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Posted on October 18, 2015 7:53 pm
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Henry Hobby
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Computer Support Programs
My school district has implemented two web based programs for struggling students. While these programs can provide extra support and documentation for RTI meetings, I feel that too much emphasis is put into these programs. Would time be better spent for these students to be with the teacher for small group instruction or in the computer lab using these programs?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 18, 2015 8:18 pm

qevaSe
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Although I am unsure of the computer programs your district is implementing, I would use them as resources. I would not allow them to replace the classroom instruction that you provide as an educator. The data that is collected from these programs can be used as tools to guide instruction in those small groups that you have mentioned. For example, my school is currently using Lexia which provides reading support for struggling students. The areas of weakness identified by the program is used in my small groups as target areas.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:33 pm

Kathy Allen
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I agree. The teacher should be the main instructor and computer programs should be used as additional resources.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 10:00 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 11:10 pm

aQahan
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I would utilize both methods and compare the results on a way which can be communicated to administration and district offices. As some programs require extensive time spent by the students for any effective results to occur, I would give them a chance. Obviously someone thought they were legitimate and I would collect data to either confirm that notion or discredit it. I would then use them only as resources and and continue with small group instruction accordingly. I would collect data after each period of using wither method and determine student growth and success. I would also have students complete a survey or questionnaire about the two options and allow their feedback into the discussion.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
  Posted on: February 22, 2016 2:34 pm

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Posted February 28, 2016 8:37 pm

SuGaNe
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I think it really depends on the student. These days, many students are so accustomed to technology that this is their best mode of learning, but for other students who need a real person to teach them it's a real struggle. I've seen students drastically improve using these programs, but others make no improvements at all.
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Solution 4
Posted October 19, 2015 12:02 am

eJeSaX
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I think the computer programs would be a great resource. The best possible scenario would be having both available for the students. Depending on the level of the programs I think some students could work on those and some who needed more attention could be placed in small groups with a teacher if that option is available.
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Natalie Taylor
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This is a very good and detailed response. Great idea.
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Solution 5
Posted October 9, 2016 11:47 pm

JabuDu
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I think that finding a balance between the computer programs and small group instruction might be a good approach. Can you work rotate students, having some in small group instruction while others use the software. Also, depending on the software, is it an option for students to use the software at home for support also?
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