Electronic Program for Instruction, Practice and Assessments

As an interventionist at a school, I have been using different types of interventions as well as assessments to measure growth.  I was introduced to the following program that is used for Math and Language Arts.  I am quite impressed how this program works both independently and for the use of skill groups.  I think that the electronic approach both compliments the teacher’s instruction as well as individualizing or differentiating education for students.  It provides explanations, practice and assessments.  In fact, I work with two different groups of students, Mon/Wed and Tues/Thurs in the area of Math and I am able to see individual profiles, how long students are on a topic, what their scores are, etc.  I think that this is one approach that could be used to reinforce a daily teacher’s instruction in the area of Math and Language Arts. The caution that I would suggest is that the program is not a stand alone without direct instruction from a classroom teacher and there should be someone monitoring the growth that takes place per student while using IXL. Also not all students do well with independent Math/Lang. Arts electronic programs, but with guidance and support, students may become more comfortable  with independent work sessions.  
The following is excerpts taken directly from the IXL program (IXL.com) explaining an overview of the electronic software program:

IXL is…

Practice that feels like play

Not only do students gain new skills on IXL—they gain a whole new appreciation for how fun learning can be! From the vibrant images that permeate IXL’s skills, to the enticing awards and certificates that are hidden throughout the site, students cannot wait to hop on IXL—and you’ll have trouble tearing them away.

Content for the left and right brain

Math and language arts are about so much more than just numbers and letters—so, IXL is too! We approach each topic from all angles, offering visual representations, listening exercises, interactive activities, and more. With an abundance of questions for every learning style, students can’t help but build lasting skills and confidence.

Practice that keeps you in the zone

When you’re truly “in the zone,” you can pick up new skills in no time. With that in mind, we designed IXL as the ultimate focused learning environment. Free from any gimmicks or distractions, IXL is a place where every minute is spent truly learning.

Learning that sticks with you

IXL is a practice environment that rewards hard work—after all, with such dynamic questions, guessing your way to success isn’t exactly an option. Instead, we encourage students to learn from their mistakes, and move through new challenges at their own pace. There’s no feeling that can match mastering a skill on IXL, since it comes with the satisfaction of knowing you really do “get it.”

Numbers that tell the story

Thanks to IXL’s easy-to-read reports and e-mail updates, you will never miss a second of your students’ exciting learning journey. We can give you information that matters—exactly which problems students missed, where students’ trouble spots lie, how they’ve progressed over time, how much knowledge they truly understood and retained.

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