Remote Fast ForWord use

Your students can use Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus at home!

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Training and recorded webinars

Use the resources below to quickly set up your remote/distance learning program.

Self-paced videos

Share these videos with your students to introduce them to the product

Share these videos with your students to help them in the exercises

Free live training

  • Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus for remote users
  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • Watch the recorded session 16 min
  • A live training to show how to enroll students and implement the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus components. The session will be 30 minutes with added time for questions at the end.
  • An Overview and Demonstration of Reading Assistant Plus
  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • Watch the recorded session 54 min
  • This webinar will help you understand how to manage Reading Assistant Plus in any setting - on campus, remote, or hybrid.
  • Managing Remote and Hybrid Learning
  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • In this session you'll get timely tips for managing your Fast ForWord implementation for students working exclusively at home or in hybrid settings - a combination of work at school and home.
  • Reading Assistant Plus Data for Remote Use
  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • Watch the recorded session 38 min
  • A live training to show how to access and interpret the student reports for Reading Assistant Plus. 30 minutes plus time for questions.
  • Paraeducators and Student Success – The Evolving Role of Paras in Remote Learning
  • Watch the recorded session 1 hr 8 min
  • Paraeducators play an important role in student success. Continuing to leverage their support during periods of non-traditional instruction can be vital to continued student growth. In this session, you will learn how paras can support both students and teachers utilizing Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus in their virtual classroom.

Webinars for parents

Fast ForWord Open House - for Parents of Elementary Students

  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • Watch the recorded session 58 min
  • This live session is designed to provide an overview of the Fast ForWord program for parents of younger students (K-5th grade). Parents will be shown both "how" and "why" the Fast ForWord program is important for their students. There will be a Q and A at the end of the session.
  • Fast ForWord Open House - for Parents of Secondary Students
  • Sign up for the live session 30 min
  • Watch the recorded session 54 min
  • This live session is designed to provide an overview of the Fast ForWord program for parents of older students (6th grade and above). Parents will be shown both "how" and "why" the Fast ForWord program is important for their students. There will be a Q and A at the end of the session.
  • Parent resources

    These tools let you communicate with parents and caregivers about using the product at home (includes Spanish translations for most documents).

    Use this form to share a student’s login credentials with parents/caregivers.

    Instruct parents/caregivers how students should log in from home

    Use these letters to give parents/caregivers an overview of the product

    Help parents/caregivers build reading skills at home

    Surveys

    Set up weekly automated emails

    The product makes it easy to communicate with parents/caregivers when students are working remotely. Watch the first video to learn how to set up an automated email report. You will be instructed to select the Fast ForWord Weekly Growth report and/or the Reading Assistant Plus Selections report. The next two videos explain how to read these reports and you can even copy and paste our email templates into your automated email which include links to these two videos. See the section below - Text to copy and paste into automated email.

    Zoom screen sharing tips

    During your remote sessions with students, you may want to show them the exercise demos using your screen sharing program. If you are using Zoom, follow these simple steps to ensure your students see the demo screen you are sharing. Please note, if your Zoom account allows you to share your entire screen, you won’t need to follow these steps, but if you share a single browser window you will.

    • To access the Fast ForWord exercise demos, go to the Manage tab in mySciLEARN and click on Exercise Demos in the upper right corner. From there you can go to any component and choose an exercise to demo. If you start sharing your screen before launching a demo, Zoom will not see the exercise demo that launches, because it appears in a new browser window.
    • Make sure to select a demo first and that it appears in front of everything else. Then click the Share Screen option in Zoom and you'll see the following two options. Choose the demo you just launched to share.
    • You will also want to share your computer sound so the students can hear the demo. After you have started sharing your screen, hover on the green bar below to access the menu called More and choose Share computer sound.
    • If you are sharing multiple exercise demos, stop sharing after each demo and follow the steps above once you've launched the new demo and start sharing your screen again.