Integrating technology into ELA instruction

Over the past couple of months, I have been working to increase the amount of technology I integrate into my instruction. I have always loved ed-tech, but I have struggled with ways to incorporate it within levelized reading instruction. Well, I think I've found the answer...

Newsela has been a bit of a hero for me. As a teacher, you sign up for an account. With your account, you then set up a class for your students. Each kiddo gets his own logon information, and you are able to assign articles to your students. Here's where it gets really good.

Each article is available at 5 different lexile levels. The text becomes more or less complex depending on the level you choose! You can assign levels, and the kids can adjust them as needed. If a student is really struggling with a text, he can hit the minus button in the blue task bar to lower the level. If they are zooming through it, they can level up with the plus sign. 

Most articles have a quiz associated with this addressing targeted anchor stardards. You can identify the anchor standards by hovering over the lightbulb icon at the top of the article.

The tests are automatically differentiated depending on the lexile level of the article, while still addressing the same common standard.

Seriously- just going to let that sink in.  Automatically differentiated.



AUTOMATICALLY DIFFERENTIATED! I love this. I can't get enough of it. The needs of all students are met with similar articles and questions. We can still have class discussions about the topic, because they all learned about the same thing! All of this with really minimal teacher prep.  

You can even annotate the text with (or for) the students.

There is no special tool- just use your cursor to highlight the text, and the colors and annotate field pop up. 

You can track progress through your teacher account. It will show the student progress through quizzes, scores, and article lexile level.

I haven't used mine enough to have significant progress in my students, so this is the generic sample from the website. We definitely are not at 1223 quizzes taken! :)

I've used it a few times with my students and they have really enjoyed it. They get to use the coveted iPads, and I get to track their progress with differentiated material. The articles are non-fiction to address the common core non-fiction requirements, and also based in current events to increase student engagement. Best of all- it's free!  Check it out. 

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  1. I LOVE this website! I have been sharing it with all my teachers (I am a tech integration teacher) and it is great. My only concern is that when the "PRO trial" runs out the teacher will no longer have access to the students' quiz results or reading level. All the parts of the teacher dashboard go away as well as the "Binder." I even looked into purchasing the "PRO" version, but it is about $16 per student - very pricey!!

    Great resource, maybe we can figure out a way to use it just as much when the trial runs out!

    1. I definitely agree- I am still in pro trial and have the same reservations! From what I understand, the free version just has a bit less reporting (no graphs, long term results, etc) and I am ok with that- especially for $15 per kid! Ouch.


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