San Diego — March 16, 2016 — As part of National Reading Awareness Month, Whooo’s Reading’s, developed by Learn2Earn, is offering an opportunity for schools and districts to join the 37,000 educators already devoted to the effective reading platform with a free, three-month trial. The tool offers tiered level pricing on a per student basis. To partake in the offer, a school or district needs at least three teachers—preferably a librarian or a principal would be involved as well—then simply go to WhooosReading.org to request the free account.
“We are solely focused on providing a 21st-century alternative to traditional literacy programs and want more schools and districts to have the opportunity to try our platform and see for themselves that, unlike other reading programs, ours is truly built to be student-centric rather,” said Raphael Menko, co-founder of Whooo’s Reading. “Everything we have done is focused on benefitting the children who use it, making reading fun, and improving specific reading and writing skills as outlined in district, state or national standards.”
Specifically designed with the motto ‘make sure the kids always win,’ the lively Whooo’s Reading platform makes reading fun by giving students the power of choice, allowing them to read fiction or nonfiction material while incorporating online game elements preferred by today’s digital natives.
Whooo’s Reading is not only highly engaging for students, but it also is effective at increasing student reading levels. A nationwide study of 2,800 randomly selected Whooo’s Reading student users revealed a 2-3 grade level reading improvement for elementary school students who began the school year reading below grade level.
Students using Whooo’s Reading via their secure personal profiles are inspired to read and think critically—and when doing so, are rewarded with virtual Wisdom Coins to personalize and embellish their Owlvatar. This adds a sense of ownership to their work, which motivates them to try harder, thereby improving reading, comprehension and writing skills. Students are encouraged to engage with peers within their class's interactive newsfeed, which displays the books, comments and responses of their classmates, promoting collaboration and deeper engagement.
Teachers using Whooo’s Reading also have customization options, allowing them to create their own question prompts to promote comprehension. Equally accessible are the growing number of preloaded questions aligned with specific standards. The reading anchors (K-8) come standard with each account. These questions hold students accountable to their independent reading in a way previously not possible.Teachers have the ability to review each student's reading responses and give qualitative and quantitative feedback. They can analyze individual and class-wide progress in addition to students’ mastery of specific standards from the data dashboard. For a long-range view, teachers can further monitor students’ reading level increases using their preferred comprehension measuring method, including Lexile, Fountas and Pinnell, Reading Recovery, Rigby, and DRA.
The company recently integrated with Google Classroom in response to teachers’ expressed interest in the idea. The core benefit of integrating with Google Classroom is that teachers and students can log in with their Google account. With the Google Classroom integration, new teacher users will no longer have to upload a roster file to add students, but will be able to automatically add their students by syncing with Google Classroom. Additionally, existing teacher users will be able to sync their current student accounts with Google classroom so their students will also be able to log in with their Google accounts.
The platform also recently launched a new badges system, where every standards-aligned category has three different badges that students can earn as they master the standards.
Menko concluded, “With more than 260,000 students in 9,000 schools logging more than 195MM minutes of reading on our platform, we believe that we are on to something that is getting kids to love reading again…yet even more important, we are giving schools and districts the best tool available to support their efforts to increase student reading proficiency rates and at the same time helping students to develop the habit of reading for FUN, every single day.”
Based in San Diego, Calif., Learn2Earn is a company focused on providing a 21st-century alternative to traditional literacy programs and school fundraising platforms. For more information, visit https://www.WhooosReading.org
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