NEW YORK, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Meeting the needs of school districts shifting toward the use of tablet devices in classrooms, Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) is making much of its groundbreaking and research-based instructional technology iPad-ready for back to school, the company announced today at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Personalized learning technology and ebooks for students, data-rich dashboards for teachers and powerful, formative assessment tools from Scholastic technology programs will be available on iPad for the 2013-14 school year: READ 180®, Common Core Code X™, Scholastic Reading Inventory™ and Scholastic Reading Counts!®.
"In our estimation, the conversion of all of the robust personalized learning technology and the data reporting functionality in READ 180 makes it the most ambitious educational program available on the iPad," said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.
The powerful, new iPad-ready technology in READ 180 makes it lighter, smarter and more flexible for today's teachers and students by:
1) Allowing for extended student access outside of the classroom and beyond the school day.
2) Providing an even more personalized learning experience on personal devices and ensuring every student progresses on his or her own path.
3) Giving teachers and administrators unparalleled access to data, delivered through dashboards as they walk the room.
4) Increasing student engagement through the iPad's intuitive touch screen technology.
5) Reducing startup time and making for an easier implementation across a school or district, so precious instructional time is not wasted.
6) Lowering the total cost of program ownership by providing access through less expensive devices.
"Educators for years have talked with excitement about the possibilities for using tablet devices in education, to really change the game. We think this iPad-ready technology, starting with the full READ 180 student experience, shows what students and teachers are capable of when they have the right support," Mayer said. "It is further evidence of Scholastic's ability to combine innovation with research to create programs that accelerate learning and ensure all students are meeting college and career-ready expectations."
About READ 180: One of the most thoroughly researched and successful educational technology program of all time, READ 180 is designed for students who are two or more years below grade level in reading and leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers so students can accelerate their learning and catch up to their peers. Used every day by 1.5 million students across the country, READ 180 provides all students with an explicit and accelerated path to college and career readiness.
About Common Core Code X: A comprehensive English language arts curriculum for middle school that was developed with input from the NYC Department of Education, Code X was built specifically to address the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and ensure success for students on the Next Generation assessments.
About Scholastic Reading Inventory: Scholastic Reading Inventory is a reading assessment program which provides immediate, actionable data on students' reading levels and growth over time. SRI helps educators differentiate instruction, make meaningful interventions, forecast growth toward grade-level state tests, and demonstrate accountability.
About Scholastic Reading Counts!: Scholastic Reading Counts! is an independent reading program for Grades K-12 which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment.
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