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BURST: READING

Burst: Reading applies a sophisticated algorithm that analyzes current and past reading-assessment data for a given class, groups students with similar skill needs and then creates a customized 10-day sequence of lessons arranged at the right pace and intensity for each group. At the end of the 10 days, the teacher evaluates students’ progress using Wireless Generation’s mCLASS handheld-computerbased reading assessment and uploads students’ results to the mCLASS Web site.Price: $60-$74 per studentCategory: reading
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Lexia Learning Systems has expanded its offering of the popular Lexia Lessons and Lexia Skill Builders as a part of its Lexia Reading program. The program includes targeted practice, embedded assessment, scripted lesson plans, and offline practice to help students at all reading levels achieve proficiency. Using Lexia’s reports, teachers can easily identify students’ areas of weakness and use the targeted instructional strategies of Lexia Lessons to help them master concepts. Recently expanded to include support for Early Reading as well as Primary Reading, Lexia Reading now has 21 sets of Lexia Lessons available to support students in key skill development areas.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: reading

GET READY TO READ!

This early-literacy screening tool’s 25 questions help identify which step, on a four-step continuum, a child has reached on the path to becoming a successful reader. The visual and auditory questions allow young learners to demonstrate their skills in print and book knowledge, phonological awareness, and phonics. The enhanced Get Ready to Read!—Revised also includes tools such as skill-building activities and resources for helping students who need extra assistance in becoming literate.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: reading, assessment

READING ASSISTANT

The Reading Assistant readingintervention software combines advanced speech-recognition technology with scientifically based interventions to help elementaryand secondary-school students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.Price: $11,300 per siteCategory: reading

MY VIRTUAL TUTOR-READING (WWW.MYVIRTUALTUTORGAME.COM)

My Virtual Tutor-Reading is an interactive game made exclusively for Nintendo DS. The program concentrates on five reading areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. The game is available in pre-K, K-1st, and 1st-2nd versions, all based on age-appropriate curriculum and books. Price: $29.99 Category: reading

Free Reading

Free Reading From FreeReading.net, which calls itself "an open resource center and community for early literacy teachers," comes this very comprehensive resource that anyone involved in teaching early literacy skills will find helpful. The site covers the scope and sequence of early reading skills

PRODUCT: TEXTHELP SYSTEMS FLUENCY TUTOR

Fluency Tutor is an online software solution for students developing, and teachers assessing, oral reading fluency. The product incorporates passages that align to MetaMetrics Lexile Framework for Reading and includes tools for practicing, assessing, and measuring fluency. Students listen to passages being read aloud with textto- speech voices and practice their own reading. When ready, they record assessments for teachers to listen to and mark. Several graphical reports are available to show students’ progress. PROS: The software allows teachers to select exercises of the right difficulty for each pupil and to record his or her progress. Teachers can evaluate the fluency errors made, words correct per minute, and level of prosody (expression of reading) for every student. The system is also available to teachers and students at home. CONS: To be truly effective, the product requires complete buy-in from all reading teachers. A school must also have enough computers available for students to practice and take assessments. OVERALL EVALUATION: Every school should have a program like this Fluency Tutor to help students learn to read. This one is as good as, or better than, most I have seen.www.texthelp.comRetail price: Starting at $2,245 per school, first year; $745, each year after. Discounts available for multi-year purchase.—Joe Huber

Aha!Science Whiteboard Edition

These interactive science lessons for grades three to five were designed to be used with interactive whiteboards. Teachers can use Aha!Science as either an introduction to a unit of study or a review of a unit. They can assign the activities in Aha!Science to help reinforce subject matter that was already taught.PROS: The interactive-whiteboard activities are engaging and meet national science standards. They’re simple enough that a teacher with a nonscience background can understand them, and most students will find them fun and appealing.CONS: None.OVERALL EVALUATION: Learning.com has a tradition of producing and acquiring excellent products, and the Aha!Science WhiteBoard is no exception. Like other products from the company, this one is truly standards-based.www.learning.comPrice: First 10 students, $110; every additional 5 students, $60 (learning.com)