Nibletz | November 7, 2017
By: Andrea Barker
myON Continues To Innovate, So Kids Continue To Fall In Love With Reading
Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Dr. Seuss, all of those are titles that many of us grew up with. Many of us also received a package in the mail every month with one of those books. Or we made a special trip to Crown Books, B. Dalton or our other neighborhood bookseller to pick up the latest installment of our favorite series. While the stories kept our minds running, the publishers knew what they were doing. They were making kids fall in love with reading.
Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Twilight started to replace our love of wholesome stories of a young girl eating apple pie and then climbing up into the barn to solve the latest crime. Again, continuing that love affair with reading that can only be harnessed at a young age.
And then the internet happened.
Digital learning platforms have taken over the world. There’s digital delivery of just about every learning material we could ever imagine. But while most of these learning companies are working on strictly learning, myO never forgot about that love of reading.
myON is the largest digital reading platform in the world, geared exclusively to students in grades K-12. They offer a variety of ways for young readers to enjoy books that were once only available in your neighborhood bookseller. myON has created tools for students to use that basically adapt to both their style of reading and their reading level. Teachers love that, it helps keep all of the students basically in the same place when there’s a reading assignment.
Even better than the classroom though, is the fact that students can go home, hop on their device and read other books that take them into those far off places, the same way we went to Bayport or Hogwarts.
While myON has students of this generation falling in love with reading, they’re also teaching valuable skills like media literacy, digital citizenship and of course reading and language arts.
The company is passionate about their mission. That’s why, this week, they’ve announced new reporting, goal setting, and literacy tools that will help teachers spend less time assessing and more time teaching. That leads to students, having more time to read.
myON announced enhanced reporting capabilities to include opportunities for goal-setting, reporting, and text coding (literacy emojis), all aimed at inspiring growth and engagement in student reading. myON encourages educators to assess student growth using real-time data collected while students read. Teachers are often not provided with student data collected during assessments in a timely manner. This makes personalization difficult for teachers as they are not able to provide student intervention until it’s too late. The real-time data collection gives teachers more time to teach, because they aren’t having to distribute and review assessments to see growth.
“myON is a growth-first platform that puts students in the driver’s seat of their own learning,” said Todd Brekhus, President of myON. “Our new features are designed to inspire students to develop a love for reading and to support their reading goals by providing a personalized pathway to success. It is also important to provide time saving features for educators that allows data to be easily accessed. Additionally, this allows students more time for reading and learning versus testing and assessments.”
These new features for teachers include:
Real-time, Actionable Reporting Features: The real-time, actionable data allows teachers time to respond to the data and provide students the necessary guidance to ensure progress is being made. Original reporting features (such as time spent reading, number of books opened and completed, and Lexile® growth) are still available, along with additional reports to measure reading habits, word count, project involvement, news article consumption, and more.
Text Coding – Literacy Emojis: With the embedded Literacy Toolkit, students can now use emojis to mark passages in the text to express their thoughts and feelings. The codes help students remember connections they’ve made to the text, or respond to the text in a personal way. For example, students can place a star on a passage that is important, and a heart to confirm what they thought.
Goal Setting: Administrators and teachers can set goals for up to 14 different data measurements, including average minutes read per week, time spent reading outside of school, Lexile® growth, and more. Goals will be highlighted on the student and teacher dashboards and can be analyzed in myON’s reporting features to ensure students stay on track. This data can also be used to celebrate reading success as students reach their goals.