Archipelago Learning has released Study Island Version 4.0. Study Island provides high impact, low cost, subscription-based K-12 learning solutions in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. The new Study Island v4 builds upon that foundation with new standards-aligned instruction, inventive practice activities, customized assessments, and productivity tools that improve the performance of students, according to the announcement. In addition, Study Island v4 offers greater customization features, improved interactivity functions, and more professional development resources
For teachers, the new release offers a redesigned teacher page for a single point of access to manage everything from classroom preferences and individual student instructional activities, to professional development resources and snapshot views of student progress against standards mastery. In addition, the new Custom Assessment Builder enables teachers to build ad hoc diagnostic and formative assessments in core subjects, giving them the real-time data they need to make informed instructional decisions.
More affordable and accessible professional development options will be available too, including a variety of online video workshops, more lesson plans, new supplemental activities and digital resources that support teaching to current standards and future Common Core State Standards. For administrators, new weekly principal reports will be automatically sent via email, giving principals an "at-a-glance" view of important achievement progress and gaps.
Students will find three new enhancements to make learning more fun and engaging including new game interfaces, interactive flashcards and soft clickers or virtual student response systems. The new game interface is neatly organized by level of challenge so students can quickly pick their favorite games with a single click. With the inclusion of interactive flashcards, students can learn and practice with digital or printable flashcards with select lessons extending their learning from school to home. Finally, the addition of "soft clickers" allows teachers to instantly access student understanding of key concepts, while giving schools the added benefit of cost savings by allowing them to use the computers they already have instead of purchasing additional hardware.
Study Island v4 also includes a completely revamped high school product, called The Island. With its online collaborative learning environments, The Island offers high school students more complex and age-appropriate games; self-paced digital writing assignment portfolios; a comprehensive college readiness section with test taking strategies for SAT, ACT and AP exams; and extensive career planning guidance. All lessons are aligned to current standards and scalable to future Common Core State Standards.
Study Island is available for purchase by schools, districts and learning centers, as well as parents and students. More information, along with pricing for individuals and quantity discounts for educational institutions, is available at the Study Island website: www.studyisland.com.
Source: Archipelago Learning, www.archipelagolearning.com/