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Florida District Turns the Page on Literacy: Capstone's myON Reader Captivates K-8 Students at All Reading Levels and Interests

Magazine article District Administration

Florida District Turns the Page on Literacy: Capstone's myON Reader Captivates K-8 Students at All Reading Levels and Interests

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Educators in Hillsborough County, Florida, no longer fear the summer slide.

Thanks to Capstone's myON reader personalized literacy program, the district's 130,000 elementary and middle school students are reading more than ever, even during breaks from school.

"Typically in June and July, we'd see a decrease in the number of books read," said Barbara Hancock, general director of elementary education for Hillsborough County Public Schools. "Last summer, however, students read more in myON than they had in February, March and April."

Capstone's myON reader provides the largest integrated library of enhanced digital books for readers at all levels and varied interests. The program tracks time spent reading, number of books read, reading growth and more.

The district introduced myON reader to Title 1 schools in the fall of 2010, then offered a simplified version--which only tracked number of books read--to all K-5 students this past summer. The complete program is now expanding to all K-8 students and families in the district.

"Very simply, it's a library of more than 2,600 books available instantly in your home, your classroom, day care, media center--anywhere you can get to a web browser: tablet, desktop, smartphone," Elementary Library Media Supervisor John Milburn said.

Each student has a unique username and password to access myON reader, where they find recommendations based on reading level and interests. They also can click on a teacher tab for assigned reading or browse the entire digital library. Students can make their own list of books they want to read, and they can safely interact with readers and teachers through ratings and reviews.

"After every five books they read, they take a short Lexile assessment," Milburn said. "As students gain reading ability, the recommended reading list changes. …

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