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From Struggling to High Achieving Students

Cary, NC - Throughout the Wake County Public School District students are reading - in class, in the library, during reading camp, and even at home. But when you walk through Wake County’s elementary schools you may not see children with books in their hands. Instead, you’ll see them in computer labs or reading on iPads, laptops, and even smartphones.

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Reading Flourishes in a Digital Learning Environment

Bluffton, SC - The library at Red Cedar Elementary School is a hive of activity. But you won’t find a librarian or teacher shushing students as they excitedly share ideas with each other. Red Cedar is participating in a Beaufort County School District program called Media Center 2.0 that has transformed the library into a high tech makerspace.

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Students Read So Much Librarian Gets Pie in the Face

Grand Junction, CO - As a Charter School, Independence Academy has to set itself apart to attract parents and students to enroll. According to Ms. Weber, “Big Universe elevates us and makes us stand out from other schools in the valley.”

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Reaching Every Reader, Across The Curriculum

Greenwich, CT - There were fewer pencils, paper and textbooks at North Street Elementary School. That’s because every teacher and student now has an iPad Air. “All of the iPads came loaded with apps the district curriculum coordinator selected,” says Principal, Jill Flood. “It didn’t take our teachers long to discover Big Universe and what an incredible resource it is for every subject in the curriculum.”

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Supporting Multiple Teaching Initiatives at a High-Achieving School

Fullerton, CA - Acacia Elementary is a standout school in the Fullerton School District, and it has a reputation for high student achievement. More than half of the children who attend transfer in, and there’s a waiting list to enroll. In 2013, Acacia was even named the number one public elementary school in Orange County by The Orange County Register.

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Creating a Culture of Reading

McKenzie, TN - “We have always had 5s in achievement, but struggled to improve our growth score,” says Carol Nanney, the librarian at McKenzie Elementary School. “This year, our growth score in literature increased from a 1 to a 3. Big Universe has sparked excitement in our students…”

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What Educators Are Saying About Big Universe

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    Ann Linson
    Superintendent of Schools
    East Noble School Corporation

    Kendallville, IN – Big Universe is an outstanding tool that empowers our students to drive their own learning! The extensive selection of digital fiction and nonfiction books allows each student to select books of interest at a variety of reading levels that meet the needs of the student rather than the needs of a budget! Students feel more independent and confident because they have ownership of their literacy development. This is fueled by the quality book choices that are provided and the success they experience through differentiated instruction. Big Universe has created a love of learning in our students that continues to stimulate creativity and discovery!

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    Roze Alvidera
    Teacher
    St. Joachim School

    Hayward, CA – The third graders of St. Joachim School love logging into Big Universe to discover new books and write their own stories. We use Big Universe during reading time or writing lessons. Students find books that spark their interest and use reciprocal teaching as they read. The writing section is a favorite for all writing levels. They enjoy finding pictures to go along with their story, as well as, uploading their own custom pictures. The children are able to navigate themselves through the website that is safe for all users. As their classroom teacher, I enjoy checking their bookshelf and get an idea of what they like to read. I can also see the quizzes that the students take at the end of their book. I would highly recommend Big Universe to any teacher or school who wants to add supplemental content reading, leisure books, general interests to their library and creative writing with technology.

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    Jean Monroe
    Instructional Technologist
    Wake County Public School System

    Cary, NC – Big Universe is an authentic, personalized online learning environment that motivates students to read and write. Students love to share their thoughts and ideas with real-world audiences, and Big Universe provides opportunities for this through the Global Bookshelf Community and Online Self-Publishing. Big Universe gives students voice and choice in what they read and write, creating an atmosphere that fosters student ownership of growth and learning and supports differentiation and individuality.

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    Tom Schwartz
    Principal
    McKinley Intermediate School

    Abilene, KS – Big Universe provides a huge variety of books, topics, levels, to suit ALL readers in the classroom. It is very easy to search by topic and easy to navigate through the whole site. I have used it with struggling readers to enrichment for higher readers. The pictures/graphics in the books are wonderful as well!

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    Dawn Bohannon
    Technology Director
    Ector Independent School District

    Ector, TX – Big Universe has been an outstanding literacy program for Ector Independent School District. It has provided our students with the opportunity to not only read books, but to create their own books and it has also encouraged literacy from school to home. Our students have read over 5,000 books and counting. Big Universe is an extraordinary program which is very user and kid friendly, the quality and content of the books are outstanding, it is extremely easy to navigate, and most of all we are impressed by the way our students have been inspired to read and write. Big Universe definitely scores an A+ from the administration, teachers, instructional assistants, students, parents, and technology staff at Ector Independent School District.

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    Deborah McLaughlin
    Librarian
    Harbor Creek School District

    Harborcreek, PA – Big Universe has helped our library to take the digital step outside our school walls. Not only has it expanded our collection but it has enhanced our literacy curriculum. Our students love to read, write and share, especially on their own mobile devices. The teachers like the data and management components that work so well with our curriculum. Parents are excited to see their student engaged in the reading and writing process.

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