Other Platforms

Apex Learning, Inc

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  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: 1.5 hrs per lesson.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Attainment of at least 70% correct on unit assessment.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of completed unit assessment.
  • Prerequisites: 6.0 on TABE D.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Works on Flash enabled devices. Publisher does not recommend use of tablets, however.
  • Access: Cost ($200) paid by individual program.

Career Ready 101

Website

  • ACT product: Keytrain Update
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Varies - download list.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Attainment of at least 80% correct on post-tests.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of student reports from data management system.
  • Prerequisites: 6th Grade Reading of a 518 or higher on a TABE and 221 or higher on a CASAS for distance (independence); 4th Grade Reading of a 461 or higher on a TABE or 211 or higher on a CASAS for a hybrid (class and independence).
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Through the internet only
  • Access: Cost ($2,845 per consortia, for a one-year license) paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Sylvia Galbraith

Core Skills Mastery (CSM)

  • Proxy Hour Equivalent/Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system.
  • Prerequisites: TABE Math 3.0+/TABE Reading 6.0+
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes (though challenging on phones due to the small screen)
  • Access: Free
  • Superuser: support@mnabedistancelearning.zendesk.com
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Crossroads Cafe

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  • Proxy hour equivalent: 5 hours per completion of module/portion, 130 hours maximum.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Workpackets completed to satisfaction of teacher.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copy of learner log/proxy hour worksheet
  • Prerequisites: CASAS reading scores from 220-235 (ELL levels 4-6) recommended.
  • Web-based: No (DVDs, teacher manual, and workbooks needed)
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: No
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Adam Kieffer

EdReady

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  • Proxy hour equivalent: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Workpackets completed to satisfaction of teacher.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copy of learner log/proxy hour worksheet
  • Prerequisites: CASAS reading scores from 220-235 (ELL levels 4-6) recommended.
  • Web-based: No (DVDs, teacher manual, and workbooks needed)
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: No
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Adam Kieffer

GED Academy Website

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  • Brief Description: GED Academy is a complete online self-paced ABE, Pre-GED, and GED preparation program.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system.
  • Prerequisites: Designed for higher level students, such as those working on their GEDs.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Through purchase, $1/per user, negiotiable licensing fee.
  • Super user: support@mnabedistancelearning.zendesk.com

IXL Website

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  • Brief description: IXL provides a comprehensive resource of interactive content to give students and instructors the tools to identify and close skill gaps, personalize learning, and track progress in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. IXL meets common core and MN state standards for K-12. CCRS standards are in development.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Management system report.
  • Prerequisite: IXL Math and Language Arts: CASAS Reading score 151+, TABE Reading score 225+; basic digital literacy skills. IXL Science and Social Studies: CASAS Reading score 201+, TABE Reading score 368+; basic digital literacy skills.
  • Note: Spanish language content is also available in IXL, but is not approved for ABE instruction.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes. Practice IXL on the go with free apps for iPad, Android, & Kindle. Students have interactive problems and colorful awards at their fingertips. As of 2017, IXL does NOT have an app for smartphones, but IXL does work if you login through the internet on your smartphones.  Students will often have to zoom in on the questions to see them better on a smartphone.  An IXL smartphone app is in the works, tentatively for 2018.
  • Access: There is a cost - check IXL website for specifics.
  • Superuser: Jason Schmidt
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KeyTrain

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  • Brief Description: The ACT Career Curriculum is a comprehensive learning system focused on the knowledge and abilities important for success in the workplace.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: 4 hrs per level - Reading for Information has 7 levels for a total of 28.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level); Locating Info has 6 levels for a total of 24.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level); Applied Math has 7 levels for a total of 28.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level).
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Achieving at least 75% on level quizzes.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of completed quizzes, showing at least 75% correct
  • Prerequisite: 4.0 TABE reading level is recommended.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: There is a cost; check here. DEED no longer purchases KeyTrain licenses for each consortium in Minnesota. ABE programs may be able to work out access to KeyTrain with their local workfoce center.
  • Superuser: support@mnabedistancelearning.zendesk.com

Khan Academy

  • Brief description: Khan Academy, modeled after computer gaming, uses YouTube videos to cover a wide range of subjects, including math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. It includes practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Content covers very basic through highly advanced. Teachers should insure that claimed content is ABE eligible.
  • Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour. Note that reports show time spent in MINUTES, not hours.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system.
  • Prerequisites: Starts at a very low level so could be used with nearly everyone who has an understanding of the English language.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Free
  • Superuser: Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt
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Learner Web

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MobyMax

  • Brief Summary: MobyMax is an online program designed for K-8 schools to offer differentiated learning and fill gaps in student knowledge. It provides beginning literacy instruction for  Pre-Beginning and Beginning ESL learners.
  • Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: the Work Time report, which can be found on the Day Tally tab of the Time Summary section of the teacher site.  Click the “Print” button for downloadable options (PDF or spreadsheet). The Proxy Hour Award Formula spreadsheet can be used to calculate the additional .25 time per hour.
  • Prerequisites: Appropriate for all levels of ESL literacy (CASAS 153+). The curriculum ends with 8th grade content, so would not be appropriate for GED preparation or adult diploma programs. It may be appropriate for basic skills/pre-GED students
  • Web-based: Yes.
  •  Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes (not as a separate app, but the website is mobile-friendly.)
  • Superuser: Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt
  • Note on costs: There are both Free and paid Pro versions. The curriculum and basic teacher tools are free, and any teacher can register and use it without purchasing anything.  However, there are additional teacher tools and resources, such as diagnostic testing, printable worksheets, games and badges, etc. available for those who choose to purchase the Pro version - cost is $99/year for an individual teacher or $1,295/year for a school with an unlimited number of teachers. 
  • Resources: Easy-to-use teacher documentation is available within the teacher site.

My Foundations Lab/Accuplacer and MyMathLab

My Foundations Lab/Accuplacer website
MyMathLab website

  • Proxy Hour Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour. The writing and study skills sections have not yet been approved, pending further data.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system.
  • Criteria for awarding time: Teacher verification of student work is required (teachers need to run and review gradebook reports and adjust any time exceeding the allowed maximum; teachers should also review time 'on-task,' to insure that each student actually made an honest attempt to master the subject).
  • Prerequisites: Targeted at upper level students preparing for transition into college.
  • Documentation required: Print and maintain copies of student gradebooks and extra practice records, for each major content area (math and reading).
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs, support provided through Minnesota Literacy Council.
  • Questions/Superuser: Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt
  • Resources:

Northern Star Online

Website

  • Brief Description: Northern Star Online is a consortium of school districts that offer credit recovery classes for students working on diploma credits. Classes are taught by licensed teachers in a variety of core content areas. All of their courses are aligned with Minnesota State Standards. This is a stand-alone program (not for a blended classroom).
  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: 50 proxy hours for earning a quarter credit; 65 hours for earning a trimester credit; 80 hours for earning a semester credit. Add 25% to account for teacher time with student.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Earned credit met by meeting course requirements.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Teacher verified completion of a workbook unit, which includes a short test.
  • Prerequisites: Requirements are the same for an Over 21+ year old to be in a diploma program.  TABE Reading GLE 6 on a TABE D .
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs For a quarter credit, $200. For a trimester credit, $275. For a semester credit, $395.
  • Superuser Laurie Elsen

Putting English to Work

Website

  • Brief Description: Putting English to Work combines Vocational ESL (VESL) with life skills training designed to help students excel in the workplace, at home, in their families and communities.
  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: 4 hours per unit, total 20 units = 80 hours possible
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Completion of workpacket (including quizzes and a final test) to the satisfaction of the teacher.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Teacher verified completion of a workbook unit, which includes a short test.
  • Prerequisites: No requirement, but suggestion is CASAS Reading 181+ (not suitable for pre-literate learners); use independently or as hybrid.
  • Web-based: No, DVDs and workbooks
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs.
  • Superuser Adam Kieffer

ReadTheory

  • Brief Summary: The mission at ReadTheory.org is to teach every student to read and think critically.
  • Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Post quizzes completed.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: This is not a time on task platform. A time allotment of 12 minutes per completed quiz is approved, plus 25%, to account for teacher coordination with learner.  Therefore, when entering in SID, each completed quiz is worth a total of 15 minutes. Please watch this short screencast, with audio, on how to see the Progess Report and Quizzes
  • Please watch this screencast (with audio) on best practices for enrolling learners and creating classes in Read Theory. 
  • Prerequisites: Target audience is 2.0 on TABE E to 12.9 on TABE A.  Program uses Grades 1-12 as its parameters.  Prerequisite: CASAS Reading score 201+, TABE Reading score 368+; basic digital literacy skills.  The program uses Lexile levels that are clearly displayed for the students
  • Web-based: Yes.
  •  Available on tablets/smart phones: Available on all internet connected devices.
  • Superuser: Jason Schmidt and Adam Kieffer
  • Note on costs: Free

Rosetta Stone

Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Individual learner report.
  • Prerequisites: The standard curricula is appropriate for learners with a CASAS score of 165 or higher (blended). There is also a curricula available for non-English speaking refugees or immigrants who are not literate in their native language. Rosetta Stone aligns to CASAS standards.
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Eric Lind
  • Resources

Teach Me English in ASL

Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: .5 hours for each module/lesson; maximum possible 37.5 hours
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Successful completion of worksheet following lesson/module with a score of at least 70% accuracy.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Staff should set up and manage a reporting system for this platform (using Excel), which should include number of lessons watched and worksheets completed, as well as the score of the completed worksheet.
  • Prerequisites: CASAS 190
  • Web-based: No
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: No
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program
  • Superuser: Sarah Hoggard

USA Learns

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Vocabulary.com

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  • Brief description: Vocabulary.com is an adaptive learning program for people to build their knowledge of English vocabulary & spelling. It  provides learners with multiple ways to practice vocabulary, as well as track their progress. The program teaches words by systematically exposing learners to a variety of question types (definitions, images, synonyms, sentences etc.) and activities that help build mastery. It tracks words learners have already mastered and prioritizes vocabulary identified as challenging. It also allows instructors to create thematically specific lists to correspond with classroom materials and topics.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: https://www.vocabulary.com/educator-edition/ (scroll down past the stories for details on admin tracking features). Screenshots of data can be done; time spent can be recorded in an excel document
  • Prerequisites: 5th grade reading level and higher; CASAS 216+
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: $168 annually/40 students; $312 annually/100 students; see https://www.vocabulary.com/educator-edition/pricing/
  • CCRS Alignment: CCR Reading Anchor 4: Interpret words and phrases CCR Language Anchor 2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling CCR Language Anchor 4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases CCR Language Anchor 6: Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases ACES TIF Learning Strategies Skill 3c: Use context and what you know to figure out or guess meaning of language ACES TIF Learning Strategies Skill 3d: Identify appropriate resources and/or means to fill in gaps in knowledge
  • Super users: John AshbyKaija Bergen