CUSTOMIZE CONTENT TO SUIT CURRICULUM NEEDS

LightSail’s new Curriculum Builder's features will allow school admin to customize content to support their students’ needs by importing articles, Google Docs, and PDFs. Educators also create custom assignments and rubrics to further tailor learning for the students in their schools.

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IMPORT CONTENT

Districts can import articles via web links, PDFs, or Google Docs to the LightSail platform to supplement the existing LightSail content, and address curriculum needs.

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CREATE YOUR OWN ASSIGNMENTS

Districts can create assignments, such as common baseline and benchmark assessments, using the Curriculum Builder’s multiple choice, short response, extended response, and true/false assessment tools. Districts can also upload their own Google Doc assessments with Google Classroom integration.

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EMBED YOUR OWN QUESTIONS

District admin and curriculum leaders 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.

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RUBRICS

District leaders can use or edit preset LightSail rubrics, or upload their own rubrics, in order to track student progress over time. In the Results feature, district admin can view results at the district, school, grade, teacher, class, and student level broken down by rubric area.

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SHARE CONTENT

Districts can filter teachers based on custom criteria to share content with teachers, and assign due date ranges for teachers’ students to complete common district assessments.

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UNIT ORGANIZATION

Districts can monitor how teachers organize their assignments, core texts, and supplemental texts into units, complete with essential questions.

POWERFUL DATA DISTRICTS CAN ACT ON

LightSail has added color-coded graphs and visualizations so districts can easily act on data. Districts can break down data by specific criteria and standards to provide targeted supports at the district, school, grade, teacher, class, and student levels.

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GRADE AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK

Districts can monitor how teachers grade assignments and provide feedback to students.

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MONITOR RESULTS

Districts can sort and filter results at the school, teacher, and student level 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, first year teachers, teacher improvement plans, etc.

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STANDARDS-BASED RESULTS

Districts can use LightSail’s preset standards-aligned rubrics, or attach their own standards to rubrics and questions, in order to track student progress by standard over time.

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GROUPING

Districts can create custom groups of students in order to assign targeted texts and assignments, and easily track literacy progress.

EMBED MEDIA AND READING STRATEGIES

LightSail has expanded upon our previous reading strategies by allowing educators to share thoughts directly with individual students, color-code annotations based on literacy skills, teach coding strategies, embed media, and hide text within the eReader. School admin can use these tools to customize students’ learning, and monitor teacher use of the tools as well.

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ANNOTATIONS/THOUGHTS AND CODING STRATEGIES

Districts can support teachers in incorporating reading strategies through color-coded thoughts and an embedded coding key. Districts have access to data regarding how teachers and students use the thoughts and coding features.

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EMBED MEDIA

Districts 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.

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HIDE TEXT

Districts can hide text in order to control the content students see, or support teachers with teaching different literacy skills, such as prediction by hiding upcoming text.