App of the Week: A vast literary learning system

By Stephen Noonoo
January 18th, 2016

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.

What’s It Like? iStation is a supplemental learning system that adapts and individualizes learning content for each student. The main focus is reading skills, but there are also units on math and writing; science and social studies receive tangential coverage within the reading program. Kids begin the reading program with an assessment, which automatically repeats monthly to monitor and record progress. Subsequent instruction is adapted based on kids’ progress. Through a game-like setting, kids encounter lessons that address a variety of reading skills from phonemic awareness to vocabulary, spelling, and more. The reading unit is available in both English and Spanish.

Price: Subscription, prices vary

Rating: 4/5

Grades: K-8

Pros: This comprehensive resource spans both on- and offscreen learning.

Cons: It can be a challenge to orient yourself amid abundant reports and materials.

Bottom line: If you have the time and the budget, this thorough, supplemental program has real potential to help you individualize instruction.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and 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.