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Actively Learn
by Actively Learn
GRADES / Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12)
PRICING PLANS / License
PLATFORMS / Web Browser

Integrates media, common core aligned questions, tools to scaffold and assess reading

Overview

Actively Learn is an online library of thousands of texts and Common Core-aligned lessons that both teachers and students can interact with in real-time. Teachers assign preexisting Actively Learn materials to students or upload their own content, then track student responses and activity using the company’s data tools. Students can interact with a text by digitally highlighting and annotating, responding to embedded questions and content, and leaving feedback and comments for peers. Actively Learn is a freemium product; the company offers a wide selection of features at no cost. Upgraded content runs anywhere from $18 per month for a single teacher, $695 for annual group licenses, or as low as $10 per student a year for school- and district-wide licenses.

APPROACH

Actively Learn’s online library, geared towards students grades 4 through 12, features a variety of texts including short stories, textbooks, poems, primary sources, plays, and novels. The library also houses materials specific to the science and social studies content areas. Actively Learn’s resources combine embedded content and scaffolds with the intention of supporting student learning and engagement. Texts feature embedded questions, discussion materials, and various reading aids. Both teachers and students can interact directly with the text, leaving comments and feedback.

Actively Learn for Teachers

The online resource can be used in several different ways, including teacher-led small and whole group instruction, independent reading, and research projects. Teachers have the option to download texts directly from Actively Learn and use the site’s preexisting instructional materials. Alternately, teachers can upload their own texts and articles and then embed their own notes, questions, and multimedia resources directly into the content for students to see.

Through the teacher dashboard, users can set up class rosters, browse Actively Learn’s catalog, assign and share materials, and view data collected by the system. Actively Learn’s data-reporting feature makes it possible for teachers to see how students interact with a text, including the duration spent reading, notes taken, as well as responses to embedded questions. Actively Learn also offers standards-aligned content; teachers can view student progress towards mastering each standard using the data functionality of the online resource.

The Actively Learn website featuresresource content including slideshows for professional development, flyers and informational documents, event sponsorship, videos, tech cheat sheets, and tips from other users.

Actively Learn for Students

Students can access content assigned by their teachers and articles for independent reading through a personal dashboard. Students can change text settings, view notifications from their teacher, and view notes and questions embedded in the text. Text appears on the left side of the student screen; text with embedded content is highlighted and the content appears on the right side of the screen. Actively Learn chunks text by breaking it up with embedded questions. Students cannot proceed until they answer the question. Responses are posted to the entire class. Once a student has posted their response, they can see how their other classmates answered and leave comments. Students receive feedback from their teachers for each question.

Upgraded versions of the Actively Learn product allow students to highlight text and leave annotations. Annotations can be kept private or shared with the entire class for discussion and feedback. Students can choose from one of eight preset labels to categorize their notes (i.e. Text structure, Author’s purpose, or My thoughts). They can also choose to create their own custom label. Students struggling with a text have the option to send a message to their teacher by highlighting the content and using the “I don’t understand!” feature. Actively Learn makes it possible to define words in a text, to hear the text read aloud, and to translate it.

When reading independently through Actively Learn, students can choose from over 2,500 articles then rate or review the material in lieu of taking a comprehension quiz. Ratings and reviews are then viewable by the rest of the class; students have the option to share or recommend articles directly with one another. Once an article is completed, it’s added to the student’s reading log, allowing teachers to track student progress and the texts they’ve interacted with.

Teachers can assign research projects using Actively Learn, as well. Students can work collaboratively to digitally highlight and annotate a text, and then merge their notes into Google Docs. Students also have the option to import articles to keep track of their research.

Actively Learn’s online resources are accessible 24/7 and can be used on any device with a web browser. The online resource integrates fully with Google Drive, including Google Classroom. Actively Learn add-ons make it possible to import texts directly into teacher and student online libraries.

PRICE

Actively Learn is a freemium product; users can opt to access the company’s free content offerings or upgrade to a personal account, team account, or school account. Free accounts have access to thousands of free texts, thousands of copyrighted texts that can be “rented” for a low per-student fee, and 2,500 pre-existing assignments with Common Core standards-aligned questions.

Teachers can opt to subscribe to a personal account that costs $18 a month. Actively Learn personal account users have access to assignment data and class data reporting, and receive a daily email that includes a student activity report. Schools have the option to subscribe to team accounts or school accounts. Team accounts cost $695 per license per year. School accounts begin at $10 per student, with the option for bulk-discounted rates. A comprehensive overview of product offerings and costs is available on Actively Learn’s pricing page.

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Stacie Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Teacher. School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

I would add a student view (Oh, wait, they DID add that feature just recently! Yay!)
It isn't the most straightforward-intuitive format to maneuver through, but after clicking around, one does figure it out.
Perhaps, automatically logging a student out after a period of inactivity would help th...

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EDUCATOR REVIEWS

Stacie Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
Teacher. School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

I would add a student view (Oh, wait, they DID add that feature just recently! Yay!)
It isn't the most straightforward-intuitive format to maneuver through, but after clicking around, one does figure it out.
Perhaps, automatically logging a student out after a period of inactivity would help th...

Technology Teacher Full starFull starFull starFull starFull star
School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

1. More items at the lower Lexile levels. There is not much for the elementary grade bands, and this would be a wonderful tool for that. 2. The ability to add your own text to speech option 3. I would need to use th...

PRICING PLANS

License

Actively Learn "Team" Plan - Plan details -- > "www.activelylearn.com/pricing"
Can be purchased by School Leader or District Administrator. - We sell in-app upgrades and/or content (one-time)

License

Actively Learn "School" Plan - Plan details -- > "www.activelylearn.com/pricing"
Can be purchased by School Leader or District Administrator. - We sell in-app upgrades and/or content (one-time)

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

This product is accessible via a web browser.

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES

Standards

Common Core Aligned Common Core Aligned

Audience

K-12 K-12

Characteristics

Assessment Assessment
Authoring Tools Authoring Tools
Collaboration Tools Collaboration Tools
Digital Textbooks Digital Textbooks
Supplemental Supplemental

Subject Matter

Language Arts Language Arts
Literature Literature
Reading Reading
Vocabulary Vocabulary