Education technology has undoubtedly changed the way students approach learning. For instance, back in the day, kids would either have to visit the local library to stockpile books to read or hope they had a decent collection of books at home that interested them.
This led to plenty of students falling behind on their reading skills simply because they did not have access to enough material that interested them. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to find exciting books online, whatever the topic may be.
Check with the Local Library
Sometimes you don’t have to look far for educational tech that will benefit the entire family. There is an excellent chance your local library can provide you with essentially hundreds of thousands of free eBooks. All you need is a library card number, and in mere moments, the child could be reading a book on an assortment of electronic devices.
Think of OverDrive as the most extensive library you will ever encounter. By using your library card, you will access millions of books. OverDrive has classics, newer novels, and everything in between! The amount of free kids’ books online through OverDrive is staggering. It is a completely free app and will provide enough reading material to last several lifetimes.
LightSail is a comprehensive online literacy platform that not only benefits schools across the globe by allowing educators to create lesson plans and assign projects through their site, but they give students access to plenty of texts while at home as well. Through a school’s subscription, LightSail provides thousands of free books to students. In addition, there is a Lexile assessment associated with each book so educators and parents can determine if the child is comprehending the material.
It seems Google comes closer and closer to taking over the world a little more every day. Is world domination too far off in the future? Google Books is another component of their edtech that will help children of all ages. Through Google Books, a student has access to more than 10 million free books to read now or download later. Their library is growing as well. They originally intended to get every book digitalized and offered through Google Books (not all free, of course). It is a lofty goal and probably is not possible, but it appears they are going to try.
Graphic novels used to be frowned on back in the day. Now, they have never been more popular and are viewed as an essential part of literature. Through the Hoopla app, a child can access all the graphic novels located in libraries (and there are quite a lot of them). Marvel (along with DC) is the largest comic book company in the world. By visiting their website, there are plenty of free comics to be read there. Not to be outdone, the DC Universe Infinite app has a plethora of free issues for kids (and adults) to read as well. The Barnes & Noble website has free graphic novels to read of loads of Marvel and DC characters.
Let iAchieve Work With Your Student
If you know of a child struggling with their literacy skills, then it is the perfect time to remedy the situation. With all of this free reading material available online and at every possible reading level, it is possible to turn even the biggest nonreader into a proficient reader if the right books are presented. At iAchieve, we have professional tutors that can work with students to increase their overall reading achievement. Either in person or through video conferencing, let us help get your students back on track.