Type of Technology: Application
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution
Grade Level: K-5th
Subject Area: Language Arts
Name of app or software: Scholastic Core-Clicks
At my staff meeting a few weeks ago, my principal, Casie Killgore, mentioned the “Scholastic Core-Clicks,” that she was given to try to see if we liked the program. I used it with my class for 3 months and there were many great things about it. I know we have a lot on our plate, and I don’t want to make this post too lengthy, but here are 5 little things I picked up on that will be helpful if you want to try this!
1. It seems to be for grades K-5, but some of the Lexiles for 5 will work for 6th as well.
2. The site is organized into 3 different categories: Text Studies, Skill Videos, and Reading Checkpoints.
Text Studies are organized by Science/Social Studies articles by: Lexile Level, Guided Reading Level, or Text Complexity Level.
Skill Videos are organized by K-2 and 3-5, and they have little 3 minute video clips on all the different skills example: Author’s Purpose, Cause and Effect…etc.” They are in kid-friendly language and are a good intro when introducing a new skill for your kids! This would be a great whole-class intro video.
Reading Check Points are organized by articles and little/short questions. This would be good to check comprehension. You can assign articles to different studies based on levels OR you can assign your whole class the same article. They can listen to the article, read it without listening, or you can also print here too.
3. In many categories (Reading Check Points and Text Studies) there is an option to listen to the story, and the story is highlighted word by word as the person is reading the story to the child. This seems like a great option for our lower grade teachers and for us upper grade teachers who have struggling readers!
4. It is pretty user-friendly and walks you through the steps easily. You register your email address and you get 3 months free. This would be good to “try out” in a reading center, and see if we like it or not to actually purchase for use.
5. You can add your students into a “class roster” and assign articles/texts that range from different levels. This part is better to explain by “showing” rather than “telling.” BUT pretty easy to mess around with.
The link to get started and set up your free trial is at Scholastic Core Clicks . They will send you an email and have a username and password that you will need to change.