Multiple reports have confirmed the reading loss that has happened over the last two years and now is the time to define the road to recover the loss. We, at De Pedagogics, have been in conversation with school leaders, teachers and students to gain insights into what could be the best suited path to progress. Post much deliberation, research and considerable thought, here is a Road to Recovery that we would like to offer as a solution.

The first step towards recovery is that of knowing the unknown, gaining an understanding about exactly where the gaps are. This can easily be done using HP Literacy Attainment Coach that used eye-tracking technology and benchmarked rapid reading assessment to determine a student’s reading ability and gain deep insights into specific areas of difficulty to inform personalised intervention

HP Literacy Attainment Coach, a research-based diagnostic literacy assessment solution uses artificial intelligence and eye-tracking technology to assess the reading ability of a student to gain a detailed insight and an objective overview of how lockdown has impacted literacy levels.

In a matter of minutes, this entirely computer based assessment uses powerful eye tracking technology to monitor a child’s spontaneous eye movement whilst reading. This enables a teacher to quickly analyze the 6 key reading components – reading speed, comprehension, decoding skills, letter recognition, phonological awareness and much more and design targeted intervention towards the same.

A secure, cloud-based platform, uses machine learning models to perform a powerful statistical analysis on each child’s individual eye movement patterns. The algorithms have been trained to make precise correlations between these patterns they are able to immediately determine a child’s reading attainment percentile within our normal distribution curve.

Results show reading attainment as a percentile across five coloured levels and provides recommendations for intervention to help tailor programmes to both support and challenge all pupils inline with their reading level. As a part of the detailed report, teachers are provided with the Lexplore score and providing an absolute measure of their progress. This score can easily be aligned to existing reading level frameworks and guided reading schemes results and is aligned with the UKs’ most successful reading scheme, The Oxford Reading Tree.

Over the last few months since its launch, Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams has helped educators check reading fluency more frequently and therefore differentiate more powerfully to support students on their fluency journey.

Reading Progress is free and built-in to Microsoft Teams Assignments and works on all platforms that allows students to build their reading fluency skills through teacher assigned reading assignments. Reading Progress keeps the focus on practice and growth, not performing under pressure and provides teacher a holistic view of trends and data including accuracy rate, correct words per minute, most challenging vocabulary, mispronunciations, omissions and insertions.

Educators easily track and share data and insights through integrated, interactive dashboards. These help them identify specific fluency challenges and create a custom learning experience for each student. To become successful readers, students need quality reading practice. Through its collaboration with Microsoft, ReadWorks has provided high-quality texts from its online library of over 4,600 passages, which will help teachers more frequently monitor their students’ reading in Teams. 

The teachers can map the Lexplore score to the Lexile score mentioned in each of the reading comprehension pieces in Read Works passages. This allows teachers to assign passages based on data provided using AI and eliminates subjectivity. Additionally, the Recovery Curriculum Guide to Reading provides teachers tips and advice to help you review your resources and re-establish an effective reading routine.

Overtime as students progress on the road to recovery of the reading loss and gain reading fluency, the students can be tested again using HP Literacy Attainment Coach to measure the success and realign the reading goals. With regular testing schools can closely monitor reading and ensure interventions are having the intended impact.

According to OECD research, reading for pleasure may provide the most effective way to level social change and it is in fact a more important indicator of academic success than a child’s socio-economic background. We hope to offer our Road to recovery model to provide a systematic approach towards transforming a child’s whole experience of reading.

We would like to continue our conversations with schools to address the reading challenges as we believe that ‘a reader today, tomorrow a leader’.

Whether your school is learning remotely, adopting hybrid learning, or adjusting plans as you go, you won’t want to miss these new features—all designed with the current education systems in mind. For example, are you looking for help nurturing social and emotional wellbeing outside of the classroom, or need information on deploying and managing Teams for your school or changing up your Teams assignments? Check out new features organized by these topics, plus additional ones. You’ll want to bookmark this blog!

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In the spring semester of 2020, schools were forced to pivot to remote learning due to COVID-19. The questions that arose also prompted system and school leaders to reexamine education in broader terms.
Barbara Holzapfel, VP Microsoft Education, addresses some of the shifts that are happening right now. She also highlights key findings in a new whitepaper titled, “Disruptions and Opportunities: Lessons from the spring of 2020.” Have a look at this blog, which includes links to additional remote and hybrid learning resources.

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Schools around the world made an abrupt turn educational delivery in the spring of 2020. As with any major disruption and change—there’s a lot to be learned.

This report details the research findings of nearly 800 educators and IT professionals working in education, about the positives and negatives of the shift to remote learning in spring of 2020. It explores topics such as the benefits of being “unwittingly prepared,” disadvantages of being underserved, critical lessons learned, and managing the load for educators, students, and IT professionals.

Have a look.

View: Disruptions and opportunities in remote learning

How can we take what we’ve learned about the rapid response to remote learning and apply those insights to our current models as well as future schooling?

In this webinar, Microsoft Education VP Barbara Holzapfel leads a discussion with Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn, Global Directors for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. Both Fullan and Quinn believe that the disruption and reopening of schools sets a ripe environment for meaningful discussions and action to reimagine the future of learning. Listen to this thought-provoking webinar.

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As the global crisis of COVID-19 begins to abate, Microsoft is working closely with education systems around the world to support transitions to the next stage of schooling. This document outlines how the new technologies implemented during the crisis can continue to be used to support transitions back to school and to improve and reimagine schooling going forward. Most countries will continue working towards full connectivity distance learning readiness during the transition back to school to ensure all students have connected devices for seamless learning. These efforts will ensure all students can participate in distance and hybrid learning should school closure be necessary again.

View: Leadership and policy guide for system leaders

Serving almost 400 schools and over 345,000 students, this US school district has a significant task–even more so during a health pandemic that necessitates remote learning. Fortunately, the district has been ready for some time.

Read this story to learn how the district’s digital initiative “allowed the county to integrate increasing amounts of technology methodically and effectively into the classroom” which ultimately gave educators and students access to and experience with technology before the pandemic required it.

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Due to the global pandemic, nearly every school district has at least dabbled in distance learning. This document shares key learnings and examples of districts’ responses last year when the health crisis necessitated remote teaching and learning. Use this implementation guide to inform planning for the next steps—what does future remote and hybrid learning look like? What should future models of learning incorporate?

View: Resilience and transformation for the future of learning

One of the aspects students and teachers miss about remote learning is being together in the same space. With Microsoft Teams Large Gallery and Together Mode, everyone appears together—virtual high fives are encouraged!

Watch this short video for a quick tip on how to use these new features—and get your students together again.