Interactive education has been gaining more and more ground on the outdated traditional classroom. One of the most popular and useful digital teaching tools is iReady. Employed by many educational systems throughout the United States, including the massive New York Department of Education.
What is iReady?
iReady is an interactive online learning suite designed to provide individualized, specialized instruction to children. iReady consists of a set of diagnostic and instructional tools based on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and English.
To begin, students must take an assessment to determine the academic competencies of each student in math and reading. This test is adaptive, which means that the test will become challenging as your child progresses, although the questions will become more comfortable as the students develop and learn the new materials.
iReady uses this data to create individualized education programs for each student. You can let iReady automatically customize the instruction, or you can use that information to develop personalized instruction activities for individual students or small groups.
Teachers have precise control over the lessons taught and the progress of your students, as well as various assessment reports. You must remember that the assessments must be done several times during the school year.
iReady Lesson Activities
iReady offers lessons divided into three parts: a tutorial, a guided practice, and an assessment activity. Students receive comments and feedback in real time and obtain rewards after finishing the lessons, encouraging their interest in learning.
Each student can choose a topic and a coach within a simplified interface, and they can even read the learning material. Each lesson includes a cast of several animated characters that guide students through each task.
The minimum predetermined percentage to pass the iReady lessons is 70%, but schools can adjust that percentage. Parents and students should ask the teacher what percentage is necessary to pass.
School district administrators have a complete vision of educational progress throughout the district, which helps them in deciding how to allocate resources, and steps to take to improve student progress.
iReady offers interactive Learning Games to help students better understand mathematical concepts in a fun and engaging way, losing the fear of what may seem like complex numbers.
iReady offers teachers the Ready Teacher Toolbox, teachers will have the necessary tools to handle both class and individual students. In the Teacher Toolbox, there is a vast repertory of instructional and support resources from Ready Mathematics, Ready Reading, and Ready Writing K-8.
Ready Teacher Toolbox also includes background on recommended routines and tips on how to use our program along with other programs in the classroom. It also offers activities of the Mathematics Center that promote exploration in the challenges of problem-solving.
Ultimately, I think it is essential not to use iReady in excess, all lesson activities must be led by a teacher, and not technology, otherwise we would not have a job. Remember, iReady was not designed to replace the teacher, rather to complement your strategies as a teacher!
The developers recommend using it 45 minutes per subject per week so you can divide it into two or three sessions. As a teacher, you should strive to be able to give your quality instruction in addition to iReady. The human interaction and creativity is necessary to promote student engagement, and development.