Kimberlin Academy for Excellence, Texas

Kimberlin Academy for Excellence in Garland, a K-5 gifted and talented magnet and 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, serves a student body comprised of more than 41 percent economically disadvantaged youngsters.  By utilizing myON, they are actively embedding technology in an interdicisplinary way, which has resulted in striking gains for all students.

Educators incorporate myON into the 5E’s instructional model, based upon the constructivist approach to learning, to help engage students—the first step in the 5E’s process. “myON works as an extension of storytelling, which is the power of word through oral expression, and the visuals help bring the stories to life,” explained Principal Tyisha Nelson. “The titles are interesting, which keeps our kids motivated!”

 

"If a principal’s purchases are aligned to campus improvement, funding can be found. Our campus data supports and validates the purchase of myON. With myON, the sky’s the limit!"

“This platform provides a personalized learning experience for all of our Knights,” she added. “Giving kids the opportunity to select their own books encourages ownership.” Student enthusiasm for reading often extends beyond the school day, and Nelson frequently hears comments like, “Every night before I go to sleep I read a book on myON!” 

Teachers are using myON to generate higher order thinking skills and more purposeful talk within their classrooms. For example, myON is a resource for science instruction correlated with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), which require informational, non-fiction text.

Students also read with myON in separate, 50-minute blocks each day. They may be reading independently while their teacher works 1:1 with a classmate. Enrichment “think tank” activities typically revolve around literature from the platform.

To boost utilization and garner parent support for student reading outside of school time, Nelson and her team spotlight myON wherever possible. That includes demonstrations at the annual state of the school address, running student reading challenges, and integration into the school’s digital citizenship and character education programs. This year, each student is developing a measurable academic goal that includes myON.

Funding comes from the principal’s budget because, Nelson says, she knows the school needs myON. “If a principal’s purchases are aligned to campus improvement, funding can be found,” she said. “Our campus data supports and validates the purchase of myON. With myON, the sky’s the limit!”