacy and teacher's willingness to address it in their classes.
We used Common Lit, Newsela, Dogo News, Google Docs and various platforms for reading online text, but never were able to customize it to fit each of our unique content areas. With a new, standards-based, district curriculum, we were not looking for an additional "program" to pile on.
Students are motivated by reading that is purposeful and meaningful. Phillips, like most other middle schools, strives to meet the diverse needs of our students to help them achieve in high school, college and beyond. Worksheets and paper projects/assessments simply do not meet those needs. Our students are required to primarily show what they know through online assessments/tasks. As a result, they need skills to bridge the ever-expanding paper vs. digital divide. Actively Learn became our solution. It closed the feedback loop with writing revision and provided a wealth of student assessment data in real time. This allowed us to naturally differentiate and students to engage in deeper learning.
All types of content, because I am a literacy coach. I have pretty much used all of the capabilities that AL offers.
Once you start actively teaching using actively learn, you will never want to go back to what you used in the past. It is a game-changer for literacy education!