Readorium Rising Reader Adaptive Software System

Price at time of review: subscription rate $22-$34 per student
Mtelegence Corporation

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by Brandy Whitney

The Online Learning Application, Readorium Rising Reader, is a colorful and interesting way to engage reluctant readers in grades three thru five to review science standard based books. It features various online books, magazines, and videos with virtual teachers guiding and encouraging readers as they go. The virtual teachers in the program are diverse in not only gender but in race. This is a rare thing to find in not only software but in printed resources too.

The content also has a strong emphasis on inspiring and encouraging women in science. Especially of note is the self–leveling feature of the program that not only adjusts to each reader but prevents them from simply clicking through a book. In order to progress students must answer reading comprehension questions. In return, students receive virtual money to use at an in–game arcade. The arcade feature is time limited and serves as a great reward without becoming a distraction. Other great features include a page detailing how each article aligns to national standards and a teacher grade book that records student progress. While reviewing this software two other areas of interest arose. The first of these was noted in the Magazine Rack section of the interface. Here students can read short articles on science–based topics. This section allows the student to take a break from the assigned reading and explore a scientific topic that is of interest to them. Because student led learning is so important, this area could help students who may not like a certain assigned reading still explore their love of science in other ways. Additionally, the cost of the program, $22–$34 per student, can be over looked if it is implemented as part of an ELL or Special Education/Reading Support program where leveled reading and monitoring student growth is paramount. Additionally, because of its science standard based content it would be possible to seek grant or other funding to offset the cost. In conclusion, there are many assets to this program, namely the clear teacher platform and standards links as well as the wonderful diversity and the ability for students to guide their own learning. I recommend it.

Review posted on 6/28/2016

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