Thursday, 28 May 2015

Reviewing LiteracyPlanet for Teachers and Parents

"LiteracyPlanet is an online world of visually rich interactive activities. Imagination and real world skills combine to make the learning an adventure for students of any age.

LiteracyPlanet appeals to the competitive spirit and drives motivation while fostering a desire to succeed. Students can compete with students all over the world in our online global community".
LiteracyPlanet is an online literacy resourcce for children aged 4 to 15years. It is a learning platform with more than 15,000 interactive exercise that cover pre-reading, phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, comprehension, grammar and punctuation. LiteracyPlanet was founded in Australia in 2007 and is developed by educators and aligned to the Australian Curriculum.It is suitable for all abilities and adaptable for differentiated learning. Literacy Planet is a fun and motivating online learning platform for learners that is loved by educators and have proved to improve literacy learning outcomes.

Recently, high profile television jounalist, presenter and mother to two young children, Georgie Gardner, has signed  on to be the Ambassador for Australia's premier online literacy program for children, LiteracyPlanet.

Georgie said she was proud to be taing on the role, and is genuinely excited at the prospect of working with an Australian organisation, dedicated to the inprovement of literacy skills in children.

"I'm passionate about child literacy development, particularly in situations where it is difficult for children to access the support and resources they need. LiteracyPlanet is an effective tool for the development of key literacy skills, and is easily accessible and affordable both for schools and at home" said Georgie.

Georgie also appreciates that LiteracyPlanet provides positive screen time that is both educational and entertaining. "Parents want to do the best for their children in the precious time they have available. My children love LiteracyPlanet: they find the games engaging and fun. It enables me to be invoved in their learning at home, in a way that consolidates what they're learning at home".

But aside from a glowing recommendation from a celebrity (and mother), why should you as a parent or teacher sign-up to LiteracyPlanet? Read on below for more information.

Why should parents access and utilise LiteracyPlanet?

This is a great online tool that can provide a fun and engaging experience, online, for all children. Designed by educators and aligned the the Australian Curriculum, LiteracyPlanet provides a  structured learning journey that takes your child through sequenced, comprehensive, quality literacy content. The program has been graded into levels with content packaged to appropriately cover pre-reading skills, the alphabet, phonics, sight words, reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and grammar.

Whether your child is gifted, has learning difficulties, requires motivation or is achieving at Year-level standards, they can work through the content that suits their phase of development. Your child will enter the program at their Year level and they will work through a sequence of exercises to develop their skills in reading and writing.

Research has shown that providing feedback to learners is a powerful practice in education, and with that in mind LiteracyPlanet will ensure your child receives immediate feedback about their learning at the completion of every exercise. Within each exercise, the learner will be informed if their response is correct or incorrect and they will be shown correct answers. They will receive a score, virtual credits and a ‘trophy’ that equates to gold, silver or bronze level mastery. 

Parents can access reports in the separate parent dashboard - a visual display detailing the learning area and the level of mastery helps you to keep track of your child’s learning progress, which can be shared with teachers and tutors. By reviewing the reports, you will be alerted immediately if your child is struggling in any area.

Concepts covered include:
Grammar & Punctuation
Sight Words

Why should teachers access and utilise LiteracyPlanet?

This is a great online resource that can provide a flexible, engaging and dynamic learning experience. Teachers can assign tasks to match their students’ learning needs. Students can progress at their own pace, with the capacity to repeat exercises until they reach mastery level, before moving on. Our online environment is very patient with learners and allows them to control the rate of their learning progression. Students can also work independently in the ‘free learning’ section in the academy through a sequence of exercises to develop their skills in reading and writing. 

Teachers can use the Teacher Dashboard to track student progress as they work through exercises. Our traffic light system assists you to determine the level of student achievement easily. Results are stored in an online environment for easy access at anytime, anywhere.

Students are motivated through recognition of achievement. Avatar customisation motivates students to earn credits so that they can purchase items in the shop to personalise their profiles or play mini-games. Students are awarded trophies after each exercise and they know that their efforts are rewarded.

Students will receive immediate feedback about their learning, during each exercise and at the completion of each exercise. The student’s responses are marked immediately. If they enter an incorrect response, they will be the shown the correct response before moving forward. Scores are given at completion and a ‘trophy’ is awarded that equates to gold, silver or bronze level mastery. Students are motivated to achieve 100% accuracy in each exercise until they receive a gold trophy. This ensures that skills and concepts are mastered

As well as addressing the General Capabilities in Literacy and ICT, the comprehensive content is arranged in year levels covering a sequence of pre-reading skills, the alphabet, phonics, reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and grammar aligned to the Literacy strand in the Australian Curriculum: English. The exercises have been graded and sequenced to align with the scope and sequence of the Australian Curriculum: English and the latest research based methods in reading and writing instruction.  The exercises in each year level are balanced to provide students practise in using a mixture of reading and writing modes to develop their understanding and skills. The comprehensive library of texts complements the demands of the Literature strand in the Australian Curriculum: English. Texts include a large range of forms such as novel extracts, poetry, short stories, plays as well as non-fiction information reports and biographies. 

Concepts covered include:
Grammar & Punctuation
Sight Words

LiteracyPlanet is a companion for successful teaching and learning of English during the whole school journey.

***Information sourced and adapted from the LiteracyPlanet website.


  1. Reading Makes Your Child Smarter

    Reading is known to have numerous benefits. It increases your world knowledge, enhances your vocabulary, and works to improve your reading comprehension abilities.

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    1. Vocabulary Development and Instruction: A Prerequisite for School Learning
    Andrew Biemiller, University of Toronto

    2. Early reading acquisition and its relation to reading experience and ability 10 years later.
    Cunningham AE, Stanovich KE.

    3. Double Jeopardy How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation
    Donald J. Hernandez, Hunter College and the Graduate Center,

  2. great article. Taking both point of views. interesting. check kids IQ here