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App of the Week: E-reading platform with plenty of choices

By Stephen Noonoo
January 11th, 2016

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Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from Graphite by Common Sense Media. Click here to read the full app review.

Curriculet

What’s It Like? Curriculet is an easy-to-navigate e-reading platform that lets teachers assign a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and news texts to their students. What’s more, teachers can embed a variety of “checkpoints,” or assessment items for students, within texts. Curriculet’s library includes a giant selection of free, public-domain literature, searchable by categories such as grade level and genre. There’s also a wide selection of more current texts available; thousands of titles can be rented for 60 to 90 days at prices ranging from $0.75 to $3.49 per teacher, per student.

Graphite rating: 4/5

Price: Subscription

Grades: 2-12

Pros: Great customization features help teachers boost students’ close reading skills with text checkpoints that test comprehension.

Cons: A recommendation tool for related reading could increase personalization and engagement; adding paid features can get pricey fast.

Bottom line: An excellent tool for in-text assessment. Maximize the platform’s usefulness by uploading your own texts and setting up CCSS-aligned checkpoints.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.