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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

DEBRA WALKER SMITH AND
THE HOOVER CITY TITLE I TEAM
Director of Federal Programs and Testing
Hoover City Schools (Ala.)

MITCHELLE KELLEY
National Consultant
Istation

ing in December 2014. We began slowly implementing
Istation into our small groups that following January.
We met as a team monthly and compared our observations as students used Istation in small groups. We
continued with the program for the remainder of the
school year. Whenever a question arose, we quickly
called Istation to obtain the answer.
Our first observation when we implemented Istation was how engaged our students were when using the program. We also noticed how the monthly
assessments aligned with other progress monitoring
tools we were using. The lessons taught on Istation
were corresponding to the lessons being taught in the
intervention and in the students' classrooms.

formance on our state mandated assessments.
What worked? Most teachers loved the way the
priority reports had already grouped students according to the skill areas of weakness. It was always
fun to watch their faces when I said, "Look, your skill
groups are already done for you." Intervention notes
were easy to input. Setting up classrooms as well
as adding or deleting students within Istation was a
simple process. Classroom teachers can set up their
own classrooms, and specialists such as ELL and
Title I can also have classrooms with some of the
same students without any problems.
Students report that they feel like Istation is helping them. They are motivated to improve their ISIP
scores from the previous month, and they enjoy seeing their progress on the student summary report.
Being able to access Istation from home was a huge
benefit for students and parents. Students truly enjoy using Istation. Therefore, we have experienced
an increase in student engagement and the students
began to take ownership of their own learning by
creating personal goals for their academic achievement.
Isation's Super 7 Essentials for Blended Learning helps schools differentiate their instruction. This
includes formative assessment, adaptive curriculum, personalized data profiles, teacher resources,
school-to-home connections, professional development and proven results.

Aleshia Wheeler: Before your students begin to use
Istation, it is best to sift through the resources. Knowing about the abundance of materials is a key to success. Keeping in mind what your true purpose is will
help you to not become overwhelmed with the depth
of the site. As a new user of Istation, I took the time to
sift through the pages and it helped me understand
how many opportunities were embedded in this instructional tool.
Debra W. Smith: One of the greatest features of Istation
is being able to retrieve the data with just a few clicks.
The data addresses the student engagement, identifies their ability and provides a prescriptive way to address deficiencies while supporting areas of growth,
and allows the teacher to chart academic achievement.
The data from Istation has also been a predictor of per-

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