When a visionary school leader dramatically increases student access to technology and adds appropriate engaging content, the transition can produce transformational results in both student engagement and achievement.
That’s what happened at Central Elementary, a Title I school in Ferguson, Missouri. As she was adding iPad and Chromebook carts to supplement the computer lab, Principal Crystal Isom expanded a two-classroom myON pilot into a full-school implementation in January of 2014.
“Ms. Isom envisioned moving away from basal readers and providing guided reading for our 300 students,” said Patti Paton, the school’s veteran reading specialist of 20 years.
“We also found that myON was a perfect match for our self- selected reading as it met our students where they were and moved them forward.”
“myON is an absolutely wonderful resource that engages students,” Isom explained. “It enables students to read a variety of texts while helping them feel comfortable with manipulating computer tools. Students who use myON have a competitive advantage over students who do not have similar resources. State assessments all over the nation are changing the format of the test to a computer based assessment with a listening component as a feature of the state assessment. Central students approached the Missouri Assessment Program with confidence, because they had consistently used myON... myON rocks!”