Reflections on the NSTA 2019 National Conference

“STEM teachers are not prepared to foster simultaneous content knowledge and language development,” states the National Academies of Sciences in their October 2018 report [1]. The science teachers we met at NSTA 2019 in St. Louis last week largely agreed....

ED Games Expo 2019

Speak Agent will participate in the 2019 ED Games Expo at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Jan. 7-8, 2019. Find us at table #43!

January 06, 2019 | Ben Grimley | Events, Speak Agent News

New Partners Implement Speak Agent Across Maryland

Speak Agent is being implemented in three Maryland counties this school year, each of which hosts one of the nation's top-50 largest public school districts. Our team is proud to work with our partners to accelerate academic language learning for English...

October 02, 2018 | Ben Grimley | Speak Agent News

Five Principles of Personalized Teaching

Todd Rose's book "The End of Average" has underscored the connection between learner variability and the opportunities for personalized learning afforded by education technology. To date, however, the conversation has largely omitted the perspective of...

Digital Promise Partners With Speak Agent to Bridge the Academic Language Gap

Digital Promise Global's Learner Variability Project has partnered with Speak Agent to further the mission that all students, regardless of their learner variability, master the academic language and vocabulary they need to succeed. Digital Promise is helping...

The Story Behind Vocab Lab

"Vocab Lab" is a word analysis game on Speak Agent that began with the problem of learning "tier two" words. Many experts classify vocabulary into three tiers. While these vocabulary tiers may not apply to English language learners (ELLs) in quite the same...

Reading texts are best aligned with content, not skill levels

An excellent article published by The Atlantic (view it here) captured key findings from NAEP reading panelists, who last week examined why reading scores have remained flat for two decades.

The Story Behind the NSF Study

My last blog post described the NSF-funded study that Rockman et al conducted at Manor (pronounced MAY-ner) Independent School District. It was all about facts and data. In this post, I talk about my experiences, the place, and the people.

February 05, 2018 | Ben Grimley | Stories from the Classroom

NSF Study Finds Speak Agent Improves Science Vocabulary

Research Design

A National Science Foundation-funded study found significant gains in science concept knowledge using Speak Agent's game-based learning program after just a few hours of classroom use. Four second-grade classes and two third-grade classes at...

Visit us at the TU EdTech Innovation Showcase

Join Speak Agent, one of twenty edtech startups transforming education, at the TU EdTech Innovation Showcase from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 19th. The event will feature some great companies, including our friends at Admit.me (College Admissions),...

September 27, 2017 | Ben Grimley | Events