BiblioNasium was launched a couple of years ago, but appears to be more manageable and professionally-designed than Reading Rewards. In both platforms, students safely log their reading time and identify the titles of books they are reading.
- BiblioNasium is a safe platform that maintains privacy and encourages internet safety and etiquette.
- Students can recommend books to others in the class.
- Student challenge themselves to improve or broaden their reading.
- Students are awarded when they reach predetermined milestones in the program.
- Students may choose their own animated avatar from a provided collection.
- Students may view recommended and award-winning books.
- Students may create shelves of books they would like to read in the future.
- Students no longer have to keep paper reading logs.
- The program is easy to learn and use.
- A teacher may designate a reading level for each student, based on a variety of measures.
- A teachers may monitor student progress (or lack of progress), and view printable reports to assist with data collection and evidence of progress.
- A teacher may recommendations to the entire class or to selected students based on abilities or interests.
- A teacher may encourage expansion of a child's interests by promoting specific genres.
- A teacher has organized data at his/her fingertips.
- A teacher may quietly communicate with individual students or with the whole class about their reading.
- Parents, if they want, may log in to monitor and encourage their children.
- Parents may better identify their children's reading interests and levels.
- Parents may communicate with teachers concerning their children's reading.
- There is no longer a need for parents to sign paper reading logs.
This year, we will start using BiblioNasium. Because of our busy daily schedules and the amount of teaching and learning we do, however, we may not have the daily opportunity to log in to the platform during our school day. If parents agree, they may allow their children to log in at home or at the public library and log their reading times and titles. This, along with other internet- and app-based programs will make our class feel like, look like, and become a more modern educational venue.