About Foundations I

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About the new program

This new and improved replacement for the Language v2 program includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved exercise introductions that provide learners with multiple levels of coaching and interventions, ensuring they understand the exercise activity and what’s expected.
  • Built-in coaching that helps learners stay motivated and progress more quickly. Learners now have more autonomy in getting themselves “unstuck” and back on track with automated interventions that provide just-in-time support.
  • Explicit instruction on language concepts, grammatical structures, and vocabulary, which are particularly helpful to English language learners, special education students, and younger learners.
  • Increased adaptivity within finely-tuned exercises creates a more personalized experience, enabling learners to fast-track through content they find easy and slow down when the content gets challenging. Greater gains can be achieved when each learner spends more time working in the zone that’s the correct level of difficulty for that learner.
  • New progress indicators that provide students with real-time feedback during their Fast ForWord sessions—from the initial dashboard showing their current status on today’s assignment to new “in-exercise” indicators like the progress feeder meter, completion status sign, and other fun celebrations.

How it works

The Fast ForWord Foundations I program consists of seven exercises: three sound exercises and four word exercises. The exercises work together to help develop the understanding of basic speech sounds as well as the fundamental cognitive skills essential for learning and reading. To learn more see The Fast ForWord science.

Sound exercises

The three sound exercises present complex auditory information in a sub-word format, such as frequency sweeps and syllables. In some instances, the speech sounds have been digitally generated using patented methods (including selective intensity increases and duration extensions) to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

Foundations I – Sky Gym

Foundations I – Moon Ranch

Foundations I – Hoop Nut

Word exercises

The four word exercises present words, either in isolation or within sentences, with various levels of linguistic complexity. In some instances, the speech sounds have been digitally altered using patented methods (including selective intensity increases and duration extensions) to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

Foundations I – Whalien Match

Foundations I – Robo-Dog

Foundations I – Ele-Bot

Foundations I – Space Commander

More about the exercises

Today’s schedule. At the start of each student session, the student sees a list of exercises scheduled for the day. See Foundations I – Today’s schedule for details.

Today’s report. At the end of each student session, a report provides the student with a quick view of his or her success in the exercises, along with any points earned in the exercises. See Foundations I – Today’s report for details.

Exercise features. Each exercise includes the following features. Learn more within the help topics for the individual exercises.

  • Startup animations. Each exercise play a motivating animation whenever that exercise is opened. These fun and engaging screens are designed to help encourage and motivate students as they prepare to work on an exercise.
  • Introductions and instructions. Each exercise begins with an introduction that explains how to work on that exercise. As the exercise introduces new elements and features, it also provides instructions on how that element or feature works and how the student should use it. This improved onboarding and instruction helps keep the student focused on the program.
  • Motivations. Foundations I provides the standard in-exercise motivations along with few new ones to keep the student engaged—points, progress markers, completion status signs, correct response tracking (current streaks and highest streaks), and fun animations that celebrate success.
  • Interventions. The exercises use built-in, responsive technology to detect when a student is struggling and administer targeted, inline instruction—right when the student needs it—without any external resources or assistance required. This “smart learning” design helps reduce frustration as it quickly gets students back on track, where they can continue making progress and achieving gains.
  • Alternate language support. You can choose which language students will hear during the exercise introductions, instructions, and interventions. To learn more see Fast ForWord exercise intro languages.

Exiting an exercise. While working on an exercise, the student can use the menu in the upper left corner to exit the exercise and access the following information:

  • The time remaining in the exercise
  • The status of the network connection, which appears in red if the connection to MySciLEARN is lost

iPad. When using the exercises on a mobile digital device such as iPad, students interact with the exercises in a different way than on a computer; for example, students use a touchscreen on iPad, but use a mouse or keyboard on a computer. For details on these and a few other differences, see What’s different for Fast ForWord on iPad.

How it works with MySciLEARN

The Foundations I program is part of the Fast ForWord suite of programs. Here’s a quick overview of how it integrates into the MySciLEARN platform:

  • Licensing. The Foundations I program is included in your Fast ForWord program license and support package. See About licenses.
  • Auto Assign. Fast ForWord Auto Assign places students into the Foundations I program. See Fast ForWord Auto Assign.
  • Manual assignments. To create your own Foundations I assignments, follow the same steps as any other Fast ForWord program. See Create Fast ForWord assignments.
  • Reading Progress Indicator. RPI works with Foundations I just like any other Fast ForWord program. See About Reading Progress Indicator (RPI).
  • Starting student sessions. No changes to the way students access and use this Fast ForWord program, except for a few improvements. See Start Fast ForWord sessions.
  • Monitoring student sessions. You can monitor Foundations I sessions the same way you monitor other Fast ForWord programs. See Monitor student sessions from a browser.
  • Demos. Both staff and students can demo the Foundations I program. See Fast ForWord demos.
  • Reports. The Foundations I program is included in all of the Results reports.
  • Student import. The Foundations I program has been integrated into the student import feature. See Import new students from a file.
  • iPad. As of Sep 6, 2018, the Foundations I program is supported on iPad! See Fast ForWord programs on iPad.