In my February blog post, I talked about our vision for foundational learning solutions and how Edmentum is helping meet the needs of elementary and pre-K students and educators. Our main products that serve this group of customers are EducationCity and Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress. Today’s post is focused on the new features and enhancements you can expect to see in these products for the remainder of 2015.
New Computing Module!
We are pleased to announce that EducationCity will be introducing a new computing subject. The new subject provides a friendly introduction to internet safety, technology in the world around us, and coding.
The computing subject focuses on three critical areas. The digital literacy section addresses the responsible use of technology and educates young people on how to stay safe online. The computer science section provides an introduction to programming and features the Code Crunch programming tool, which helps students explore and understand how code is structured. The third section, information technology, looks at the use of technology to create solutions, solve problems, and complete tasks, such as using basic email information, searching the Internet, and identifying reliable websites.
Computing will be available on April 2, 2015. All existing subscribers will receive complimentary access to the computing module through the end of July 2015. More information will be posted on the EducationCity website soon.
Coming Summer 2015
This summer, we will focus on enhancing MyCities, including adding the ability to sequence content. Teachers will be able to choose if they want to sequence the content placed in a MyCity so that students will work through it in the order given.
We will also have a new version of EducationCity available to support the Indiana Academic Standards. We are working hard to support Common Core and state standards and are pleased to add this version to our state-specific versions.
This year, a bulk import feature for teachers will be added to make starting the new school year easier. We will also be releasing new tests for math and science subjects. In the longer term, look for district and school usage reporting, continued enhancements to the teacher reporting tools, new Learn English content, and more.
Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress
New Reading Eggspress Release
Later this year, we will be releasing a new version of Reading Eggspress. The new version will be mobile compatible and will have a brand-new look and feel. The product will incorporate the use of placement tests and lesson maps. There will be lessons designed to help students transition from Reading Eggs to Reading Eggspress, and they will contain an end-of-map assessment with Lexile® measures. In addition, 44 new independently leveled assessment texts will be embedded into the program to show student progress.
A new English skills section with over 500 spelling, vocabulary, and grammar lessons will also be added, and printable worksheets will be made available for each lesson.
In addition to the big enhancements to Reading Eggspress, we are working on improving reporting and administration tools in both Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress. A recent release included a streamlined process for district coordinators to move students between schools, which will save administrators valuable time. District and school reporting enhancements are also planned for later this year.
We hope that you find these updates to be useful in planning your school year. We look forward to continuing to invest in new features and leading the way in digital solutions for foundational learning!
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