Wright Group/McGraw-Hill and Wireless Generation have announced that Wright Group's Gear Up! Guided Reading Series is now available on mCLASS:Reading software. By using the software and the reading series, teachers can assess students' reading ability using a handheld computer, according to the announcement. Wright Group is Wireless Generation's lead publishing partner for mCLASS:Reading software, offering a broad range of its leveled readers to users of this technology.
Wright Group's Guided Reading Series supports K-2 students at the early stages of reading development. The 112 leveled books, including 13 new titles by noted children's author Joy Cowley, were written to draw young readers into the text using compelling stories, according to the announcement. Fiction and non-fiction texts are paired at each level, from Early Emergent to Early Fluency. A mix of genres and text styles works with lesson plans, which enable educators to deliver effective guided reading instruction. Explicit lesson plans, also available through Wright Group, are aligned with the Five Essential Elements of Reading as set forth by the National Reading Panel 2000, and provide support for English Language Learners.
Users of mCLASS:Reading software can now download the text of any Gear Up! title from the mCLASS:Reading Online Library to their handhelds, following along while a student reads from the actual books, and noting errors according to reading record protocols. The handheld instantly calculates the reading accuracy rate, and provides information about the student's reading ability, the announcement states. When the handheld is "synced" to an Internet-connected computer, student data is immediately transferred to a secure Website where additional reports are available for further analysis and instructional decision-making.
Source: Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, http://www.wrightgroup.com, and Wireless Generation, http://www.wirelessgeneration.com