Tyndale Christian School Case Study

How to improve literacy learning outcomes for students of all abilities

Tyndale

The school recognises the significant benefits of eLearning. All Middle School students have a personal laptop computer. Teachers use a variety of digital resources for all curriculum subjects to help students consolidate their learning in an engaging way.

After trialing many online resources for English, the school chose LiteracyPlanet because of its variety of content, the way it effectively targets development of spelling, grammar and comprehension skills, how time-efficient and easy it is for assigning tasks and marking strategies for teachers, and the ability to differentiate.

“Differentiation is a focus for us, so the ability to assign templates at different levels for students to work on simultaneously was significant in our decision,” says Cassandra Quast, Middle School English Curriculum Leader.

The school uses LiteracyPlanet for English class work and homework.

English teachers for each year level create templates and share these for planning efficiency.

In Years 6 and 7 students often complete a template of homework activities created from LiteracyPlanet’s spelling lists, and at the end of the week they are assessed via a different spelling activity within the program.

Students often use LiteracyPlanet to practise and it is one of the most popular ways to consolidate learning of the concepts and strategies taught in class, particularly for comprehension and grammar in Years 8 and 9.

The program is often used as a tool for English literacy revision for students who struggle with a particular skill or topic. Individual templates are established to help that student develop their understanding. At the other end of the spectrum, it is used for differentiation for high ability learners, with teachers setting extension tasks that require them to work to the standard they are capable of.

Immediate feedback helps students of all abilities to better understand concepts and make progress more quickly.

Aspects of the program that teachers enjoy the most include the variety of exercises, time-saving functions like automated marking, being able to easily see students’ progress, and the ability to set tailored work for students of different abilities.

I love that I can assign work to all of my students to work on simultaneously, which meets their individual learning needs in all aspects of English. Whether they find English difficult or excel in the subject, there are always tasks to set that will help them to achieve their best,” says Ms Quast.

“I have seen spelling results in my Year 6 class dramatically improve. Some students have recorded results of up to 40% improvement since the start of the year."

Ms Quast says the program helps with the challenge of how to increase homework completion and is one of the more effective homework motivation strategies: "Homework completion has significantly increased as the students find LiteracyPlanet more interesting than the regular pen and paper work.”

The gamified aspects of the program mean the students find it fun and entertaining. It's a great solution for how to motivate students to do their best, and helps with keeping students engaged.

Alex Byrne, Deputy Principal of Middle School says: “The visual game-like approach motivates students and keeps them interested, which tends to result in better learning outcomes”.

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Location:

Salisbury East, South Australia.

Type:

Co-educational R-12 independent school.

We chose LiteracyPlanet after trialing a number of online English resources. We found that it had the best variety of content. I love that I can assign work to all of my students to work on simultaneously, which meets their individual learning needs in all aspects of English. I have seen results in my class dramatically improve. Some students have recorded results of up to 40% improvement.

Cassandra Quast, Middle School English Curriculum Leader

The visual game-like approach keeps students interested and motivated, which tends to result in better learning outcomes.

Alex Byrne, Deputy Principal Middle School

"My favourite thing about LiteracyPlanet is that it is easy to do and easy to use. Another thing is it’s fun."

Connor, student