San Diego — Oct. 27, 2015 — Learn2Earn, a company dedicated to providing a 21st century alternative in the school fundraising and reading program spaces, has reached a significant milestone. In a recent analysis of student reading logs, Learn2Earn found that more than 137,000 students have read 1,167,532 books since September 2013, with more than 230,000 books read last month alone. Further review found that the weekend of September 19-20, showed students logged more than 1M minutes of reading. Broken down another way, that’s 885 days or 2.42 years of reading done in a single weekend.
“This milestone exemplifies the commitment of thousands of teachers who ensured that their students had access to our literacy platform, Whooo’s Reading, which makes reading fun and puts the decision of what books to read in the hands of eager students,” said Hayley Brooks, Learn2Earn CEO and co-founder.
“Available for just over one school year, Whooo’s Reading is gaining tremendous traction. I am personally most excited about the staggering increases we have seen in our total number of minutes read as this school year has taken off. We believe that’s due to giving students the freedom to read any book they choose. Interest drives desire.”
Specifically designed with the motto “make sure the kids always win,” the lively Whooo’s Reading platform makes reading fun by giving students the power of choice, allowing them to read what they want while incorporating online game elements preferred by today’s digital natives.
“I honestly don’t know where we would be without this site,” said Lorie Barber, a fifth-grade teacher from Schiesher Elementary School in Chicago, Ill. “It has inspired my students to share their love of reading and it has given them a platform to share what they know. In an education world where we’re constantly looking for real-life applications, it doesn’t get more real than Learn2Earn.”
Students using Whooo’s Reading via their secure personal profiles are inspired to read and think critically, and when doing so, are rewarded with virtual “Wisdom Coins” to personalize and embellish their “Owlvatar.” This adds a sense of ownership to their work, which motivates them to try harder and empowers them to improve reading, comprehension and writing skills.
“I am personally most excited about the staggering increases we have seen in our total number of minutes read as this school year has taken off. We believe that’s due to giving students the freedom to read any book they choose. Interest drives desire.”
Students are further engaged by their class’s interactive newsfeed, which gives them the opportunity to give each other helpful feedback on what they’ve been writing and displays the books and accomplishments of their classmates. With its social-media feel, the newsfeed is a real draw for students and encourages collaborative learning.
Teachers using Whooo’s Reading also have customization options, allowing them to create their own question prompts to engage students and promote comprehension. Equally accessible are the 72 preloaded questions aligned with all Common Core reading anchors (K-8) that come standard in each account.
Teachers have the ability to review each student’s reading responses and give qualitative and quantitative feedback. These written responses are a more genuine, deep and nuanced way for teachers to gauge their students’ comprehension than the standard multiple choice quiz offered with other programs. Teachers can also analyze individual and class-wide progress as well as each class’s mastery of Common Core reading anchors from their data center. For a long-range view, teachers can monitor students’ reading level increases or decreases in the Lexile Levels of the books their students are selecting.