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Welcome Arizona Educators!

Welcome to the Arizona Department of Education ELL Pilot. Scientific Learning Corporation is very excited to work with you during the next two years. Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant will tremendously help your English Language learners.  We look forward to working with Arizona educators and students.

Join us for the Brain Changers Conference in San Antonio, Texas on October 20-21 for more hands-on training opportunities.

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AZ Resources
FAQs
Getting Started
Reviewing Results
Intervention Strategies

Quick Links

Training Documents:
Fast ForWord Initial Training Workbook [Workbook]
Fast ForWord Program User Guide [Manual]
User Guide for iPad [Manual]
Accelerating Achievement: The New Science of Learning [Webinar]
Using MySciLEARN [Webinar]
Fast ForWord Manuals & Guides [Get Help Section]
Product Protocols [PDF]
Product Use Charts [PDF]
Your First Weeks of Fast ForWord [PDF]

Documents in Spanish:
Guía Para Padres y Cuidadores [PDF]
Instrucciones Para Usar el Sitio [PDF]
Lista de Verificación Para el Estudiante Usando ‘Reading Assistant’ [PDF] 
Carta de Informacion Para Padres [Word Doc] 
Fast ForWord Information Document in Spanish [PDF]

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AZ Resources

Arizona Academic Standards and Fast ForWord
Arizona Academic Standards and Reading Assistant
Educator Brief: 79% of ELLs improve one or more proficiency levels on the AZELLA in Deer Valley, AZ


ELL Resources

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FAQs

What is Build English Fast?
Can I use Fast ForWord on an iPad®?
Can I use Fast ForWord on a Chromebook?
How many times per week should the students use Fast ForWord?

What is Build English Fast?

Build English Fast is a unique, 3-part approach to getting rapid results with English language learners. Here’s how and why it works:

  1. Prepare the brain to "hear" English. Through English sound training exercises, your students’ brains become “wired” to hear and quickly process the phonemes of English.
  2. Practice English language skills, intensively. Your students make fast English improvement by practicing the right language skills, intensively: 1000s of times, more than any other intervention. 
  3. Guide students as they read aloud. Our software  "listens" to your students as they read and speak English aloud, offering them support with decoding and pronunciation right when they need it.

Our Build English Fast™ solution is a combination of Fast ForWord® software (the top-ranking ELD intervention on What Works Clearinghouse) and Reading Assistant™ software, which listens to and supports students as they read aloud.

Can I use Fast ForWord on an iPad®?

Yes! Fast ForWord can be used on an iPad®.
 

Can I use Fast ForWord on a Chromebook?

Yes! Fast ForWord can be used on a Chromebook.
 

How many times per week should the students use Fast ForWord?

The students should use Fast ForWord for a minimum of 5 times per week, for 30 minutes per session. There will be exceptions based on scheduling within individual school calendars.

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Getting Started:  

How do I log in to MySciLEARN?   
How do I get training?   
Where do students go to start the program?   
My student is having trouble logging in to MySciLEARN/learner. What should I do?
What is Auto Assign?   
What is Reading Progress Indicator?   
What do I need to do to prepare my classroom?   
What headsets should I use?  
How do I prepare my students?   
What skills does Fast ForWord work on?   

How do I log in to MySciLEARN?

Go to www.myscilearn.com and log in using your email address and the password that you generated after receiving an email from MySciLEARN.  With access to www.myscilearn.com, you can enroll students and start viewing student results.


How do I get training?

The SciLEARNU section is one of the most valuable resources of MySciLEARN. We recommend viewing the following training webinars: 

Accelerating Achievement: The New Science of Learning [Webinar]
Using MySciLEARN [Webinar]

In SciLEARNU, we offer several additional videos and documents on the following topics:

  • Getting Started
  • How to Use the Software
  • About the Exercises
  • Reports &Results
  • Helping & Motivating Students

Where do students go to start the program?

Students access the program by going to www.myscilearn.com/learner.
 

My student is having trouble logging in to MySciLEARN.com/learner. What should I do?

Check to ensure that your student is using the correct username/password that you set up for them. If your student can't log in after verifying these steps, contact us at support@scilearn.com for more assistance.


What is Auto-Assign?

Fast ForWord software will automatically assign students to their appropriate starting point after completing an assessment called Reading Progress Indicator (RPI). As the student completes products, the software continues to move students along until he/she has completed them all. When students are initially enrolled, they are given a Reading Progress Indicator assessment by default. This is an automatically triggered pre- and post- product measure that determines which product is best suited for your student and measures pre- and post-Fast ForWord progress.


What is Reading Progress Indicator?

Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) provides reading assessments and reports the results in MySciLEARN.  RPI is correlated to nationally recognized assessments and provides overall reading scores that can help indicate how students are responding to Fast ForWord product use. 

Important: RPI cannot be administered “at will.” To ensure its reliability, it is only triggered after students complete sufficient product. 


What do I need to do to prepare my classroom?

Make sure the MySciLEARN website is saved to the desktop or in the Internet browser’s favorites menu: www.myscilearn.com/learner and have over-the-ear headphones for each student.


What headsets should I use?

We recommend using over-the-ear, non-noise cancelling, stereo headsets for Fast ForWord. If you don’t have headsets yet, see our recommended headphones. (Please note: ear buds won't work).

How do I prepare my students?

We recommend that you show one of the following presentations (depending on the age of your students) to help you introduce Fast ForWord to your students based on their grade level:

It's always best to demonstrate the software to your students using a projector before the students begin using the product live.
 

What skills does Fast ForWord work on?

Fast ForWord simultaneously targets literacy & cognitive skills using the principles of neuroplasticity:

  • Phonics, phonological awareness and word analysis
  • Grammatical conventions and spelling
  • Language (following directions) and reading comprehension
  • Academic vocabulary and inference
  • Organizational and planning skills for writing
  • Memory, attention, processing and sequencing

Most students will be automatically placed to start in one of these two products:

Fast ForWord Language (for ages 5-11)
Exercise Descriptions & Keyboard Shortcuts
Scope & Sequence

Fast ForWord Literacy (for ages 11+)
Exercise Descriptions & Keyboard Shortcuts
Scope & Sequence

These are just the two most common beginning levels, but there are several other Fast ForWord products! Not to worry: your students will automatically be assigned to exercises that are "just right" for them based on their levels.  For exercise details, go to the SciLEARNU Resource Library and search by the product of interest:

Fast ForWord Language to Reading
Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced 
Fast ForWord Reading Readiness
Fast ForWord Reading Level 1
Fast ForWord Reading Level 2
Fast ForWord Reading Level 3
Fast ForWord Reading Level 4
Fast ForWord Reading Level 5

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Reviewing Results

How do I access student results?
What is the session monitor app?
What is the Implementation Success Report?
What is the Group Implementation Success Report?
What is the implementation score?
What is the Group Percent Complete Report?
What is the Student Percent Complete History Report?
What is the Student Weekly Achievement Report?
How do I export a report?
How do I print a report?
How do I email a report?
What do report status updates & alerts mean?
What is a switch flag?
What is a complete flag?
What is an intervene flag?
What is an adjust flag?
 

How do I access student results?
  1. Log into www.myscilearn.com
  2. Click the Results tab
  3. Click one of the options available to view the results specific to the category
     
What is the session monitor app?

Our new session monitor app allows you to monitor student activity in real-time! If you want to know who's on task or daydreaming, the session monitor app provides you with up-to-the-minute session details for each student, including alerts when a student strays off task, right from your handlheld device. Download the app for your iPad, iPhone or Android device.


What is the Implementation Success Report?

This reports show you how well students are using the software. We have found that a good implementation, on average, leads to 50% more reading gains per year.


What is the Group Implementation Success Report?

Use this report to learn how well your students are meeting the weekly achievement and implementation goals.  The achievement scores—completion rate, attendance, and participation—measure implementation by comparing actual achievement against achievement goals. The implementation score—a composite of the three achievement scores—allows teachers to easily compare implementations across the students in their groups.
 

What is the implementation score?

The implementation score—a composite of the three achievement scores—allows teachers to easily compare implementations across students.


What is the Group Percent Complete Report?

Use this report to view Fast ForWord product completion details for each student in your group, including each student's standing within the individual exercises.


What is the Student Percent Complete History Report?

This report shows percent complete history results for an individual student.


What is the Student Weekly Achievement Report?

This report allows you to review a student's weekly achievement in a Fast ForWord product.


How do I export a report?

Use the Excel button in the Results page header to export the report data in Excel format, which can then be saved to your local computer or sent to a printer.


How do I print a report?

When viewing the reports, use the Print menu in the Results page header to print reports for parents, staff, or other interested parties. You can print a single report, or print multiple student reports for groups by using the Print Student Reports option in the Print menu.


How do I email a report?

Use the Email Scheduler in the Results page header to automatically email reports to parents, staff, and others, on a one-time, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The reports are included as attachments to the email, in PDF format.


What do report status updates & alerts mean?

If you see a status update or alert on one of your reports, open it to view detailed recommendations.


What is a switch flag?

This status indicates that the learner is progressing well and the system will be advancing the student to the next product.


What is a complete flag?

This status indicates that the learner has completed most of the material available in the product & they should progress to the next product or return to a classroom environment that allows them to practice the skills that have been acquired.
 

What is an intervene flag?

This alert indicates that the learner is not progressing as well as desired and may be having difficulty with the exercise instructions or content, or with staying motivated. This student needs your help and needs it as soon as possible! See the section below, which is dedicated to intervention strategies for students who may need extra help. 


What is an adjust flag?

This status indicates that the learner is not progressing as desired in the product. If interventions have not been successful in getting the learner back on track, consider advancing the student to the next product or participate in instructional activities to help the student progress.

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Intervention Strategies

How can I help a struggling student?
Should I use rewards?
What exercises will my students complete?
My student is not progressing in Sky Gym or Space Racer. What do I do?
What is a “Beat the Teacher” challenge?
What is a “10 in a Row” challenge?
What are the most challenging exercises for students?
What is a “Say It, Touch It, Click It” challenge?
What are some ideas for Reading Product Interventions?
What exercises use error reports?
How do I use Error Reports?

How can I help a struggling student?

One way to keep students motivated is to know when to help them if they’re struggling. We recommend these steps to keep students engaged and progressing.

  1. Stay Engaged – The most efficient way to recognize a struggling student is to keep your eye on them while they’re using the software!
  2. Monitor Reports Daily - By reviewing reports daily, you can tell who’s falling behind.
  3. Identify The Problem – Try using Y-adapters and headphones to listen in on student sessions, and then ask students questions to assess their understanding.  Does the student understand the purpose of the exercise? Is the student getting bogged down by the vocabulary? Are they focused on the task at hand?
  4. Focus on Improving Accuracy - Consistent accuracy is the most important way to progress in Fast ForWord.  When working with students, point out the areas on the screen that track accuracy and completion in Fast ForWord.

Should I use rewards?

Using high achievement scores and points to award more concrete rewards—such as prizes or special recognition—has been shown to improve a student's participation in the exercises, and students who consistently work on the exercises each week typically gain the most benefit from the product.


What exercises will my students complete?

It's important to get familiar with the exercises that your students will be working on so that you can help them if they have any trouble. Here's a quick overview of the exercises you will be seeing based on your student's ages.

Fast ForWord Language (for ages 5-11)
Exercise Descriptions & Keyboard Shortcuts
Scope & Sequence

Fast ForWord Literacy (for ages 11+)
Exercise Descriptions & Keyboard Shortcuts
Scope & Sequence

These are just the two most common beginning levels, but there are several other Fast ForWord products! Not to worry: your students will automatically be assigned to exercises that are "just right" for them based on their levels.  For exercise details, go to the SciLEARNU Resource Library and search by the product of interest:

Fast ForWord Language to Reading
Fast ForWord Literacy Advanced 
Fast ForWord Reading Readiness
Fast ForWord Reading Level 1
Fast ForWord Reading Level 2
Fast ForWord Reading Level 3
Fast ForWord Reading Level 4
Fast ForWord Reading Level 5


What are the most challenging exercises for students?

Students tend to need the most help with the “sound exercises”.  These are exercises that require the ability to tell the difference between sounds:

Language V2: Sky Gym, Hoop Nut, Moon Ranch
Language to Reading v2: Jumper Gym
Literacy: Space Racer, Galaxy Goal, Spin Master
Literacy Advanced: Sky Rider

In particular, Sky Gym (Language V2) or Space Racer (Literacy) are the most challenging exercises for many students. What if your student is struggling in one of these exercises? See below for intervention ideas. 
 

My student is not progressing in Sky Gym or Space Racer. What do I do?

Advancement in these exercises are based on the “3 Up - 1 Down” rule.  Under this rule of progression, students take one step forward every time they get three trials in a row correct.  They take a step back if they miss one trial.  Consistency is the key to success. See below for several tried and true interventions to move your students up in any of the “sound exercises”, or review this document "How to Help Students with Tone Sequencing Exercises" which details each of these interventions in detail.


What is a “Beat the Teacher” challenge?

In this intervention activity, students compete with you, the teacher, to earn more points by being consistently accurate.  On a sheet of paper, put your name on the top of one column and the student's name on the top of the other column.

  1. Use a y-jack splitter to listen in with the student during the targeted exercise.
  2. When the student gets three in a row correct, mark down one point for the student.
  3. When the student makes an error, mark one point for yourself.
  4. At the end of the intervention, total the points for each column.
  5. Fill in the net points (number of student points earned minus the number of teacher points earned).  This number represents the total number of steps forward that the student has progressed. Consider setting a goal for the number of net points earned; this will help the student strive for even greater consistency and progress more quickly.

What is a “10 in a Row” challenge?

The goal is for a student to achieve a minimum of 10 correct answers in a row to move up and breakthrough a plateau in their progress!

  1. On a piece of paper, draw several rows.
  2. Use a y-jack splitter to listen in with the student during the targeted exercise.
  3. In the first row, start recording correct responses by counting to the number 10. 
  4. For example, if the student got five correct answers in a row and then missed one, end on the number five and then start over on a new row and encourage the student to get to 10 without any errors.
  5. At the end of the intervention, total the number of rows where the student got to 10 or point out the highest scored row. 

What is a “Say It, Touch It, Click It” challenge?

This intervention slows down a struggling student who may be clicking erratically and helps him/her to focus before selecting a response.  Begin by prompting each step below for the student and then gradually fade the prompt.

1. Re-Label the Arrow Keys

On the keyboard/arrow keys, label the stickers as follows: On the left arrow key, place a sticker with the word "Go" in green. Use the UP arrow key for the up sweep and the DOWN arrow key for the down sweep.

2. Re-Name the Sounds

Teach your students to call the UP sweep “weep” and the DOWN sweep “woop.”  Next, place a sticker above the UP arrow key and label it “weep.”  Place a sticker below the DOWN arrow key and label it “woop.” The target sounds to sequence might be, for example, UP (weep) followed by DOWN (woop). (Some coaches have also used other sounds – me/jo, bird/frog for the two tones. Use whatever works best for your students.)

3. Teach “Say it, Touch it, Click it.”

After carefully listening to the tones, teach your students to say “weep/woop.”  Then have student say “weep/woop” while touching the stickers labeled “weep” and “woop.”  Finally, have the student say “weep/woop” while clicking the correct keys in sequential order (the UP arrow; followed by the DOWN arrow).


What are some interventions for other exercises?

The error reports can be used for the exercises listed below.  They will help you identify the beginning and ending sounds, words, and sentences that a student is missing.  Generally, each exercise requires that the student answer at least 90% of the answers correctly in order to master the current level. 

Please note: the Listening Comprehension component in Stellar Stories, Galaxy Theater, and Cosmic Reader require 100% accuracy.


What exercises use error reports?

Use error reports for the following exercises:

Reading Readiness: All of the exercises except for Inside the Tummy
Reading Products: All exercises
Language V2: Elebot, Robo Dog, Space Commander
Language to Reading v2: Polar Planet, Tomb Trek, Cosmic Reader
Literacy: Star Pics, Stellar Stories
Literacy Advanced: Meteor Ball, Lunar Leap, Galaxy Theater


How do I use Error Reports?

The error reports provide a wealth of information to help you pinpoint areas that a participant needs to work on.  These reports are located on the results tab in mySciLEARN by going to an individual student’s report.  Below the completion history graph you will find the section on error reports which contains a record of all answers that a student has missed.  This record is based on the date range.  If a student has worked for longer than four weeks, you will need to expand the date range to include all days worked if you wish to see all the errors since the student started working.  Identify the areas that the student is missing the most and use this information for individual practice. 

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