Evidence Based Education

Fast ForWord language and reading intervention allows educators, parents, and clinical providers to easily track a learner’s progress. MySciLEARN reports and Reading Progress Indicator assessments ensure every learner receives the appropriate guidance and support necessary to become a better reader and better student.

 

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI)is an online assessment that rapidly measures the effects of the Fast ForWord family of products by evaluating reading performance as students progress from product to product.

RPI Combines with MyScilearn to Provide Valuable Information for Teachers on Each Student

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) assessments correlate to international recognised normed assessments and help indicate how learners are responding to Fast ForWord.

Quickly assesses four key skill areas: phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Automatically scores assessment and report results for parents, teachers, and administrators.

Provides accurate progress information that correlates to nationally recognised normed assessments.

Automatically generates assessment reports for individuals, groups and schools.

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) was developed by Scientific Learning and Bookette Software Company (now Pearson plc).

Established psychometric procedures were used to produce a test that is valid, reliable, and unbiased, and to generate nationally-representative norms.

See the results of 23 validation studies
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Reading Progress Indicator provides four assessment levels based on the grade entered for the student:

K-1,
K 2-3,
K 4-6, and
K 7-13+

(Pre-Kindergarten students are not eligible for the assessments).
The assessments are not timed.

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Amalia works on programs like Fast ForWord Reading 3

How it works

The Fast ForWord Reading Level 3 product consists of six exercises that correlate to reading curriculum standards.

Scrap Cat

Canine Crew

Twisted Pictures

Chicken Dog

Book Monkeys

Hog Hat Zone

These exercises build on the Fast ForWord Reading series products by concentrating on reading knowledge and fluency, with a focus on phonology and spelling, morphological properties and complexity, syntactic complexity, vocabulary, and comprehension. In addition, the exercises help develop brain processing efficiency by strengthening four key areas—memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing. For example, the exercises:

  • Build memory by developing the ability to hold words and sentences in working memory while retrieving knowledge about vocabulary, spelling, and grammar from long-term memory.
  • Improve attention by requiring selective focus on different aspects of words and sentences, and by requiring sustained focus on long sentences and paragraphs.
  • Develop processing skills for linguistic, visual, and auditory information.
  • Develop sequencing by strengthening the ability to use positional cues to identify missing letters and words, the ability to use word order to understand precise sentence meaning, and the ability to track temporal and causal event sequences in passages.

More about the exercises

Introduction language. Each exercise begins with an introduction that explains how to work on that exercise. You can choose to present the introductions in Spanish. To learn more see Fast ForWord exercise intro languages.

Success Viewer. At the end of each student session, the Success Viewer provides the student with a quick view of his or her success in the exercises, along with any points earned in the exercises. See Reading Level 3 Success Viewer for details.

iPad. When using the exercises on a mobile digital device such as iPad, students interact with the exercises in a different way than on a computer; for example, students use a touchscreen on iPad, but use a mouse or keyboard on a computer. For details on these and a few other differences, see What’s different for Fast ForWord on iPad.

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About Twisted Pictures

The Fast ForWord Reading Level 3 exercise Twisted Pictures helps develop sentence comprehension, syntax (sentence structure), logical reasoning, and vocabulary.

The object of Twisted Pictures is to help the museum set up a new exhibit by matching the correct descriptive sentences to their corresponding paintings.

How students use Twisted Pictures

To work on Twisted Pictures, the student clicks the yellow paw to see a painting and four sentences displayed on the screen. The student must review the painting, read the descriptive sentences, and then click the sentence that best describes what is happening in the painting. Points are awarded for each correct answer, and bonus points are awarded after 10 correct answers.

Tip: The following keyboard shortcut is available in Twisted Pictures:

  • Paw (start button). Space bar
  • Responses, top to bottom. Number keys 1 through 4

How Twisted Pictures rewards progress

Session consecutive correct counter. The three lights below the student’s name represent the consecutive correct counter. The lights turn on to indicate the number of consecutive correct responses. When the student answers three consecutive trials correctly, a fun animation plays and counter resets. Each time the student answers three consecutive trials correctly two times, the safe on right side of the screen opens a little more. As the student continues answering trials correctly in a session, more fun animations play, which can help indicate a more successful session performance.

Session high score. Each time the student surpasses the highest score ever achieved in one session, the points counter lights up and flashes the words High Score.

Time. The timer at the top of the screen shows the amount of time the student needs to work on the exercise that day, which is based on the student’s protocol. When the time requirement is met, the exercise session automatically ends, and the student can either choose another exercise to work on or review his/her success in the exercises.

Exercise percent complete markers. The percent complete markers (squares) to the left of the paw indicate the percentage of completed content in the exercise. Each marker represents 10% of the exercise. When all of the markers light up, the exercise is complete.

How students master Twisted Pictures

The student will continue to work on Twisted Pictures until the skills in the exercise are mastered. Then, the exercise is closed. For more information see About completing a program.

Tip: For a complete list of content used in the exercise, check the teacher manual (see User guides & manuals).

Students Learn Faster Using Neuron English

Students Who Use Neuron English Learn English Faster

Neuroscientists Designed Our Programs to Give the Most Effective Learning Experience in the Classroom
We Have a Unique 3 Step Method to Master English
# 1 Prepare the Brain for Learning
Students develop their cognitive and critical language skills
#2  Practice Makes Perfect
Students practice systematically in accordance with your curriculum
# 3 Reinforcement
Students use voice recognition software to develop pronunciation, fluency,
vocabulary and comprehension.
Proven By Research
We have 21 studies that meet US Government Evidence Standards  – the most of any reading intervention evaluated.

Are You Ready to Do Something Different?

 

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Ranked the top English language development program on the US government’s What Works Clearinghouse, Fast ForWord is uniquely designed to build the listening, speaking and reading skills for beginning to advanced language learners. The program provides the English phonics training, intensive grammar and vocabulary practice, and oral speaking and reading reinforcement necessary to build both basic and academic English proficiency.

 

Providing Adaptive, Personalised Exercises to Build English Fast

 

  • English phonemic training
  • Extensive academic vocabulary support, in Spanish and English
  • English morphology, grammar, listening, and reading comprehension
  • Patented speech verification technology that listens as students read aloud and provides corrective feedback when words are mispronounced

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing The New Fast ForWord – Now with SmartLearning Technology

What if you could reach every struggling reader at your school with exactly the skills they need at just the right time? What if these students started to improve quickly, were self-motivated, and worked more independently?
Learn how the new version of the evidence-based Fast ForWord reading intervention program will bring a dramatic difference to your students this year, and provide you with one option to meet the needs of multiple student subgroups.

You should learn:

(1) What to expect from the New Fast ForWord,

(2) When to use your guided reading tool, Reading Assistant, to get reading fluency and comprehension results before winter break, and

(3) The tools available at your fingertips to make this year feel…dare we say it…Effortless!

Overview

Title: Introducing the New Fast ForWord – Now with SmartLearning Technology!

Originally broadcast Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018

Duration: 1 hour

10 New Improved Features for The Fast ForWord Family. Teachers and Students are loving it!

What will the students love about the new and improved Fast ForWord technology?

  1. Point Counter

Mistakes and setbacks occur when students rush to complete the program. Staying focused will earn the student points and that is how a student makes progress. Students get responses in a row correct and they will actually see the points there and then, which motivates the student when they  see how many points in a row they get right.

  1. Replay/Play Back

Play Back on Fast ForWord means a student can be able to rewind/playback a word or sentence with the click of a button to hear it again.

  1. Autoplay

This allows a student with a click of a button to run through a series of trials. Autoplay and earning points work together to assist the student attain the correct trials. The autoplay feature allows the students to get through the trials much faster.

  1. Adaptivity

Students adapt faster with materials and tools that they can easily associate themselves with. The materials Fast Forword provides can easily be adopted by new students.

  1. Progress Indicators

Progress indicators inform users about the status of ongoing processes. Fast ForWord meter indicator has been improved with the new Feeder Meter, and the percentage complete of the student. This feature will motivate the students to aim for a higher percentage.

What will the Educators love from the new feature of Fast ForWord?

  1. Better Introductions

Fast ForWord Foundations 1 has a better method of training students to make a better and strong start while using the program.

  1. Automated Coaching

Students who need help while using the program can rest assured that Fast Forword Foundation I, have identified and introduced just in time automated coaching to correct and help common issues associated with the program.

  1. Language Structure

Ele-bot – The Fast ForWord Language v2 exercise program is now improved and is able to help with what to listen for and how to understand various grammatical forms.

  1. Vocabulary Pre-Teaching

Students ready to use Fast ForWord facilitates have an advantage. This is because Foundation I, has combined instructions and relevant vocabulary within the exercises, giving students the meanings of words before they encounter them.

In General, the Fast ForWord Family has benefited from:

  1. Smartlearning Technology.

Fast ForWord program has been greatly improved using Smartlearning technology. With artificial intelligence educators can deliver smarter, more focused interventions and faster results for students.

WEBINAR: BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THE NEW FAST FORWORD

New Fast ForWord makes your life easier – while getting your students better results?

By the end of this webinar recording you will know the best ways to set up your implementation now so you save time throughout the year.

Attend to learn:

(1) What to expect from the New Fast ForWord,

(2) When to use your guided reading tool, Reading Assistant, to get reading fluency and comprehension results before winter break, and

(3) The tools available at your fingertips to make this year feel…dare we say it…Effortless!

About the Speaker 

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Ben Philpott
Professional Development Specialist K-12
Scientific Learning Corporation

Ben Philpott lives in Tucson Arizona and earned his BA in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

He has worked as a licenced Speech Pathology Assistant in school, clinic and home settings in Arizona and California. He currently works for Scientific Learning where he consults with teachers on how to implement Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant in their school.

Overview

Title: Back to School with the New Fast ForWord

Originally broadcast Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Duration: 1 hour

Reading Assistant Guided Reading Tool for Your Students

Reading Fluency Program


Reading Assistant Guided Reading Tool for Your Students

An Online Guided Reading Tool for Improving Vocabulary, Fluency, Comprehension, and Prosody

Oral reading is critical in improving reading fluency, comprehension, and prosody. Reading Assistant is an innovative guided reading tool that provides intensive reading practice. Learners use the tool to read developmentally appropriate texts both silently and aloud. What makes Reading Assistant such an innovative reading practice tool is its use of patented technology that listens as each word is read aloud and delivers immediate support whenever a learner struggles with or mispronounces a word — reinforcing newly learned reading skills, vocabulary, and fluency.

What it Does

Provides Guided Reading Support to More Students

Reading Assistant uses patented speech recognition technology to deliver real-time corrective guided reading feedback, enabling learners to self-correct as they are reading aloud.

Improves Both Silent Reading and Oral Reading Skills

Unlike other digital reading practice resources that only allow learners to record themselves reading aloud, Reading Assistant actually listens and helps learners whenever they struggle or mispronounce a word — it’s like having a personal guided reading tutor available 24/7!

Saves Teachers Time in Preparing Reports

Automatic calculation of words correct per minute (WCPM), and actionable comprehension and vocabulary reports make it easy to track learners’ reading levels, and specific areas of strength and weakness.

Pre-teaches Academic Vocabulary

Built-in Word Wall activities pre-teach academic vocabulary, activate prior knowledge, and provide pronunciations for new words before learners begin each e-book passage.

Reaches the Reluctant Reader

Reading Assistant provides reading selections for a variety of interests (including High/Low content) and reading levels, plus frequent comprehension checks, to keep learners motivated and focused on reading for meaning.

 

Webinar – Fast ForWord: Different for a Reason

 

Fast ForWord: Different for a Reason

Continuing our webinar series for the academic year 2017/18.

If you want to engage your students, reduce your administration time and solve the problem of poor academic performance then this may be the most important webinar you watch all year.

Teaching needs time and time is valuable. Here is how you can maximise your impact with your students.

Corey will explain:

  • How you can reduce your administrative paperwork.
  • The way you can help your students become better learners.
  • She shows the 5 secrets for you to use neuroscience learning methods in your classroom.
  • How to make your teaching impact 10 TIMES more effective.

This is a truly breakthrough idea for helping your students learn more effectively.

You will see why we are giving away these incredible programs for free for the rest of the year to attendees*

* School clients who are interested in using the programs for 2018/19

 

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Presentation Slides

 

Fast ForWord is an evidence-based language and reading intervention program that uses a unique 3-step approach to deliver fast learning gains. The program was developed by world-renowned neuroscientists to target the root causes of language and reading difficulty directly. No other intervention does this. Once these underlying areas are addressed, learners’ reading and language skills improve quickly, and continue to improve even after they have completed using Fast ForWord.

Key Features

Dozens of online and mobile skill-building exercises for elementary and secondary school age learners

Adaptive technology that adjusts delivery to meet the needs of each learner

A digital guided reading tool that provides real-time corrective feedback as students read texts aloud

Automated assessments to ensure continued learning growth

Digital reporting to track reading and language skill development

How it Works: 3 Steps to Transformative Reading and Language Growth

Step 1: Prepare

Fast ForWord prepares the brain for reading and learning by improving the cognitive skills that are weak in struggling learners (memory, attention, and processing speed).

Step 2: Practice

Fast ForWord ensures every learner receives personalized, intensive practice on a wide variety of reading and language skills — more than any other approach or intervention.

Step 3: Reinforce

Using speech verification technology, our program listens to students as they read aloud, like a guided reading coach! Learners reinforce their new reading and language skills and rapidly build fluency and comprehension.

What Results Can You Expect?

 

√   Improved thinking and learning skills that result in more confident, engaged learners

√   Better reading skills and summative testing performance

√   Continued learning growth even after learners have completed the program

Webinar 2017 Dyslexia Research and Remediation

 

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! Join us to learn about the latest
research on the processing weaknesses and early indicators in dyslexia. Most importantly, find out how to use this information to help your students. Hear and see how the Fast ForWord program can help your students/children with dyslexia.

Presenter: Martha Burns PhD.
Recording Date: Monday, 2nd October, 2017
Time: 21:00 (London time)

Note: this is a recording.
We will also send a certificate of attendance and slides of the presentation to registrants

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Webinar Highlights

10:30 minutes  One Historical View – Double Deficit Hypothesis

To be completed.

Like most things in life, the “one size fits all” approach for dyslexia intervention doesn’t always work. This is a once-a-year live webinar (free!) where you’ll learn the latest research on dyslexia and how to use this information to ensure you’re taking a comprehensive approach to treatment for your students. There are stealth causes of reading struggle; we’ll show you how Fast ForWord software exercises work to address these.

About the Presenter

Marty Burns, Reading Assistant

 

Dr Martha Burns is an expert on how children learn and has written 3 books and over 100 articles. She is an associate professor in the Northwest University, USA.

 

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