Pearson Digital Learning has announced the new Waterford Early Learning Program Server 4.0, the latest evolution of the Waterford Early Reading Program and Waterford Early Math & Science. With new activities, enhanced reporting, and expanded functionality, Waterford 4.0 is designed to provide a comprehensive solution to take young students from introduction to mastery of critical concepts in reading, math and science.
The Fall release marks the first time the Waterford Early Learning Programs will be available for the Macintosh platform, allowing schools to leverage their existing technology investments while offering access to a wider range of students. Schools may also choose to deploy Waterford's adaptive, computer-based instruction from the new Waterford Server 4.0 or from Waterford's individual programs via peer-to-peer networks.
In Waterford 4.0, reading content and activities are now organized into five instructional strands that align with the five components of Reading First: phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension and vocabulary, fluency, and language concepts. Spanning three levels, each strand is composed of Learning Objectives containing five to eight activities that are sequenced based on the latest reading research.
The reading program features 40 new and enhanced reading activities, and a new dynamic sequencer that enables the program to digitally determine the next learning needs for a student based on his or her performance to date.
Waterford's math and science program's three levels are organized into four strands: daily activities, number concepts, abstract concepts, and science. Each strand includes learning objectives reflecting national and state standards. Waterford 4.0 adds three new science experiments to the program's science lessons. In mathematics, Waterford provides instruction, practice, application, assessments, and review to help students achieve competency in both number skills and abstract thinking before moving to higher math objectives.
Source: Pearson Digital Learning, http://www.pearsondigital.com