Istation produces two reading programs of its research-based dual-language instruction software, one in English and one in Spanish. Both include formative assessments, personalized data profiles and abundant collection of teacher resources to help educators measure student learning and introduce new reading skills. However, each also includes distinct literacy lessons that are culturally authentic for the language in use.
The design of the lessons in each reinforces language skills both for the native speakers and second language learners, using computer adaptive technology to customize the individual student's learning. Once a month, each program automatically assesses the student's overall reading ability in that language, a process that takes about 30 minutes.
As the student progresses through the assessment, the program will ask more or less challenging questions until the software can pinpoint the specific areas of struggle. Then Istation will place the student into a spot of instruction that meshes with his or her abilities and allows for additional work on those skills.
This doesn't remove the teacher from the equation but amplifies their efforts. Both Istation Reading and Istation Español take a blended-learning approach in dual-language classrooms to allow for differentiated instruction. Given the results of assessments and based on classroom activities’ performance, the teacher may choose to work one-on-one with a student needing individual attention, sit down with small groups or turn to the interactive whiteboard for whole group lessons.
As part of the blended learning solution, downloadable Teacher Directed Lessons (TDLs) are provided in digital format to accommodate 1-to-1 and/or small group intervention. All TDLs can be printed out and made available to use in learning centers or stations as well.
Data can help guide custom learning paths but educators must have the right tools to make that happen. Download this SmartFocus on how data can bridge dual-language learning gaps and boost student success.