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Success Story: From Struggling to High Achieving Students, Leveled eBooks Support Learning Across the Curriculum

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 26, 2017 1:27:34 PM

Cary, NC - Throughout the Wake County Public School District students are reading — in class, in the library, during reading camp, and even at home. “Our goal is to get more books into the hands of students,” shares Sherri Miller, Director, K-12 Literacy. 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. That’s because since 2014 Wake County has relied on the Big Universe digital literacy solution to expand access to quality nonfiction and fiction text to all students and teachers. As a Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools district, Wake County is a pioneer of innovative learning and leadership practices, including the use of eBooks.

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Success Story: Flexible Access to Content Across Classrooms and Curriculum

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 12, 2017 11:38:24 AM

Crestwood, KY - Educators at Camden Station Elementary in the Oldham County School District understand the importance of flexibility. “Our student population has shifted and changed over the past five years,” says Library Media Specialist Lauren Rataj. This has brought about many changes, including its classification as a Title I school.

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10 Amazing Ways to Use Big Universe

Posted by Big Universe on Jan 12, 2017 11:22:49 AM
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Get ideas from other educators for using Big Universe. Read success stories.

  1. Increase Reading and Support Teaching with 10,000+ eBooks
    Students can read like crazy at school, at home or just about anywhere by finding books that appeal to them. Teachers can quickly locate topic specific content for every subject.
  2. Integrate Literacy Across the Curriculum 
    Find authentic texts for every subject and genre to support and enhance your lessons. Stunning photos and illustrations are perfect for display on electronic whiteboards.
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Success Story: Digital Content and Competition Encourage Reading

Posted by Big Universe on Dec 21, 2016 12:53:11 PM

Marshall, MN - The 2016-17 school year has been a year of firsts for West Side Elementary, which serves about 350 third and fourth grade students in Marshall Public Schools. It’s the first year the school has been 1:1, and educators put those devices to good use by starting their first year with Big Universe. “We did a trial run of Big Universe last year,” explains Reading Specialist Elizabeth Ritter. “Our teachers really liked it, so from there we applied for a district grant to purchase it. One-hundred percent of teachers were using Big Universe at the start of the school year.”

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Success Story: Supporting Multiple Teaching Initiatives at a High-Achieving School

Posted by Big Universe on Dec 14, 2016 11:22:03 AM

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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Success Story: School Expands Their Library With eBooks; Students Read So Much Librarian Gets Pie in the Face

Posted by Big Universe on Dec 14, 2016 11:13:24 AM

Grand Junction, CO - Typically, if students start throwing pies at a teacher they’ll end up in detention pretty quickly. That wasn’t the case for 10 students at Independence Academy in Mesa County Valley School District 51 at the start of the 2016-17 school year. These students had each read 50 or more books during the school’s summer reading challenge. Their reward was a certificate of recognition and the opportunity to throw pies at the school’s librarian, Lacey Weber, and to see the principal throw one at Ms. Weber, too. “I’m notorious for a ‘go big or go home’ mentality,” says Ms. Weber. “The students were totally motivated by the challenge and the chance to toss a pie at me.”

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Success Story: Motivating Middle School Students to Prioritize Reading

Posted by Big Universe on Dec 8, 2016 5:01:56 PM

Daphne, AL - Library Media Specialist Sandi Peak knows that middle schoolers can be difficult to impress — especially when it comes to reading. She also knows that reading isn’t at the top of the to-do list for the 625 7-8 grade students enrolled at Daphne Middle School in the Baldwin County School District. “Middle school is different than any other group,” Ms. Peak says. “We’ve found it to be a struggle to motivate them to read.”

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Success Story: Competition Fuels Spike in Nonfiction Reading

Posted by Big Universe on Dec 2, 2016 4:49:05 PM

Columbia, SC - During the 2015-16 school year Shannon Ryan, Library Media Specialist at Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus (LCEU) and Elementary District Representative for the Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC, set the goal to get more students reading nonfiction. In recent years, new standards have placed more emphasis on reading nonfiction and developing students’ research skills across content areas. With this goal in mind, Ms. Ryan decided to start a weekly trivia contest for students that would require them to read a nonfiction book in order to find the answer to the trivia question.

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Success Story: Giving Students Access to More Books In Spite of Tight Budgets

Posted by Big Universe on Nov 28, 2016 4:43:58 PM

Daphne, AL - Charlotte Lauderdale was no stranger to Big Universe when she interviewed with Principal Mark Doherty for the Library Media Specialist position at Daphne East Elementary. “I personally have been using Big Universe for about seven years, because I worked for another district that had Big Universe’s district license,” she explains. The digital library made an impression. “I mentioned Big Universe during my interview.”

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Success Story: Reading Flourishes in a Digital Learning Environment

Posted by Big Universe on Oct 18, 2016 1:17:53 PM

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. “Three years ago we moved all of the physical books out of the library to other areas around the school,” shares Instructional Coach Cynthia Laizer.“We were left with a big empty space that we filled with Promethean tables, electronic whiteboards, and other tools students can use to explore and create. The library is always full of students and energy.” Even though there are no longer bookshelves in the library, students and teachers still have plenty of access to books thanks to the Big Universe eBook library.

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