Scientific Learning Corp. has released the next generation of the guided reading software called Reading Assistant Plus, which aims to help schools develop students’ fluency, prosody, and comprehension.
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
The Parlin School in Everett, MA introduced Scientific Learning’s Reading Assistant program in December 2008, and has praised the program’s impact on the second graders who participated. Second grade teachers at the school explain that through the program’s three 20 minute
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
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
Laredo Independent School District’s twenty elementary and four middle schools have incorporated Scientific Learning's Reading Assistant software into their resource classrooms, with the goal of improving students’ reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.Alma Rodriguez, Assistive Technology Coordinator, explains that since over
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