I recently began working with the team at Citelighter, a startup that supports learners in storing, sharing and organizing their education and research for free. Citelighter is currently being used in 1500 schools worldwide. Initially the tool was developed with higher education in mind, but an increasing amount of middle and high school teachers have been using Citelighter to support younger learners.

As a K-12 special education teacher, tutor and instructional coach my major focus is on making learning accessible for all students. I am always looking for ways to minimize the distractions and keep things organized in order to maximize student independence.  Citelighter allows learners to highlight and cite texts online with ease but I was initially drawn to the tool because of its natural relationship with differentiation in the classroom. There are so many possibilities for using Citelighter to tailor research projects to student strengths and weaknesses.

The team at Citelighter is unique because their mission first and foremost is truly to support the learner. They have a passion for talking to teachers to find out what we really need. Our goal is to make Citelighter a tool that is focused around the learner and the best way to do this is through getting feedback from the user so if you are out there using Citelighter, feel free to reach out to say hello, ask a question or share a story! Stay tuned for more ideas about how to use Citelighter to support the needs of all learners.

Glad to be back,

Marisa

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