Who It’s For
If you’re looking for a more personalized touch to eLearning, look no further than to our Virtual Coaching solution. This takes our innovative LTK product and adds the ability to get an expert tutor right at your fingertips. You’ll be amazed at the difference that adding a human dimension to remote learning can make.
Using a Virtual Coach has many advantages over using the base LTK products, or any other products that don’t offer a tutor-on-demand service. Some of these advantages include:
- Personalized instruction on areas of difficulty for the student
- Emotional support for struggling learners
- Acknowledgment and encouragement for work completed in the LTK
- Increased confidence and motivation for the student
- Exert advice to parents or other stakeholders on student’s progress
A Virtual Coach is helpful not only for intensive intervention in students with learning disabilities like dyslexia and ADHD, but also in regular intervention cases for students who have fallen behind as well as in core classroom instruction. Even core classroom students can benefit from the added human element of a Virtual Coach.
Virtual Coaches are trained in increasing the literacy skills of students. They take a systematic approach to teaching phonics and the curriculum of the LTK. The results are strengthened student comprehension and vocabulary development.
Another advantage of having Virtual Coaches is the increase of confidence that students experience. Getting live feedback on their progress can boost their sense of self-esteem. Furthermore, they will take more ownership of their own learning if they feel that someone is paying close attention to their work. This extra motivation translates into better learning outcomes.
For virtual meetings, our Virtual Coaches use standard video chat clients like Zoom and Skype. The chat feature is a standard part of LTK online products.
Be sure to give Virtual Coaching a try. It can really make a big difference in your student’s learning.
About the LTK
The purpose of the LTK for Windows: Classroom/Computer Lab is to provide basic reading skills to children age 6 and older. Many of these students do not respond to traditional teaching methods. Instead, they need an explicit, intensive, sequential, and structured phonics method of instruction. They typically require three to ten times the number of usual repetitions to achieve mastery. Until now, these teaching methods have been available most often from only highly trained reading specialists.
The LTK is a programmed instructional platform that applies proven and explicit, intensive, sequential and structured phonics techniques redesigned for non-readers. The LTK uses these techniques to help students encode the sound–symbol correlation of letters and words. The basis for instructional delivery within the LTK is the renowned Orton-Gillingham approach, a highly successful worldwide process used since the 1930s with thousands of students with learning disabilities.
Some of major features of the LTK include:
- Remediation and intervention of essential literacy areas
- 87 lessons in 5 levels, each lesson lasting on average from 30 minutes to an hour
- Practice on the four key languages skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking
- Ability to change the pace of lessons
- AI that dynamically adjusts lessons to suit the learner
- Instructions presented in over 20 languages for ESL learners
- A learning management system (LMS) that delivers the specially designed interactive content and provides assessments and communication between all stakeholders.
- A simple-to-use online Teacher’s Portal for student management (screen below)
- Scalable from small classrooms to entire school districts
The Orton-Gillingham Method
The LTK uses the time-tested Orton-Gillingham Method to guide its instruction philosophy. This technique has a few main pillars: multimodality, repetition, and sequence. Mulisensory engagement is achieved through such activities as having students trace over letters with their fingers as they hear words spoken, so as to associate the tactile with the audible senses. Repetition simply reinforces student learning to make common pathways perform automatically. Additionally, the Orton-Gillingham Method follows a well-structured curriculum that increases in complexity in gradual steps and at appropriate times. Special education teachers know the value of Orton-Gillingham techniques, but training new staff in this method can be costly and time-consuming. This is one of the main reasons the LTK is so invaluable.