Great Seneca Creek Elementary School, Maryland

The leadership team at Great Seneca Creek Elementary School in Montgomery County prides itself on staying in front of innovation by trying out best practices and new resources. So when Library-Media Specialist Lisa Norris first saw myON during Digital Learning Day a few years ago, she brought information back to her K-5 school, where the student roster of nearly 700 includes a growing percentage of English Language Learners.

"Literacy is a big part of our day,” Principal Scott Curry explained. “We work hard to keep all of our kids motivated to read and were intrigued by the large library of digital books from myON. We also wanted staff to see how they could use myON within their instructional setting.”

The “great depth” of non-fiction within myON helps meet Common Core requirements and close reading tools prepare students for PARCC assessments, he added.

“It is a huge challenge for teachers to find the resources they need to meet the individual needs of students,” Norris said. “myON has made it easier for teachers to efficiently locate and provide access to authoritative resources and not have to worry whether there are enough copies to go around, because the books in myON can be accessed simultaneously.”

"We work hard to keep all of our kids motivated to read and were intrigued by the large library of digital books from myON."

myON provides the greatest number of students with accessibility to text they can understand and read, including those who find it difficult to engage with print materials, according to Norris. “Not only does myON provide optional reading scaffolds for these students, it also gives them background information and knowledge—through the extensive collection of non-fiction texts—needed to become successful readers,” she said.

“Teachers across the grade levels are using the project tool on a daily basis to make differentiated reading lists for their reading groups, “Norris continued.” Students can practice close reading skills by highlighting key details, literary devices, story elements and more using the electronic literacy tools.”

“Projects allow students to select books based on interest and level,” explained Abigail Stone, who teaches fourth grade. “Students apply reading strategies and have access to graphic organizers in order to synthesize information from multiple texts through written response.”

"It is a huge challenge for teachers to find the resources they need to meet the individual needs of students. myON has made it easier for teachers to efficiently locate and provide access to authoritative resources and not have to worry whether there are enough copies to go around."

Students and teachers set goals together, by looking at real-time data on time spent reading, number and types of books read, and quiz scores -- all generated by reading activity in and out of school time, including over the summer.

Curry identified the correlation between time spent reading with myON and improvement in MAP-R (Measures of Academic Progress in Reading) scores, particularly for ELL students, as one more indicator that myON is making a difference. “As far as supporting our overall educational plan, myON is a good fit,” he concluded.