New technologies aim to help personalize instruction

myON literacy tools

myON has expanded its digital literacy platform by adding a set of literacy tools to further personalize the reading experience for students. These tools supplement myON’s existing collection of more than 7,000 digital books, which also include multimedia scaffolds and embedded assessments.

Students can use these embedded literacy tools in all myON digital books to practice close reading skills such as highlighting and note taking. For instance, teachers can ask students to highlight and cite evidence to support the author’s conclusion in informational texts.

myON gives students unlimited, simultaneous access to its library of enhanced digital texts. A Netflix-like personalization engine recommends specific texts to each student based on their personal preferences and the rankings of books they’ve read. myON also empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—such as the number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth.

SuccessMaker 7.0

Pearson’s digital math and reading curriculum for grades K-8 is a computer-adaptive program that continuously analyzes a student’s performance, identifying areas for remediation or acceleration and offering targeted instruction in these areas. The program also estimates the amount of time it will take for students to reach proficiency goals.

The latest version of SuccessMaker includes alignment of content to college and career readiness standards; enhanced interactivity that focuses on building close reading skills and deep conceptual understanding in math;
 new teacher-driven reporting options; and
access to more than 12,000 additional learning resources in reading, math, science, and social studies.

During the 2010-11 school year, the Killeen Independent School District in Texas integrated SuccessMaker into its special-education program and saw significant acceleration in student progress. For instance, after only five months of learning with SuccessMaker, special-education students at Harker Heights High School demonstrated 1.13 years of academic growth in reading and 1.43 years academic growth in math.

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