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Scholastic Education Launches Technology-Based Reading Solutions

Posted Jan 20, 2006
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Scholastic Education has announced the launch of an array of technology products designed to provide effective differentiated instruction, immediate, corrective feedback, and vocabulary support in students' native languages in an effort to provide tools to help English Language Learners (ELLs) become fluent readers.

Scholastic Zip Zoom English

To engage and support beginning ELLs in grades K-3, Scholastic is launching Zip Zoom English, a research-based instructional system that combines technology with groundbreaking books to simultaneously accelerate children's movement into English while teaching important literacy skills. Zip Zoom English helps students build a strong vocabulary, increase word recognition, develop oral language and syntax, and improve listening and reading comprehension through interactive computer-based lessons that individualize and reinforce instruction, according to the announcement. Zip Zoom English is the result of six years of educational research and development from the Pacific Regional Education Lab (PREL).

In addition to the software component, Zip Zoom English includes the Zip Zoom Critical Word Readers, research-based, sequential books for beginning ELL readers with teacher lesson plans for intensive instruction.

READ 180, Enterprise Edition

READ 180, Enterprise Edition, is the first major revision of the reading intervention program launched in 1999. READ 180, Enterprise Edition, delivers reading instruction for students in grades 4 and above who struggle to read proficiently, and now offers a new teaching system and management tools. Additionally, READ 180 now provides support for ELLs in five languages—Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hmong, and Haitian Creole.

The Enterprise Edition provides a more explicit instructional path for whole and small group lessons, making it easier for teachers to implement the program and differentiate instruction based on students' progress and reading levels, according to the announcement. It also helps them identify resources based on students' needs and learn best practices for teaching literacy to struggling readers. The new technology platform features the Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM), a management system that continuously captures data on student performance and provides teachers and administrators with technology tools to manage student data, run reports, and locate resources. SAM also supports more concurrent student users and allows educators to disaggregate student data by AYP groups and chart progress at the classroom, building, and district levels.


ReadAbout is a new supplemental reading achievement program designed to improve vocabulary and comprehension skills, and increase content-area knowledge for all students, including English Language Learners, in grades 3 through 6. The program differentiates instruction to provide a personal learning experience for each student and incorporates high-interest reading choices, engaging video clips, corrective feedback, and a digital reward system to keep students fully engaged.

ReadAbout's vocabulary lists have been informed by research-based, high-utility and content-area word lists as well as grade-level texts in order to increase vocabulary acquisition and build academic language. And throughout the software, students encounter text and voiceover support for all key instruction, Spanish translations of smart words, meanings, captions, anchor video introductions, and topic introductions, and read aloud for all passages with phrase-by-phrase highlighting.

Scholastic RED: Reading Success for English Language Learners

Scholastic Red, a comprehensive professional development program based on scientific reading research, has developed a new online course to help teachers in grades K-3 promote language proficiency, literacy, and content knowledge with these students.

Reading Success for English Language Learners combines online instruction with in-person study groups to guide teachers through techniques to differentiate instruction based on students' levels of English proficiency. The course offers video modeling of effective strategies to accelerate reading achievement. It also teaches all educators how to monitor students' English language development through formal and informal assessments and observations in order to differentiate and teach specifically to students' reading ability levels. This Scholastic RED course also helps K-3 teachers choose and use a wide variety of engaging books and resources, like the ones featured in New Connections to English Classroom Libraries, as well as the Web and software such as Zip Zoom English and READ 180. This course is designed to support any reading curriculum and is accredited by major universities for graduate credit.

Source: Scholastic Corporation,

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