New myON version looks to boost personalized learning

By Laura Devaney
August 27th, 2015

myON introduces new user interfaces and experiences for students and faculty, new writing tools and updated reporting features

myon-readingmyON has announced a redesign of its personalized literacy environment for PreK-12. myON spoke with administrators, teachers, library-media specialists, and students throughout the development process to ensure their feedback was incorporated within the new design and features.

myON 3.0 includes new student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests and Lexile reading level, gamification, and improved enhancements to the state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting functions. All schools and district currently using myON will gain access to these new tools at no cost.

The addition of the new writing tool further enhances the myON Literacy Toolkit, introduced in 2014, which includes a suite of close/active reading tools. Using the new writing tools, educators can create assignments –complete with their own writing checklists — that direct students to write essays integrating their reading journal entries, graphic organizers and myON’s embedded dictionary, within the myON platform.

“We are extremely excited to launch myON 3.0” said myON President Todd Brekhus. “Now, each of the 6 million plus students and educators on myON will have access to even more engaging content, additional tools to support the connection between reading and writing, deeper insights into project-based learning, a new interface and so much more. The feedback from our school, district and community partners, whose input guided our work, has been overwhelmingly positive.”

These enhancements to the award-winning myON environment are launching as the myON collection, consisting of more than 10,000 enhanced digital titles from Capstone and over 60 publishing partners, continues to grow on a regular, monthly basis. The collection is comprised of 70 percent non-fiction and informational text, 30 percent fiction, with 10 percent of the overall collection comprised of dual-language text.

Originally launched in 2011, myON has earned national industry recognition for its disruptive and innovative approach to providing students with 24/7 online and offline access to a complete library of “just right” books, which match their individual interests and reading levels.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura