The use of educational technology in the classroom continues to increase, with a new report showing that school “spending on adaptive learning technology products topped $41 million in each of the last two years – and it has tripled since 2013,” according to EdWeek Market Brief. The investment and implementation of EdTech, especially adaptive learning programs, will almost certainly continue to grow in the future as well.
Chief Executive Officer Richard Collins and seven colleagues launched Istation, the animated e-learning platform, in 1998 to help engage elementary and middle school students in math, reading, and Spanish while supporting teachers with assessment tools. Istation provides an immersive environment that inspires students to learn while also empowering teachers and supporting their need to differentiate instruction for a broad range of learners. Considered to be at the forefront of the educational technology sector, Istation has over 4 million student subscribers serving over 8,900 campuses in the United States and around the world.
Istation’s adaptive curriculum delivers intervention, growth, and enrichment for students based on their skills and needs
Istation’s educational technology is built for teachers by teachers, with Istation’s employees boasting over 1,000 years of collective teaching experience. Winner of several national educational technology awards, the Istation program puts more instructional time in the classroom through small-group and collaborative instruction. Istation’s innovative reading, math, and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment that inspires them to learn. Istation integrates instruction and technology seamlessly, allowing students to drive their instruction. When using Istation programs, students’ attitudes towards learning notably increase as they are immersed in an environment, unlike their usual instruction.
Istation also provides teachers, schools, and districts with direct instruction on how to implement and best utilize the program and offer continuing support through live seminars and webinars. Istation’s education technology is uniquely effective because it enables teachers to move toward student-centered learning and empowers educators to become facilitators and collaborators, driving instruction from rote memorization to vital problem-solving skills.
Istation’s adaptive curriculum delivers intervention, growth, and enrichment for students based on their skills and needs. By providing a learning environment that adapts to each unique skill and need, Istation’s curriculum fosters independent thinking and gives all students a way to exceed their expectations.
The flexible teacher resources support over 4,000 diverse, teacher-directed lessons that align with a student’s results and are based on the student’s specific needs. Istation’s automatic monthly reporting helps teachers pinpoint each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and Istation provides recommendations for specific teacher-directed lessons to target skills where students show room for growth. Istation provides at-home connections where families and guardians have 24-7 access to easy-to-use supplemental instruction, which enables progress monitoring outside of traditional school settings.
As Istation expands its content year after year, new approaches are implemented to enhance student engagement and agency. Our latest middle school reading instruction embraces the current principles of game-based learning with direction in design and development from middle school students across the country. The student agency built into our program allows students to forge their path through branching narratives. This creates real and lasting experience by offering choices with visible outcomes. A recent independent study, using mixed-method, quasi-experimental designs, found that Istation had a statistically significant effect on the literacy learning of students in the study. The study also concluded that Istation can serve as a more knowledgeable solution as students develop some early literacy skills. Results indicated that Istation had a statistically significant effect on the early literacy skills of the kindergarten students studied, and 17.7% of their growth can be attributed to Istation usage.