Case Studies and Video Testimonials
Here are a few testimonials from teachers and administrators who are winning the reading and math proficiency battle in their classrooms. We’d love to hear how you’re using Letters and Math alive in your classroom!
Case Study from Greg Smedley-Warren (Teacher, Blogger and Zoo Keeper)
Greg Smedley-Warren, Kindergarten Teacher at JE Moss Elementary, a Title I school in Nashville, TN
“We are so lucky to be partnering with Alive Studios to bring augmented reality into our classroom! The kids love seeing a new animal each day! We discuss and debate what animal it might be! Watch their reactions when the animal comes to life! This brings a whole new engagement level to our ABC BOOTCAMP! I can’t wait to show you more of how we use this amazing tool this year!” ~ Greg, Teacher/Blogger
“The people at FastBridge assessments said that of all the classes they tested, my kids tested significantly above average. They also added how impressed they were with not only their skills but their conversations as well.”
~ Greg Smedley-Warren
ELLs in Edinburg, Texas School District Excelling with Augmented Reality
Over 100 PreK and Kindergarten classrooms are currently using Letters alive and Math alive with ELL students.
Letters alive is making a huge difference!
Math alive Testimonials
Math alive is NEW for 2015. Email your video testimonial here and we may post your classroom!
Case Studies for Letters alive
Listed below are three Case Studies from schools who have fully implemented Letters alive into their classrooms. Our supplemental reading program with its full-year curriculum is so easy to integrate into daily lessons and can benefit children at all levels of early learning.
Lorena Falasco Elementary School
How Augmented Reality Changed the Classroom
“We want our students to be engaged and excited about learning, and we feel the technology helps us do that.”
~ Jane Brittel, Principal
The School’s Story
Located just to the West of Central Valley, Lorena Falasco Elementary School serves a unique group of creative and talented students. The school’s motto, Learning for Everyone, represents the establishment’s commitment to reaching every student.
In 2010, school Principal Jane Brittell discovered Letters alive® and knew the technology would be a good match for the culture of the school. Lorena Falasco supports a large population of students learning English. In fact, 55% of the student population is considered ESL. The augmented reality supplemental reading curriculum works to directly support English Language Learners by engaging the students with fun, exciting animals who come alive in the class.
Lorena Falasco Elementary School is located in Los Banos, California on the west side of the central valley. The school’s population is comprised of a highly diverse group of students including 55% English Language Learners and about 75% socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Because of these demographics, English language literacy at home is frequently not available in the Los Banos community.
Technology has become a motivator for the students of Los Banos, captivating and motivating them. Faculty and staff have seen the Letters alive® supplemental curriculum engage language learner students and socioeconomically disadvantage students in a way that non-technology enhanced programs have not. For those that may not have many English language learning opportunities at home, Letters alive® has leveled the playing field by creating a safe environment in which students are so excited to use the augmented reality program, they forget their inhibitions and speak or participate in ways that are typically out of character for them.
Letters alive in Kindergarten
Jane Brittell, the principal at Lorena Falasco Elementary School first saw Letters alive® at the International Reading Association Conference.
Brittell decided to continue to look into the program with her Kindergarten teachers at the school. Understanding her school’s challenges and strengths, she thought the program would be an ideal fit for the culture of these classes. The supplemental curriculum leverages technology, a commitment to which the elementary school already supports, and provides additional avenues for students to acquire reading skills. These two elements made Letters alive® the perfect fit for the school.
Integrating Letters alive with the Current Curriculum
Integrating Letters alive® into the Lorena Falasco Elementary School’s curriculum has been relatively easy.
The school uses a reading curriculum mandated by the State of California that requires the teachers to focus on one letter per week. Teachers use the adoptive Houghton Mifflin California curriculum in the morning and Letters alive® in the afternoon as a supplement. Letters alive® compliments what the students are already learning in the classroom by providing a fun way to remember letters; relating an engaging animal and implementing worksheets for use in class.
Letters alive with English Language Learners (ELL)
Engaging kindergarten students is no easy task at any elementary school. Educators at Lorena Falasco Elementary School leverage Letters alive® and other technology to keep their students excited about learning to read.
In an environment in which over half of all students are language learners, teachers spend twice as much time as a typical school focused on reading skills.
For teachers, the technology Letters alive® brings allows for them to interact with students in a way that regular curriculum may not allow. Students remember the animal’s names and are able to learn background information about each character including where they live and what they eat. Students get excited about seeing their “friends,” and asking them questions.
Letters alive for ESL Students
Literacy instruction for English Language Learners begins in kindergarten at Lorena Falasco Elementary School. The program is intended to be literacy and language rich focusing on sentence structure and vocabulary development.
Through Letters alive® ESL learners are provided with language, sentence structure, vocabulary and background knowledge they may not have had experience with before. Typically, ESL students need more visual aids and more repetition than a student who has grown up in an environment speaking English. Practice, modeling, and reality are imperative for ESL students. Letters alive® provides a captivating and engaging structure for ESL students to learn from that incorporates best practices and techniques for language instruction.
Herman Lawson Early Childhood Center
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
“To see their faces light up with recognition…kids who didn’t care at all about the first letter of their name, who can now spell it because this is so interesting. I mean, WOW.”
~ Holly Hammond, Library Media Specialist
Audubon Park Elementary
A local school making a difference
“Love the flashcards because the letters actually come alive! Children are 100% engaged, watching every movement on the board. They are also so excited to learn about the letters and their sounds!”
~ Audra Cervi, K-3 Reading Resource Teacher