Teachers can import articles via web links, PDFs, or Google Docs to the LightSail platform to supplement the existing LightSail content and address curriculum text needs.
Teachers can create assignments, such as exit tickets, anticipation guides, assessments, or homework assignments, using the Assignment Module’s multiple choice, short response, extended response, and true/false assessment tools. They can also upload their own Google Doc assessments with Google Classroom integration.
Teacher can customize existing LightSail assessments to meet their needs, in addition to creating their own multiple choice, short response, extended response, poll, and fill in the blank questions, which appear as students read a text.
Teachers can use or edit preset LightSail rubrics, or upload their own rubrics to track student progress over time. In the Results feature, teachers can view results at the class and student-level broken down by rubric area.
Teachers can share and collaborate on assignments with their colleagues. Once an assignment is complete, teachers then assign due dates for students, are able to track timely submission of assignments, and e-mail students and parents to provide additional support!
Teachers can easily grade assignments and provide feedback to students. Students are alerted when a teacher grades an assignment, and a record of the assignment and feedback is stored in the student’s Portfolio.
Teachers can sort and filter results to gauge students’ literacy growth based on a myriad of custom criteria, broken down by skill levels such as claim, evidence, analysis, etc., or by demographics and teacher criteria, such as IEP students, ELL students, etc. Teachers can use the filter features to create targeted groups to support students struggling or excelling in the same skill areas.
Teachers can use LightSail’s preset Common Core or Reading Tag standards-aligned rubrics, or attach their own standards to rubrics and questions, in order to track student and class progress by standard over time.
Teachers can model coding strategies for students, and monitor students’ coding strategies in texts. Teachers can also share thoughts with individual students or groups of students by highlighting text in the reader, and viewing and responding to students’ thoughts.
Teachers can add links or media to supplement both texts and assignments in order to support multiple learning styles, and deepen a student’s understanding of the text.