By Jessica Sanders
With so many tech-based reading programs available to schools today, it’s harder than ever to decide which ones are worth your Title 1 funds. Luckily, there are a variety of products that stand out in the crowd, and these are the ones worth considering for your students.
The following reading programs supplement instruction, bring struggling readers up to pace, and make learning exciting for every student.
$10/year per teacher
Many schools lack the resources necessary for differentiating student reading and reading instruction.
Zing is helping combat this problem by providing teachers and schools with a library of ebooks and short texts that can be sorted with robust filtering functionality: Students and teachers can locate books based on genre, guided reading level, Lexile Level, theme and more, allowing students to not only find books they love, but books they can read and understand.
Students can use built-in ereader tools, such as highlighting, annotation and an interactive dictionary for close reading and access their books anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
Teachers are able to track student reading, add or edit eLearning teaching points to texts, send personalized messages, assign books to individual students or the entire class, and access a suite of real-time data and reporting tools.
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This K-8 intervention reading program is a supplemental curriculum product that makes reading exciting and achievable for every student. The hyper-personalized tool continuously adapts to the learner’s needs as they make their way through gamified assessments—“stealth assessments.”
This style of learning not only engages students, but allows admins and teachers to gather important data about each and every student. Teachers can access real-time data reports, allowing them to check-in on the progress of any student, at any time.
Most notable of the reporting features is the Mastery reports, which are organized by skill or standard. This provides educators with data that can influence the way they prepare and give lessons to each student. What’s more, their reports forecast future student performance, as well.
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Whooo’s Reading, an online reading log and independent reading tool, utilizes key elements of gamification—personalization, goal-setting, rewards and recognition—to entice students to read more every day, while informing teachers with a robust data dashboard.
Once students log reading, they’re able to answer standards-aligned questions that promote reading comprehension. Unlike many programs that focus on factual recall, Whooo’s Reading uses open-ended questions to promote higher-level thinking.
All student responses are delivered immediately to the teacher, where they can be scored. Teachers are able to provide real-time, private feedback and give students a chance to edit their response and resubmit for a higher score as well.
Within the data dashboard, glance-and-go graphs indicate which students are excelling or falling behind within each writing anchor. You can also see class-wide and individual data on average response scores, number of responses written and more.
With this information you can provide students with the materials they need to improve within certain standards or help them find more challenging reading material so they can continue to excel.
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Success for all provides a suite of reading programs, designed for a variety of students in all grades and at every level. Each program is experiential and student-focused, encouraging collaborative classroom learning and providing teachers with the necessary tools and strategies to properly leverage the programs within their schools.
The reading programs provided, include:
- Reading Roots (Grade 1)
- Reading Wings (Grades 2-6)
- Reading Edge (Middle grades)
5. Big Universe
$1,999/year per school
Big Universe has one mission, “Inspire Students. Empower Teachers.” With this well-rounded reading program, students have access to more than 9,000 eBooks, from 40 different publishers. All books are leveled, and come with assessments and lesson plans, making teachers’ lives easier. What’s more, the program can be used in a variety of settings, including group instruction, guided reading, afterschool and more.
Built-in assessment tools make it easy to see how students are improving with the program, providing you with class wide and individual data to enhance instruction.
There are so many reading tools available to schools today, it can feel impossible to choose the one that will make teachers happy and provide you with great learning outcomes. Consider whether these tools are able to meet you school’s needs.