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Cleveland City Schools has implemented a new e-book service in their elementary schools, and representatives of George R. Stuart Elementary School say they have been reaping the benefits of …
Cleveland City Schools has implemented a new e-book service in their elementary schools, and representatives of George R. Stuart Elementary School say they have been reaping the benefits of it.
The service, MyON, has more than 12,000 titles within a reading range of K-12 available for students. Each student has a MyON account.
When students initially log into their accounts, they take an interest inventory and placement exam which determines the genres and level of books recommended on their “dashboard” pages. Students are not limited to these books alone but can search and read other books in the service.
Emily Fannon, parent of two Stuart girls, says, "They love to read, and MyON allows them to read and read, finishing one book, starting another."
After each book, there is a comprehension test available, though students are not required to take the comprehension tests. They can opt, instead, to go back to their dashboard.
Elementary schools in the district have, or are in the process of, implementing reading incentive initiatives based on MyON records to encourage students to further develop their reading and comprehension skills.
In the process of improving these skills, the students actually enjoy the books.
“Our students LOVE MyON!" said Kristin Gowin, a fifth-grade teacher at Stuart Elementary. Some of them beg to use it every single day.”
Second-grader Bella Bosken added, “MyOn’s cool!”
In addition to the pleasure reading side of the program, there is an instructional aspect. Teachers are able to, through their teacher account, create assignments for students.
These assignments appear and are labeled as “projects” on the students’ dashboard page. Students click on their designated project and are taken to the project page which may show a book to read on a topic to be covered in a coming class lesson and it may also have a writing assignment.
If a writing assignment is present, they click the appropriate button and are shown a writing prompt, series of questions, essay assignment, or whatever the teacher has created for them to do. The student completes this writing assignment within their MyON “Essay Writer” or their MyON “Journal”. Their Essay Writer and Journal work appear in the teacher’s project page and can be checked for accuracy from there.
In addition, teachers can write comments on the students’ work through his or her teacher account. These comments are then seen by students within their own student account.
“I really like how easy it is to go back and forth from our essay writer to the text when we are doing a writing assignment," Stuart fifth-grader Anna Melton said. "It gives us a chance to get away from pencil and paper.”
On the elementary level, the program specifically and directly correlates to the school system’s BLADE project plans whereby instructional integration of technology will be fully implemented at all levels of education across the system in the coming years.
The program features make it possible for teachers to seamlessly integrate instruction and technology for a single lesson involving specific texts.
After viewing such a lesson during a fifth-grade library class led by Edie May, Stuart Elementary Principal Richelle Shelton praised the program.
“Ms. May engaged 100 percent of her students. The impact of this engagement was evident in the level of discussions the students had after reading," Shelton said. "She was also able to connect her lesson directly to the social studies and literature standards taught in the classroom through the use of a MyON text and the MyON instructional features such as the teacher-created writing assignment option within the program.”
Whether for instruction or pleasure reading, May said MyON is proving to be "a wonderfully effective program to successfully involve students with reading and learning expectations communicated from the state."
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