Visit Hatch® at ISTE booth 2216 to discover iStartSmart™, a research-driven instructional technology system designed to increase school readiness skills and provide standards-based, individualized progress monitoring at the touch of a button. The program is driven by adaptive teaching technology that moves children positively through 18 skill development areas known to predict success, developing competency before moving to the next skill area or level.

iStartSmart™ provides detailed performance results in each of the 18 skill developmental areas for each child and classroom. Fully formatted, printable reports allow teachers to monitor both overall classroom progress and individual child progress across scaffolded levels to guide targeted small group and individual instruction. Teachers can share the results of each child’s report with parents, and group reports with administrators.

iStartSmart™ skill development areas focus on Phonological Awareness, Numeric Operations, Language Development, Alphabet Knowledge and Logic & Reasoning skills. A Free Play area incorporates an art and writing game; a nutrition game; and a playful, interactive room for children to explore. iStartSmart™ also includes a reading enrichment area where children can access eBooks. The activities support both cognitive development and the development of important social/emotional school readiness skills such as cooperative play, self regulation, turn-taking, and problem solving.

The iStartSmart ™ All-in-One Computer Learning System includes an age-appropriate computer desk, the latest multi-touch computer hardware and ECLaunch ™, a utility software program exclusive to HATCH® that provides a safe, child-directed desktop management system for teachers and children.

For more information, visit www.HatchEarlyChildhood.com or call 1-877-386-9161.

About the Author:

Jeff Festa