Month: February 2024

Schoolwide Launches New e-Reader Experience in Digital Teaching & Learning Platform, Fundamentals Unlimited

We're so excited to introduce our upgraded e-Reader experience in Fundamentals Unlimited!

Schoolwide’s new and improved e-Reader has launched in our digital teaching and learning platform, Fundamentals Unlimited. The e-Reader upgrade will offer educators and students a modern user interface – both on and offline – and a range of new tools and capabilities to make learning via the e-Reader more accessible to more students. 

 

Our e-Reader upgrade was focused particularly on creating a more interactive and immersive reading and learning experience, so that students can more actively engage with texts, and similarly, so teachers can enhance their instruction. It also promotes opportunities for both personalized and self-directed learning. With the new e-Reader now live, Schoolwide has also launched some instructional materials in the interface, including the Decodable Texts & Teaching Plans Teacher’s Guides and Guided Reading Plans. We are looking forward to exploring how we might bring other Fundamentals curricula and professional resources into the e-Reader experience. 

 

Some notable features of the new e-Reader include:

 

  • Bookmark pages, add notes, and highlight text
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  • Search within the text
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  • Share texts with annotated teaching points with your students
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  • Easily access teaching materials via the Resources tab (currently available in instructional materials and Read & Learn Along texts in the e-Reader) and through clickable “hot spots” – access teaching plans, assessments, and more!

 

You can view a short video tutorial of the new e-Reader experience below and access slides with a Step-by-Step guide: 

What else is new?

Now available in our e-Reader are 26 interactive Read And Learn Along texts, exclusively from Schoolwide. Read & Learn Along e-Books offer an exciting and interactive reading experience for students, featuring a unique dual narrative experience (read-aloud text with teaching points). The e-Books combine quality text and vibrant images with the strategic integration of research-based teaching points, prompts, and questions. With Read And Learn Alongs:

 

  • Strengthen students’ reading and language comprehension
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  • Build vocabulary and content knowledge
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  • Model critical thinking for students

 

Read And Learn Alongs also include embedded teaching materials, including Multiple-Choice Quizzes to check for reading comprehension, lists of Key Vocabulary, and a comprehensive overview of all narrated Teaching Points. Learn more in our Step-by-Step guide!

 

Webinar Recap (Replay & Presentation): Creating a Community of Writers

 

Watch the webinar replay and download the presentation below!

 

On Thursday, February 1st, Schoolwide National Senior Director of Professional Learning Partnerships, Pat Pollack, was joined by three inspiring educators to talk about their journeys in building a community of writers in their schools and districts.

 

Brad Worrell, Grade 5 Teacher for Devonshire Elementary School, Melissa Llano, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Franklin Park District 84, and Stephanie Drake, Principal of the Washington School, District 75 Mundelein, all shared their perspectives and distinct insights about the important components of creating a sense of community around writing instruction, and how to create the environments and teaching practices that encourage students to see themselves as authors. Watch the replay above to hear their stories and experiences! 

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