In2Books is a secure online curriculum that matches third through sixth grade students with carefully screened adult eMentors. Students read books virtually with their eMentors and share ideas about important issues via online letters. Teachers reinforce and extend the learning with in-class book discussions and related instruction in genre and literacy skills. “Through this program, our students have become better, [more] motivated readers and are looking forward to reading their assigned texts, just so they can discuss their reading. In2Books truly deserves this recognition!” says Dana Bolojan, a technology assistant for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools.
InfuseLearning is a platform that lets teachers engage every student on any device and get real-time feedback at the point of instruction. What’s more, this system for empowering “bring your own device” programs enables students to read, listen, and participate in their native language. Students can take part in instruction at the same time from any location via the internet. InfuseLearning is “a great tool for quick check-in assessments with your students,” says Angie Kalthoff, technology integrationist for St. Cloud Area School District in Minnesota. “I like that it has the ability to change languages.”
Insight 360 (eInstruction)
Insight 360 is a digital teaching solution that gives educators mobile desktop control on their Mobi 360 wireless device, or on their iPad with the Insight 360 Teacher app. Teachers can facilitate lessons, give assessments, and access data sent from a variety of student devices, from anywhere in the room. “As we move into our second year of teaching to Common Core State Standards, assessment needs to be viewed as a continuous and interactive process between teacher and student. Insight 360 has met this need, and the Insight 360 Student app for iPad has allowed for a more collaborative learning environment, rather than just focusing on a set curriculum,” says Carmen Trujillo, instructional coach for Albuquerque Public Schools.
Lexia Reading (Lexia Learning)
Lexia Reading advances reading skills for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and helps accelerate learning for at-risk students in grades 4-12. Its scope and sequence incorporates all five of the core reading skills determined essential for reading proficiency: phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. “I use Lexia when I work one-on-one with students,” says Barbara Kries, Exceptional Student Education teacher for Pinellas County Schools in Florida. “It is a good way to start an academic session, because students can independently log in and work at their own pace. They can work on lessons specifically designed to meet their academic needs.”
Luna Interactive Projection Camera (Learning Resources)
This easy-to-use digital projection camera is also a web cam and photo/video camera; it’s a great tool for helping students create multimedia projects across the curriculum or for whole-class demonstration of manipulatives in action. “I’m using this camera to get a closer look at everything in our learning environment,” says Erin Klein, a teacher in Cranbrook, Mich. “It’s made a world of difference getting to have students see their writing projected on the screen. My second graders are growing so much!”