Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Actively Learn: Increase Student Engagement in Reading

One of my favorite tools to help improve comprehension is Actively Learn, a web-based program that allows students to interact with their reading in a way that is impossible to do with a physical book.

When I started teaching English 10-Honors my students read The Scarlet Letter on a PDF. They were able to highlight portions of the book and flag sections that they did not understand. We used digital sticky notes to annotate the book, very much like we would with a physical book. It wasn't great, but it worked.

During my second year teaching English 10-Honors I discovered Actively Learn and it changed the way I taught The Scarlet Letter and the way my students engaged with the book. An overwhelming of students preferred reading the book on Actively Learn and most asked to use it during subsequent units.

What makes it different? Active, collaborative engagement. 

Actively Learn provides tools for embedded questions, discussions, shared notes and annotations, in-reading dictionary, and more.

Check out the introduction video from Actively Learn:

Follow the directions below to set up an Actively Learn account and set up a class, find or upload content, and customize an assignment. 

If you want to watch more videos about Actively Learn check them out here.

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