Lightsail Accelerates Literacy Development And Fosters A Love Of Reading
Don’t sacrifice the joy of reading to achieve real growth in your literacy programs. In fact, engagement and motivation are key drivers of a success. That’s why we built LightSail’s adaptive literacy solution to embed engagement, motivation, assessment and student growth data into a reading experience that students – and teachers – love.
With LightSail, you don’t have to make big changes to the way you already teach to get the results you want. Whether you have an independent reading program, teach guided reading or plan to focus on whole-class novels, LightSail gives you the tools you need to transform your current approach.
Let LightSail help you harness the power of “Going Digital” to create a school filled with readers.
LightSail delivers the books and texts that kids want to read and teachers want to teach. Our instructional team has assessed more than 6,000 of the most popular texts from 75+ publishers.
Starting with an initial adaptive assessment, LightSail automatically creates “just right” libraries for each of your students based on their reading abilities. A free library of 1,600 assessed titles is included with LightSail in order to get your digital program off the ground. As your school’s library grows, access to our wide variety of digital texts will ensure engaging content – regardless of interest or reading level.
Progress monitoring is embedded into daily practice in a natural way. Students answer multiple-choice, written-response, and Cloze assessments throughout each text. As student ability grows, LightSail tracks achievement and updates the selections in each reader’s library – that way, students are always reading just right texts.
LightSail’s educators have also built several key motivators into the app! Students can track their progress against individual reading goals, check their Lexile scores and the number of texts they’ve completed and show off their achievement badges – all via their personal data dashboard. Readers can also chat with peers and teachers during the reading experience using LightSail’s in-app social network.
LightSail was designed to tackle the logistical burden of differentiation in the ELA classroom, so teachers can focus on what really matters – targeted instruction.
Educators get real-time access to meaningful data about student reading behavior, comprehension and growth. With access to student annotations and dashboards that show both individual as well as class performance, teachers are able to fine-tune instruction in ways that were rarely possible before.
In 2015, LightSail’s SummerSail Reading Program provided at-risk middle school students with access to LightSail for seven weeks in an effort to combat “summer slide” — a phenomenon by which economically disadvantaged children rarely read during the summer as compared to their more advantaged peers.
This research study evaluates the program’s impact and outcomes for 280 students from in a large urban school district.