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.

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...

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.

Product Update - April 2018

Based on teacher requests, we added a few new features and enhancements in our April 2018 release (v1.2.5):

Speak Agent for Secondary Grades Now Available!

Speak Agent is now available in two different versions for Primary and Secondary grades. The new Secondary solution provides a customizable teaching and learning tool for middle and high school math, science, social studies, and language arts, as...

Why We Created Speak Agent

People often ask us why we decided to make Speak Agent. As co-founder and CTO, I wrote the first line of software code over three years ago. But the need has been around for much longer. Over the past decade the percentage of English Language...

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.

NSF Study: Speak Agent Accelerates Learning Science Vocabulary and Concepts

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...

The 2018 ED Games Expo

Come see more than 100 learning games and technologies in action, including Speak Agent, at the 5th annual ED Games Expo: A Showcase for Education Learning Games and Technologies.

Visit us at the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference

We're excited to share our new academic language learning games, new product features, and new WIDA correlation at the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference, Oct. 16-18. The fact that Florida is hosting WIDA this year is special for us. In the past two months...

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...

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