The Language of Content

Articles from the Speak Agent team that provide classroom resources, implementation strategies, research-based perspectives, and updates regarding our Content+LanguageSM platform.

Product Update - December 2021

December 16, 2021 | Katie Cunningham |

Hello! We took care of a little end-of-year cleanup in the latest release v2.6.0:


Enhancements for Students

Lesson Names

We had an issue for some lessons where the customized lesson title was not displaying to students. (We may customize the lesson title as part of your curriculum alignment.) This has been fixed.

Vocab Lab Audio

We improved the Listen button on Vocab Lab word stories so that it's easy for students to stop the narration during a story.

"To Do" Page

For "Junior" Speak Agents in grades K-4, we fixed an issue where all subjects were displaying on the To Do page. Now only the subjects for which a student has assigned content display.

New Badge to Earn!

We added a new "Decoder" badge for students using the Scrambled Words morphology activity.

Shorter My Voice Recording Lists

We added a tool for our editors to pick and choose only the relatively challenging words to include in My Voice. We have already start to reduce some of the longer vocabulary sets so as to focus the voice recording on the toughest and most relevant words.

Teacher Features

Class Navigation

We added a "←Back to Class" link so when you drill down to a lesson report or student profile, you can easily get back to the class page.

Student Portfolio Access from Inbox

We added direct links to portfolio items for Explain Your Work activities from your Inbox after they have been approved by you.

What's Next?

Story Spin Group Writing Activity

We are making a few upgrades to Story Spin to enable collaborative writing over multiple class sessions.

As always, please contact us with your ideas on how we can make Speak Agent better for you and your students.

Katie Cunningham

Written by Katie Cunningham

Katie is CTO and Co-Founder of Speak Agent, Inc. A leading expert in the Python programming language, Katie designed the Speak Agent architecture and wrote the very first line of code for the current platform. She is an accomplished technical author and keynote speaker worldwide, as well as a leader of the Washington DC chapter of PyLadies, an organization dedicated to training women in Python.