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June 16, 2020

Sneak Preview: Elements I for Secondary Readers

BY Amy Takabori

This is the first in our five-part series leading up to the launch of Elements I, the newest addition to the Fast ForWord Literacy program.

Brand-New Addition to Fast ForWord

Driven by our mission to help all students achieve their learning potential, we at Scientific Learning are excited to announce that Elements I, the newest addition to the Fast ForWord Literacy program for secondary readers, is launching August 6, 2020.

We know that once students are in secondary school, instruction shifts from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," making it simultaneously more challenging and more urgent for struggling readers to catch up to grade level.

Elements I offers a powerful solution to this dilemma with its unique ability to target root causes of reading difficulties not addressed by other interventions for secondary students. As a component of an online program, Elements I allows for flexible implementation that is ideal for remote, in-class, or mixed learning settings. We can't wait for you to try it!

Enjoy this sneak preview of the four brand-new Elements I exercises, side-by-side with the legacy exercises they will replace.

Stellar Stories (English grammar questions) will be replaced by AI Assistant.

Goal: Develop English grammar and vocabulary skills by identifying the picture that best represents a sentence or answers a question.

A still of Stellar Stories exercise: three images side by side of a busboy making fries, a chef making fries for a busboy, and a chef and busboy making fries together
Stellar Stories (Legacy Exercise)

A still of AI Assistant exercise, or two deer drinking, two deer eating, two deer standing, and
AI Assistant (New in Elements I)

Galaxy Goal will be replaced by SonoLab.

Goal: Develop listening accuracy skills by detecting when a new syllable interrupts a repeated syllable.

Galaxy Goal (Legacy Exercise)
SonoLabs (New in Elements I)

Lunar Tunes will be replaced by Space Salvage.

Goal: Develop auditory word recognition and phonological awareness skills by matching pairs of syllables and words.

Lunar Tunes (Legacy Exercise)
Space Salvage (New in Elements I)

Space Racer will be replaced by Ocean Explorer.

Goal: Develop listening accuracy and auditory sequencing skills by reproducing a sequence of two sound sweeps.

Still image of Space Racer exercise: alien character riding a vehicle with a propeller, with game functions on bottom bar
Space Racer (Legacy Exercise)

A still from Ocean Explorer exercise: green radar image of an aerial vehicle, with game features on left and bottom bars
Ocean Explorer (New in Elements I)

In Part 2 of this series, we will dive into why mastery-based instruction is crucial to academic achievement, and how Elements I delivers it.

[Correction: AI Assistant will replace the English grammar portion of Stellar Stories, not Star Pics.]

View demo videos of Elements I now!

6 comments on “Sneak Preview: Elements I for Secondary Readers”

  1. I'm very excited to see the evolution of FastForWord Literacy! I wish I had the kind of funding that would allow me to purchase it for the adult learners with literacy barriers in our adult education program. I think it could really make a difference for them. Congratulations on a new, up-to-date feel to the programs that work so well! (from a former employee a decade ago)

    1. Thanks, Julie! Yes, funding, especially in education, is always so difficult. 🙁 Thanks for keeping up with our blog and for doing important work with adult literacy! Your students are surely lucky to have you.

  2. Looks beautiful -- Hope the grant-writing support people at SLC are ready for an onslaught of requests for help! I like the additional options for the student, such as the play-it-again option, as well as more progress information right there. I think schools are going to want this.

    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes, we're eager to help adolescent students develop their agency and confidence with these new features!

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