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About the new program
This new and improved replacement for the Language to Reading v2 program includes the following features:
- New progress indicators within each exercise provide learners with real-time feedback during the Fast ForWord session—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.
- Today’s report shows the results from the day’s session, providing learners with an immediate review of today’s scores, as a reward and a motivation to continue working on the exercises.
- 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.
- 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.
Differences between Foundations I and Foundations II
Completing exercises. In Foundations I, completed exercises never open after 100% completion, so students near the end of their training may spend an entire session working on one or two exercises. In Foundations II, completed exercises can reopen after 100% completion, which provides more variety as the student nears the end of the program. To learn more see About completing a program.
Points. In all Foundations I exercises, and a few of the Foundations II exercises, the score adds the points earned in a trial as the next trial begins. In other Foundations II exercises, the score adds points before the next trial begins. Also, Foundations I often awards bonus points without much fanfare. Foundations II heralds bonus points by flashing the score numbers and playing a sound effect.
The Fast ForWord Foundations II program consists of five exercises: one sound exercise 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.
The sound exercise presents tonal sweeps using different frequencies, different sequences of multiple sounds, and different time durations.
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) to provide enhanced learning opportunities. The student also works on graphemes, the letters that represent phonemes, and on visual tracking to strengthen left-to-right reading patterns.
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 II – 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 II – 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.
- The time remaining in the exercise
- The status of the network connection, which appears in red if the connection to MySciLEARN is lost
How it works with MySciLEARN
Just like Foundations I, the Foundations II 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 II program is included in your Fast ForWord program license and support package. See About licenses.
- Auto Assign. Fast ForWord Auto Assign now places students into the Foundations II program instead of Language to Reading v2. See Fast ForWord Auto Assign.
- Manual assignments. To create your own Foundations II assignments, follow the same steps as any other Fast ForWord program. See Create Fast ForWord assignments.
- Reading Progress Indicator. RPI works with Foundations II 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 II 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 II program. See Fast ForWord demos.
- Student import. Both Foundations I and Foundations II programs have been integrated into the student import feature. See Import new students from a file.
- Reports. The Foundations II program is included in all but the following Results reports:
- Student Progress History report – Fast ForWord (Completion Details & Error reports only)
- Student Errors Last Participation Day report – Fast ForWord
- iPad. As of Oct. 4, 2018, the Foundations II program is supported on iPad! See Fast ForWord programs on iPad.