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Bookopolis

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ELA: Reading Study Skills & Tools K-8 Website

Skills

Mindprint Expert Review

Pros

  • Student-friendly, safe site that makes it easy for elementary and middle school students to find and choose books.
  • Enables students to track and visualize their reading progress without the pain of book logs.
  • Enables adults to effectively monitor students' reading progress and give them choices/recommendations.

Considerations

  • The book descriptions have lexile and age levels which might upset students reading below grade level.
  • The BookQuest and recommendations could be better customized for individual students.
  • Adults will want to know that while the site also links to the library, it does link to Amazon for students to purchase the book.

Mindprint Expert Review

This is a fantastic free website with accompanying app to help students find age appropriate books and log and manage their reading. Adults begin by registering an account for themselves and for their elementary or middle school child(ren). An easy search enables students to add books they have read, are reading, or want to read. If appropriate, adults can have students record their reading time. Students are awarded badges for completing books, writing book reviews, recommending books to registered friends, and inviting friends to Bookopolis. They can find new books by a simple search by author, title or genre, seeing books recommended to them by friends, viewing Bookopolis general recommendations, or doing a guided search by following the Bookopolis BookQuest prompts about grade, genre, book length, etc. When students find a book, they can link to Amazon to purchase or a link to borrow it from their local library. Once they have read the book they can opt to write a simple review or a guided book report. Overall, this site provides a wonderfully effective integration of technology to encourage students to read by helping them find books easily, visualize their progress in reading time and finished books, write about the books they read, and interact around their reading with a community of their peers.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Requires registration before using the first time
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Cognitive Concerns

May not be advisable for students with the following cognitive needs

  • Organization
    • Directions may be confusing for students using independently
  • Self-regulation