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Empowering Literacy Through Technology

reading-on-tablet-150x150The definition of “literacy” is evolving in the 21st century. Not only does it involve fluency in reading and writing, but it also implies an ability to think critically about a variety of texts and communicate increasingly complex ideas. These skills will be put to the test with the new Common Core State Standards being rolled out in more than 40 states.

While the challenges to fostering literacy among today’s students are growing, so is the power of the tools at educators’ disposal. With the generous support of myON, we’ve assembled this collection of stories and resources to help you use technology to empower literacy in your schools.

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Digital reading service helps preserve language while fostering literacy

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A unique partnership between the Muskogee (Creek) Nation and myON not only fosters English language literacy among students in this American Indian tribe, but also seeks to preserve…

The Minnesota Tundra can’t freeze personalized literacy

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The Lakeville Area Public Schools’ (LAPS) vision of world-class, personalized learning has driven and accelerated our work in digital learning both inside and outside of the classroom.Personalized learning…

Fluency: A key to reading success

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According to a recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, approximately 33 percent of fourth grade students read at a level considered “below basic.”Over the past 20 years,…

13 inexpensive ed-tech tools for writing

13 inexpensive ed-tech tools for writing

Being able to write clearly is an essential skill for all students. With these simple online writing tools and apps, students get to practice writing informally in settings…

How reading literature stimulates your brain

How reading literature stimulates your brain

Humanities scholar Natalie Phillips has conducted a study at Stanford University that examined what effect reading Jane Austen had on the brain, and the results, she hopes, might…

Texas district sees boost in elementary reading after rolling out iPads

Texas district sees boost in elementary reading after rolling out iPads

Instructors in the McAllen, Texas, school district see iPads as a tool to boost reading rates among younger students and say they've already seen a difference in the…

How to promote literacy skills in the digital age

How to promote literacy skills in the digital age

Digital apps that claim to teach children important reading and literacy skills do not always impart higher-level abilities that children need to develop strong reading skills, according to…

Graphic novels, eBooks on students’ summer reading list

The Manga comics, which are read back-to-front, are very popular with students.

Tom Miley, a media specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools, relayed something of an odd desire to a group of summer school reading students at Ridgely Middle School…

iPads help charge reading instruction

iPads help charge reading instruction

East Haven, Conn., reading specialist Gina Tomassi sits with second-grader Isaac Florentino for a quick reading evaluation, listening to him read a short story about a riverside village.…

New online service applies the ‘Netflix’ model to literacy

Students can monitor their own reading growth in myON, and educators can view and download reports.

Capstone Digital has launched a new online service that aims to do for literacy what Netflix has done for consumer entertainment, with the hope that this approach might…

Technology a key tool in writing instruction

Teachers use software including MY Access! to help their students improve their writing.

While there are still many obstacles facing teachers in implementing technology, teachers play a critical role in driving the use of technology to teach writing, says a recent…

Speech recognition, mobile apps help build reading skills

DORA is an online tool being used to help improve reading that offers individualized and differentiated assessments.

Students’ scores on a national reading assessment have remained relatively flat for nearly 40 years. As educators work hard to bring that average up, many are excited about…

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How one school nearly doubled its percentage of proficient readers in a single year—with help from myON reader

Learn how West Elementary School in Mountain Home, Idaho, overcame the challenge of being marked as a “failing” school. Using a personal digital literacy service called myON to engage kids in reading, West Elementary has now become a four-star school, with 88 percent of students proficient in reading last year.

Illinois district boosts literacy with help from a 1-to-1 computing program

Every K-8 student in Illinois’ South Berwyn School District has either an iPad or a MacBook to use both in school and at home. With only 50% of students reading on grade level, one of the district’s goals was to increase independent reading time throughout the day. Using myON, students can practice at their specific reading level and within their interests, which has fueled tremendous growth in reading; so far, the district’s 3,800 K-8 students have spent more than 32,000 hours reading nearly 128,000 books through the online service.

How myON supports Common Core literacy

How myON supports Common Core literacyThis paper provides an introduction to The Lexile® Framework for Reading and describes how the results from myONTM reader, developed by Capstone Digital, can be used to support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative.

Common Core for ELA and Literacy

Learn about the key features and differences of the new Common Core standards, and how these will affect literacy instruction.

How to Make Summer Reading Effective

Research shows that, without practice, students lose reading skills over the summer months–and children from low-income families lose the most. With the prevalence of TV, computers, and other electronic distractions, how can parents and educators encourage kids to read over the summer months? Here are three keys to success.

How Oakland has developed literacy among parents, too

The Oakland Family Literacy program is helping parents in the community by developing their English fluency in both reading and writing, which empowers them to take a more active role in their children’s education.

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