If you are a classroom teacher wondering how frequently and how long you should use Speak Agent, read on!
Recommended usage for most Speak Agent math and science products is one hour per week. While the NSF-sponsored study done by Rockman et al found significant learning gains with as little as 30 minutes per week (at elementary grades), evidence suggests that a full hour provides a greater effect.
That said, how you spend that hour will vary based on your scheduling and the age group that you are teaching. Speak Agent provides a great deal of flexibility with how to achieve this dosage. We generally recommended usage at least 2-3 times per week in smaller doses and not trying to pack it all in one day—especially for primary grades. Frequent, shorter bursts of usage has been shown to be more effective than a condensed approach (generally speaking in education technology).
A typical Speak Agent lesson contains anywhere from 5 to 10 activity modules, depending on the age range and the complexity of the content. Each activity is a digital game or exercise (or occasionally a short video) that requires listening, speaking, reading, writing, and/or interacting with content that is aligned to the current unit in your curriculum. Each lesson provides a mix of short-form and long-form activities.
- Short-form activities can be done in as little as 5 to 10 minutes. These are typically used for independent practice and engagement at the beginning of a new unit or lesson in your curriculum.
- Long-form activities take 15 minutes up to a full class period. They generally require higher cognition, integration of skills and knowledge, teacher moderation, and/or collaboration. These are sequenced toward the middle or end of a lesson. In the event a student cannot finish a long-form activity within the allotted time, don't worry! Long-form activities are auto-saved and can be continued later by the student.
Speak Agent provides activity guides that walk you through how to use each type of activity effectively. Most of our products also include lesson plans that list each activity and the estimated length of time they will take.