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Turning Students Into Readers With the LightSail Literacy Platform
Information Today - Medford
Author: Scardilli, Brandi
Date: Jun 2017
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(CliffsNotes is popular for a reason.) The LightSail literacy platform for grades K-12 ( aims to make all books entertaining and educational by capitalizing on the gamification of learning and making it easy for students to find their next curriculum-approved read. Thanks to its adaptive and personalized nature, the platform has gained the respect of teachers who track Lexile growth (the standard measure of reading ability). Measuring Student Performance Teachers have their own dashboards, where they can keep an eye on student performance by tracking each reader's benchmarks and who is reading what and when. Diverse and Easily Accessible Titles LightSail offers Spanish-language content in part through a partnership with Antares Reading (, which has lowlevel Lexile measures and representation of diverse cultures in its ebooks. Students can download texts to read at home if they don't have Wi-Fi there, and for schools that don't have a device for every student, "LightSail works with schools to develop device sharing plans so that a cart of Chromebooks or tablets can be shared from one classroom to the next," says Stein. Because LightSail is set up like a video game, students are encouraged to beat their Lexile high scores in order to...
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