TECH & LEARNING NAMES WAGGLE BEST OF SHOW AT ISTE 2016
Waggle Celebrates Two Years with Second Consecutive Best of Show Win
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, July 18, 2016 – Waggle is pleased to announce that its adaptive practice platform, which adjusts the learning environment after every student interaction, has again been chosen by Tech & Learning as Best of Show at June’s ISTE 2016.
This prestigious award honors the top products presented at ISTE, the leading education technology conference. Winners are scored by individual judges on quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology. When the panel convenes, the products named Best of Show, are those believed to have the most impact in the classroom. Waggle will be featured in the August issue of Tech & Learning.
At ISTE, Waggle announced the first major updates to its student and teacher dashboards, as well as enhanced implementation services.
- Waggle’s new teacher dashboard provides easier access to key learning information that teachers can use immediately. Includes Shout-outs, Leaderboard, and Skills Boosts.
- The enhanced student experience gives students clearer ownership of their own learning through My Progress views, historical views for achievement, and more.
- The redesigned Waggle Works Care Team provides advanced professional development, regular data reviews with schools, and ongoing customer care.
Waggle will also roll out Google Single Sign-On (SSO) this fall as part of a continued effort to respond to user requests.
Suggested Tweet: Celebrating two years of award-winning adaptive practice, @WagglePractice wins second consecutive Best of Show award at #ISTE2016!
- Video: Waggle in the School
- Case Study: Urban, High-Poverty Charter School Demonstrates Significant Gains with Waggle
- Teacher Editorial: Educating in the 21st Century
- White Paper: Productive Struggle for Deeper Learning
Waggle is adaptive practice for ELA and Math, grades 2-8, that adapts the learning environment after every student interaction to produce meaningful practice and real understanding. Productive struggle motivates students through helpful hints, supportive feedback, and achievement badges that build grit and confidence. Through real-time insights, teachers discover exactly how each student struggles or excels and achieve true, data-driven differentiation. Waggle launched in 2014 and has already garnered numerous accolades, including the 2016 CODiE Award for Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution, Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 & 2015 Best of Show, Learning Magazine’s 2016 Teachers’ Choice Award, and District Administration’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Top Products. For more information, visit www.WagglePractice.com.
Studies Show that ThinkCERCA Improves Students’ Literacy Skills and Test Scores
Three different efficacy studies confirm the award-winning literacy platform’s impact, including 4 years of grade-level growth for 7th-graders
(CHICAGO) July 19, 2016 — ThinkCERCA, a leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, today announced results of three efficacy studies showing that the program improves the teaching and learning of close reading and academic writing. ThinkCERCA offers literacy lessons for English language arts, math, science, and social studies for grades 4–12, applying the CERCA Framework to help students build critical thinking skills using five steps: Claims, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterarguments, and Audience.
ThinkCERCA was part of the 2014–2015 LEAP Innovations Pilot Network, whose mission was “identifying the most promising innovations, piloting these innovations with educators and students in the classroom, and evaluating the results.” Of 26 tools used in the study, ThinkCERCA led to the most student growth—four times more than the second best tool.
Students using ThinkCERCA scored 6.29 points higher on the NWEA MAP than the control group did. LEAP’s “Finding What Works” report put that improvement in perspective: “This is equivalent to closing the achievement gap by 264% for low-income students, 456% for black students, and 749% for Hispanic students.”
Additionally, ThinkCERCA was the subject of an extensive study in Chicago Public Schools. Atlantic Research Partners wrote in their report, “Literacy Instruction with ThinkCERCA,” “Overall, students in grade levels with significant use of ThinkCERCA outperformed their peers nationally on NWEA growth at different attainment levels.” The most dramatic improvements in the 2014–2015 school year were in the 5th and 7th grades, where students using ThinkCERCA showed 3 and 4 years of grade-level growth, respectively.
In a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge Evaluation conducted by SRI Education, large majorities of teachers said that ThinkCERCA led them to give more writing assignments, provided students with more immediate feedback than otherwise would have been possible, and allowed them to differentiate assignments and spend more time supporting the needs of individual students. Two-thirds of teachers reported that they would “definitely” recommend ThinkCERCA to another teacher.
Two-thirds of teachers who participated in the study also said that “their students’ writing skills improved, they were more engaged as writers, and gained more confidence as writers resulting from use of the product.” More than three-quarters of teachers reported that students’ reading skills improved as a result of using ThinkCERCA.
“These three efficacy studies are powerful third-party validation of ThinkCERCA,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, the CEO and founder of ThinkCERCA. “The data shows that, in a variety of district settings, teachers found that ThinkCERCA dramatically improved the reading and writing skills of students of different ages and abilities. Our systems-level solution now gives superintendents the ability to improve instruction in these skills on a very large scale.”
The ThinkCERCA lesson library, which is accessible from any device with an Internet connection, features a curated array of applied reading and writing lessons, independent reading lessons, direct instruction lessons, passages, and automated and constructed response assessments. Its lessons include authentic informational and literary texts from real-world sources and support 10 different levels of readiness to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Close reading is activated in instructional settings through discipline-specific highlighting and summarizing practice, as well as in-text vocabulary and audio support. Writing practice is supported by ThinkCERCA’s scaffolded, interactive Argument Builder tool, rigorous writing prompts, and standards-aligned sentence frames.
ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps teachers grow students’ critical reading and writing powers. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA has also been named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator. To learn more, please visit ThinkCERCA.com.
Personalizing Online Learning with Atomic Learning’s New Learning Model
Little Falls, MN – July 19, 2016 – Last year Atomic Learning boldly stated its commitment to revolutionizing education, and they haven’t looked back since. Intensive research and development, constant customer feedback, and forward-facing product summits have led to the development of a new way to experience learning: The Hoonuit Online Learning Framework.
Understanding that learning is not a linear path and that each individual learns differently, the new Hoonuit Online Learning Framework works to both enhance and personalize online learning using four components:
|Learn from Best Practices||Apply Learning to Life||Connect and Get Feedback||Document Learning|
Atomic Learning’s well-established experience as a trusted online learning resource has helped in the development of this new model. Director of Product Management and Marketing at Atomic Learning, Emily Lachinski, stated “The Hoonuit framework is designed to be flexible and allow learners to learn what they need, when they need it. While the framework offers structure, it also provides learners also have the option to jump from one area to another to suit their learning style.”
Lachinski further explained this personalized approach, saying “For instance, a learner can jump right to a ProveIt activity if they are comfortable with the topic at hand.”
All of the conceptual learning resources included in Atomic Learning’s vast digital learning library are now available in this new LearnIt. DoIt. ShareIt. ProveIt. format. Just some of the many topics covered include shifting instructional approaches, addressing student engagement and retention, and supporting effective technology integration.
In addition to their model, Atomic Learning has also significantly updated the interface of their Website to make learning more engaging and easier to use.
To further explain these enhancements, here is a short overview video.
About Atomic Learning
Headquartered in Little Falls, Minnesota, Atomic Learning is dedicated to education. Through online professional learning resources focused on educational best practices, we help schools, districts, colleges, and universities prepare learners of all ages with the skills they need for success in college, career, and beyond. Learn more about Atomic Learning, including career opportunities, at www.AtomicLearning.com.