When Robin Hood was referenced in class reading material, students in Steve McWade’s class didn’t know who he was. The students, 5th graders at Spencer Technology Academy in Chicago, used myON as an on-the-spot resource to learn about the beloved outlaw.
“When you read you pull from your experiences, but my students couldn’t do this,” explained McWade. “They’re deprived of the world around them because they are young, and because of the community they live in. myON gives them access to the world outside.”
With upwards of 99 percent of the school categorized as low income, many students face socio-economic issues including unstable living conditions, and many according to McWade are “reluctant readers.” For students, using myON is fast, effective and fun. They enjoy choosing their own books, which are at the right level for them.