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Learning Plans on Demand

By Susan W. Hixson - Posted Mar 1, 2009
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Company: International Learning Corp., 850 N. Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Phone: (866) 343-5189. Email: Support@Learningplansondemand.com. Internet: www.learningplansondemand.com.  

Price: $1,500 annually for small schools with fewer than 300 students; $2,500 annually for medium-sized schools with up to 1,000 students; $3,500 annually for large schools.

Audience: Pre-K–grade 8 and beyond.

Format: Web-based subscription resource.

Minimum System Requirements: A computer with a current browser and an internet connection.

Description: Learning Plans on Demand provides online teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities. The program extends International Learning Corp.’s Rapid Resources program with new administrative features and coding tools tied to learning objectives.

Report Card

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This online program requires no installation. After signing up, an educator enters a school or school district identification number and selects a password.

There are three levels of access to the program: teacher, administrator, and district-level administrator. Each level provides access to a different type of information. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: Learning Plans on Demand is designed to help teachers individualize instruction and create an IEP (individual education plan) with assessments, tutorials, and practice activities. The materials can be printed or emailed for use by students, parents, aides, or volunteers.

To begin, an identification number is entered at the top of the homepage. This leads to a Choose Curriculum page where educators can select a subject (mathematics, language arts, reading, or science) and a grade level.

The next page offers a list of learning objectives, each correlated to state standards and a variety of coding systems (the PKL/Prior Knowledge Level ranking system, Bloom’s Categories, and Degrees of Knowledge). Selection boxes at the left of the screen enable users to select one or more skills for creating tutorials and assessments. Materials can be printed in English or Spanish.

The teacher selects an objective and then uses the Learning Plan Selector to choose a prerequisite learning plan for remediating (indicated with green arrows) or a "Going Forward" plan for more advanced work (indicated with blue arrows).

To determine if the student has missed any of the prerequisite skills, teachers can check the appropriate boxes and print the selected assessment tests. This will create a Constructed Response Assessment that can be printed or emailed. Once the student has completed the assessment, the educator will know the specific skills and objectives requiring additional instruction.

Lesson plans are detailed with lists of needed materials, designs for work sheets, and thorough examples of ways to teach the topic. Teachers will need to follow up with additional work on leading some of the activities or creating work sheets for more practice.

The program features a bank of new administrative tools, including administrator reporting features that offer the ability to pull up reports by school or by district. The list of available reports includes Learning Plan Details, Learning Plan Summary, Skill Summary by Grade, and Curriculum Gap Analysis.

The Learning Plan Details report provides a detailed list of skills taught within a date range, including the grade and state standards met. The Learning Plan Summary shows the number of learning plans used, the average skills taught, and the total number of skills taught by a teacher. The Skill Summary by Grade covers the skills taught and their respective standards, grade level, and number of hits per skill.

The Curriculum Gap Analysis, a key report, provides information by date range, school name, and subject. This information is pulled from the Learning Plan Details, Learning Plan Summary, and Skill Summary by Grade reports. If a particular skill shows up in this report as having been taught several times by many teachers, administrators have the option to examine the curriculum before district assessment results come in. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: The program is user- friendly. Lessons can be selected, printed, or emailed to students, parents, aides, or volunteers. Some in-service training may be needed for educators to use the program to its fullest potential. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Assistance is available via the Help button at the top of the homepage. Product support is available in the form of FAQ material, additional research, pointers for parents, instructions for using the program, and descriptions of foundation skills. Support is also available by email sent to support@ilcmail.com. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Building on the strengths of the Rapid Resources program, Learning Plans on Demand offers more lessons and additional methods to evaluate student needs.

The administrative features are among the biggest additions to the program. With these features, district and school supervisors can see the tools in use and know that teachers are following through to enhance their lessons.

I enjoyed exploring Learning Plans on Demand and examining the many activities suggested to individualize teaching. This material is reminiscent of the detailed teachers’ manuals that cover many subject areas. The print and email features are very helpful.

As we all try to focus our teaching on needed skills, Learning Plans on Demand can be a great assistant to help remedial and advanced students in every classroom reach their full potential.

I highly recommend that you evaluate this program for your school to see if it can help to support and strengthen instruction.

Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson, educational consultant.


 
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