Posts by Kristy Lam

Transforming the way children learn in Phnom Penh

LiteracyPlanet and Matesabroad have been working side by side for under a year, but have made leaps in this short time. Matesabroad is a grassroots Australian organisation that supports schools providing free education in the squatter communities of Phnom Penh. Previously up to half of the students in these communities did not complete primary school,…

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Word Mania — Exclusive Edition 2020 Champions Announced!

LiteracyPlanet’s Word Mania “Exclusive Edition 2020” has wrapped up with a bang! A total of 1,448 schools from 53 countries around the world joined in for 5 dynamic weeks from 25th May to compete for certificates and prizes. It was a close competition with over 56 million words built and 2.2 million games played!  This…

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Checklist: How to help parents support student learning at home

When students learning moves away from a classroom setting and into the home, the disruption can cause stress for both students and parents. Here is a simple guide to coping with this change, to ensure that learning continues in the most effective way. Get the printable version by clicking here. 1. Routine: Having a routine…

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Checklist: How prepared is your school for COVID-19?

During this difficult time where the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a global pandemic, navigating the disruption it has caused in schools can be tough for teachers and educators. Here is a simple checklist to prepare your school for potential closure. Get the printable version by clicking here. 1. Be safe and be informed. Get…

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How LiteracyPlanet’s Spelling program works

The ability to sound out each phoneme and recognise whole words on sight is reinforced by LiteracyPlanet’s Spelling Program that includes every phoneme, morpheme and lexeme in the English language. Every lesson includes instruction on the etymology or meaning of each word in context, enabling the student to not only learn how to spell the…

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How LiteracyPlanet’s Sight Words program works

The explicit teaching of letter-sound correspondences is essential to acquire synthetic phonics knowledge, although not sufficient on its own. Analytic phonics – the identification of a whole word (blue) and its consonant blends (br as in bread) – is also essential, as it helps students recognise words that cannot be sounded out (these are often…

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How LiteracyPlanet’s Phonics program works

The systematic and explicit teaching of synthetic phonics has been identified by literacy practitioners in the US, Australia, and the UK as one of the most effective strategies for students to develop their phonemic awareness. Synthetic phonics is the identification and blending of the 44 unique sounds that make up all the words in the…

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How Artificial Intelligence Helps Teachers Improve Literacy Outcomes

Closing the connectivity gap and improving access to digital resources in classrooms has been a priority for education systems in many countries over the past decade. Equitable access is recognised as critical for educational opportunity. Today, digital resources are often integral to subject learning. Most teachers use them regularly, and most educators believe they have…

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Gamification in the K-12 Classroom

The use of gamified resources is growing in school classrooms. So what exactly is gamification, why gamify learning, and how does it improve outcomes? Gamification is the integration of game principles, mechanics and design techniques into a non-game based context or activity. It is different to game-based learning, such as learning how to problem-solve by…

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