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 - October 2019

October 30, 2019 | Katie Cunningham |

Speak Agent version 1.9.6 is a minor release that cleans up many small issues and adds several enhancements requested by some of our favorite teachers!


The Word Spin writing activity now saves a student's work if she or he stops partway through. Students can pick up where they left off later without having to start over.

Read Alongs now make it clearer exactly when a book has been finished.

Vocab Lab word stories now support bolded text for keywords just like in Read Alongs. Bolding will be added over the coming days and weeks to existing lessons.

For Learners in Grades 5 and Up:

Older students can now receive Badges for learning achievements. For students who have already made progress this school year, they will win badges retroactively for their work!

Older students will also see a new win screen after completing the Matching game. It shows how long it took to finish the game and how many tries it took.

As always, if you have ideas about how we can improve Speak Agent, we are listening! Just contact us. 

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.