More with Epic Books!
Type of technology: Website/App
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution
Grade level: TK-6
Subject area: Language Arts/Science/Social Studies
Cost: Free for Schools (have to pay to use at home)
Last school year I was introduced to the wonderful app, Epic Books (an online library that is free for teachers and students, the Netflix of books if you will). In the past, I mostly used the app only to have children choose books that they wanted to read or listen to but this school year I realized that there is so much more you can do with Epic Books. If you’re an elementary school teacher, this app is definitely for you and your students! Here’s what you can do with the app in addition to having access an online library:
First, when you are creating profiles for your students, you can send a notification to the parents so that the parents can sign their child up for access to Epic books at home. This is music to a teacher’s ears, right?! Access to multiple books in various forms (audio, read to me, etc.) at home, every teacher wishes this for their students.
Another feature I learned about this year is students can take quizzes on their books. Some of the books have quizzes to take when the student is finished reading, or their is also a feature for teachers to make their own quiz!
One element I like most about Epic Books is that you can check each students activity to see what they are reading and how much they are reading. This not only gives the teacher insight on what the student likes/enjoys to read, but it also lets the teacher know the volume of reading that is being done.
Epic Books is another avenue to allow teachers and parents to monitor their student’s/child’s reading. This app is another way to be a partnership with parents to further advance their child and foster their love of reading.
Check out these two short student interviews about Epic Books: