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The Essential Difference Between Evaluation and Assessment

I recently had a conversation with a classroom teacher regarding multiple measures of assessment in literacy. Tell me if you have heard this one...

Building Reading Comprehension Through Questions, Inquiry, and Sketchnotes

To comprehend or not to comprehend—that is the question. To do so illustrates a strong connection between reader and text, a connection that can...

Two Examples of Successful Community Reading Models

In a brief released in 2013, the Family and Community Engagement and Afterschool Alliance underscored the importance of early and active reading...

Finding the Right Mix of Print and Digital Text for Student Reading

Education technology that supports personalized literacy continues to thrive in school districts across the nation due to its increased...

ELLs and Summer Reading: How to #KeepKidsLearning

More than 4.5 million English language learning (ELL) students leave school each spring and face summer learning loss, otherwise known as the “...

The Young Readers of Tennessee Share Their Love of myON

As members of the education community, we are very aware that in every classroom, educators who use digital, online libraries to assist their...

Building a Community of Readers

As defined in the dictionary, a community is as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in...

How Student Choice Empowers Readers

We’ve all heard the discussion surrounding the challenges of attention and retention in today’s “digital age,” especially when it comes to...

5 Ways to Assess Reading Comprehension Without Constantly Testing

During the average school year, students complete a state standardized test, a few benchmark tests, and several summative assessments for...

For Reading Assessments, Say Goodbye to Bubble Tests and Hello to Instant Feedback

When I first started as an educator, digital reading assessments simply did not exist—and we didn’t think they would for a very long time...

The Five Essential Elements of Reading…and Your English Language Learner Students

I began my fifth grade year in a small military town in Maryland, at a new school, knowing no one but my immediate family members, and I didn’t...

It’s Worth the Struggle–The Power of Peer Reviews Using Digital Literacy Tools

Students today write like they never have before-both in print and online. Young or inexperienced writers need to both observe proficient writers...

Assessing Reading Fluency–Word Recognition Automaticity

In my previous blog I presented a simple approach for assessing students’ word recognition accuracy. Certainly accuracy in word recognition is...

Wait, What? You Wanted Me To Do What? The Importance of Visible Thinking Routines For Student Clarity

I strongly believe that the more transparent and explicit we are in communicating with students in what we view as exemplar work, the more...

Assessing Reading Fluency – Word Recognition Accuracy

Reading fluency has been identified by the Common Core Standards as a foundational reading competency.   This means that readers must have a solid...

Inquiry-Driven Student Choice in The Digital Classroom

Creating a digital classroom is essential to engaging students in learning for today’s YouTube generation.  We all know the “one size fits all”...

Getting Back to School with English Language Learners

End of Summer Blues

Like many of you, I am gearing up for the start of another amazing school year. With this, a plethora of feelings arise; I...

Thoughts from a student…and a parent.

From time to time,  we receive messages and pictures from students and, occasionally, their parents.  We thought we would share our most recent...

Blog authors
Elyse August
Elyse is Vice President of Services at myON. She has worked with educators, communities, families, and students across the nation to build...
Timothy Rasinski
Dr. Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. He has written over 200...
Todd Brekhus
Todd Brekhus is president of myON and a former teacher, department chair, and technology director...
Tracy Cantrell
Tracy Cantrell is a gifted-language arts teacher at Snelson-Golden Middle School in Hinesville, Georgia.
Billy Spicer
Billy currently teaches in Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 in suburban Chicago. After spending a decade teaching 3rd thru 5th grades,...
Steven Rivera-Padilla
A Bilingual Education Paraprofessional with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Steven has spent years working with students from various countries...