June 29, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc
EdSurge, the independent online platform that brings together professionals interested in the intersection of education and technology, recently revealed its “Top Ten” list of “S’Cool Tools” for 2014. ReadWorks made the list as an especially useful free resource to help students develop literacy skills across a broad range of subjects.
A nonprofit organization that draws on the work of experienced classroom teachers and research specialists at the National Reading Panel, ReadWorks has earned widespread praise from teachers, who say its products have helped their students improve reading-comprehension skills significantly. By offering lesson plans, leveled reading passages, and research-based support tools for teachers to use and share with their students and colleagues, ReadWorks aims to raise the literacy skills of children in kindergarten through high school. ReadWorks focuses on aligning its products with the Common Core curriculum standards that most states across the nation are implementing.
Teachers can download numerous ReadWorks student-reading passages in history, social studies, life sciences, earth sciences, and more. The site additionally supplies question sets designed to gauge and encourage students’ critical thinking skills about the reading passages.
In addition to ReadWorks, the EdSurge list included HSTRY, which provides online tools for creating interactive timelines; Coggle, which makes building connections easier by showing students how to organize information webs; and Printable Paper, which offers more than 1,000 useful templates for designing everything from seating charts to budget spreadsheets.