Just in time for Summer, BiblioNasium has launched a virtual reading village for kids ages 6-12. Using BiblioNasium, young readers can connect with peers, teachers and parents. BiblioNasium functions as a sort of social networking platform for children, a platform where readers can exchange information about books they’ve read, offer reviews, and explore other titles that interest them. Students can explore books based on their interests, an author, a title or series, and their Lexile reading level. Best of all, BiblioNasium offers students a chance to interact with other readers in a safe online space.
If you haven’t yet taken a look, be sure to visit BiblioNasium and get your kids reading today.
We’ve written before on the remarkable success of myON reader and Capstone Digital’s intent to provide myOn through mobile devices like the Kindle Fire. Well that initiative has taken off and it appears to be paying dividends for students around the country. Students in Cheatham County, Tennessee, in particular, are excited about being able to access targeted reading material on their Kindles:
At ACES, Jonet Williams has been thrilled with the response of her students, who look forward to activating their Kindles each day.
Williams likes being able to manage her class work through the Internet.
“I can find out what they’ve read, how much time they’ve spent reading, and see their assessment scores,” she said.
The teachers are also able to see their students’ successes and challenges, using the myON reader as a tool for flagging needs and reflecting ability levels.
“We can choose libraries for them that correlate with what we’re studying,” said Williams, citing a recent reading assignment on Benjamin Franklin and American symbols to reinforce what her students are learning in social studies.
MyON seamlessly blends assessment and instruction for young readers in a digital environment, allowing students to receive updated Lexile measures through their reading experiences. Based on those updated Lexile measures, students continue to be presented a wider range of targeted texts. Not only do students receive targeted text, but they exercise choice as well. MyON allows students to self-select topics of interest to them and students can choose from a long list of subjects.
On a related note, the world of education software has also recognized Capstone for the contribution they’ve made to reading. MyON recently won a Bessie for the ‘Best Reading Website’ award for upper elementary students. Congratulations to Capstone on achieving so much in such a short period of time. We’re proud to partner with an organization so dedicated to getting more students reading everywhere!
We’ve written before on the amazing success of Capstone Digital’s myON reader. MyON seamlessly blends assessment and instruction for young readers in a digital environment, allowing students to receive updated Lexile measures through their reading experiences. Based on those updated Lexile measures, students continue to be presented a wider range of targeted texts. Not only do students receive targeted text, but they exercise choice as well. MyON allows students to self-select topics of interest to them and students can choose from a long list of subjects.
Just last month Capstone Digital announced that this targeted reading experience now has even greater flexibility – it can now be experienced in a mobile environment:
The personalized literacy environment that provides access to the largest integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports is now available on Kindle Fire. myON reader users can securely login through myON.com and have full access to the platform using the popular Amazon tablet. This is the first of many mobile initiatives to launch from Capstone Digital in 2012.
It’s great to hear that this is just one of many mobile initiatives set for this year. As more students have access to mobile devices, like e-readers, smart phones, tablets, and iPads, offering a wide variety of texts in multiple platforms becomes essential. We applaud Capstone for making the reading experience so accessible for so many young readers.
We’re always excited about anything that gets students reading more. That’s why we were so pleased to see this recent write-up, in Publishers Weekly, reporting that Capstone Digital now has over 700,000 students reading through myOn. MyOn provides students with access to thousands of digital titles targeted to their own individual reading level (based on their Lexile measure) and interest. Best of all, because myOn has embedded an assessment into the reading experience, students are continually provided new titles as their reading level grows. And because myOn is available online, students are assured always-on access; meaning they are not limited to reading only while on campus. And interest continues to grow:
Since its launch, myOn has helped increase the circulation of digital titles. In communities like Charleston, S.C., which has adopted the platform, the library circulation for digital books was more than 30 times that for print books. Said Brekhus, “Making the books accessible anytime, anywhere allowed children to read more books digitally than they had access to in print.”
Congratulations to Capstone on achieving so much in such a short period of time. We’re proud to partner with an organization so dedicated to getting more students reading everywhere.
MetaMetrics (developer of The Lexile Framework for Reading) proudly announced its partnership with KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program). Serving more than 32,000 students, KIPP’s renowned network is constituted by 109 open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools. 85% of the students attending these schools—which are located in 20 states and the District of Columbia—are from low-income families. This exciting, new partnership offers training on the value and use of Lexile measures for educators in the KIPP network.
Teaming up, MetaMetrics and KIPP move closer to achieving their shared education goals—the college and career readiness of all students as defined by the Common Core State Standards. “Our goal is to give our students the knowledge and skills they need to get to and through college,” said KIPP CEO Richard Barth. “Lexile measures are a valuable tool for our teachers to monitor our students’ reading growth at every stage, to make sure they are all college- and career-ready.”
By certifying KIPP facilitators to conduct workshops on how to utilize Lexile measures, KIPP teachers will now better differentiate instruction and monitor students’ reading growth. For more information on this exciting partnership, click here.
MetaMetrics is a proud partner of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign. This annual campaign calls to end the early education achievement gap in America. With a Lexile measure of 360L, Llama Llama Red Pajama is Jumpstart’s 2011 featured book. This Thursday, October 6th, Llama Llama Red Pajama will be read to over two million children nationwide
Participating in Read for the Record, MetaMetrics is dedicated to working towards closing the achievement gap. Reading is essential to preparing children for a successful academic career so please join us in encouraging every child to read. Take a stand for America’s children by taking a seat to read with them tomorrow.
Compass Media, publishing company and leader in English education, and MetaMetrics are teaming up to help young learners build English skills with books published in Korea. Announced last week, this promising partnership adds Lexile measures to the publisher’s English language books. Compass Media will apply The Lexile Framework to 420 fiction and non-fiction books by mid-year 2012.
Utilizing The Lexile Framework, Compass Media will connect young learners with the most beneficial resources to optimize their English development. MetaMetrics is proud to be working with Compass Media on improving education for young English learners.
We announced last week that we have partnered with LibraryThing, the popular online cataloging and social networking site for book lovers, to offer Lexile measures on both LibraryThing.com and LibraryThing for Libraries.
LibraryThing, often described as “MySpace for books”, connects people with recommended books, allows them to share reading recommendations, and offers suggestions for which books to read next. LibraryThing for Libraries is used in libraries with existing Open Public Access Catalog (OPAC) systems, allowing library users to access much of the content generated by LibraryThing users. Lexile measures will now be available for books listed in the catalog and in the OPAC system.
LibraryThing users appreciate the unique value that Lexile measures offer in providing them with more information on the complexity of a title and in helping inform their decision about the right books to read. MetaMetrics is thrilled to be a part of a social network applied to the world of reading.
Last month Barnes and Noble announced the start of their 15th Annual Summer Reading Program. “The free Summer Reading Program kick[ed] off in Barnes & Noble stores across the country May 24th and continues through September 6th…Children in grades 1-6 can earn a free book just by reading eight books and turning in a completed journal sheet.” Barnes & Noble hopes this reading program will keep kids motivated to read during the summer months.
We’ve often discussed the importance of reading throughout the summer to avoid the dreaded summer slide. While all summer reading programs are to be commended, Barnes and Noble’s program will enable students to select a reading list that will incorporate targeted reading at their level. By using Barnes and Nobel’s Lexile Reading Level Wizard which estimates a student’s Lexile measure and generates a book list based on their selected interests and reading level. Students can then select eight books from this reading list, download a journal from Barnes and Noble, and begin their summer reading adventure with books that offer just the right amount of challenge.
Be sure to take a look.
Here’s more evidence that e-books along with their augmented cousins – books with audio and visual and animated support – are here to stay:
Book titles reached 945,026 in May 2011, increasing by 47,000 over April 2011 (5 percent month-over-month increase) and by more than 740,000 since Kindle’s first anniversary.
eBooks with embedded audio and video clips increased by 290 in May 2011 (their 11th month in Kindle Store) and their number reached 600. Magazine titles increased by 8 to 94 while newspaper titles increased by 3 and reached 167. U.S. newspapers’ count was at 81 and international at 86.
Publishers are responding as well. Capstone Digital’s myOn Reader program, which allows students to read targeted texts on topics of their choice, was recently released to much fanfare. One thing seems clear: the market has made its preference clear and the publishing industry will look very different just five years from now.