Edtech Index
Curriculum Products
Categories: Reading and Language Arts

Summary of Reviews

5 star 42 — I'd put effort into advocating for it
4 star 72
3 star 22 — I might suggest it, but I wouldn't follow up
2 star 5
1 star 0 — Not likely to recommend at all
Stars reflect how much each reviewer is willing to advocate Curriculet.
Rating unavailable for 16 reviews.

Elizabeth, Teacher. School Type: High School

Advocate

Usage: I love Curriculet! The content is excellent. There are quite a few free items already available and now they have a partnership with HarperCollins that will allow students to "rent" books at a reasonable price. Hopefully, they'll be able to get that price down when whole districts adopt their products. I love that there are questions, quizzes, and videos already embedded in the books, but that you can alter these and add your own. Students can also highlight, annotate, and define words. iBooks allows you to see all your highlights at the end on one page, so that would be nice to see in the future. I would use this to monitor my students' progress and to test them along the way.

Strengths: The content, as I've mentioned already, is excellent. It is easy to use, visually appealing, with embedded assessments. Students can access their work anytime, anywhere on their devices. I can see what students don't understand so we can discuss it more in depth in class. We can also include questions to prepare them for their "embedded assessments" or projects. I love that I can "spy" on them and know who is reading and how much time they are spending on the work.

Suggestions for Improvement: I was going to use this, but our county does not have one-to-one devices and I didn't think that would be fair. Unfortunately, this is a equity problem. Students with more money/resources will benefit more until the playing field is evened. BCPS is addressing this by implementing devices over the next few years--exciting! I would REALLY like to see the feature where you can click a button and all the student's highlight and annotations are on one page. When I taught with iPads, this feature was remarkable. I gave my middle school students four themes to highlight and most used four colors to correlate with each theme. Then when we wrote essays on three themes in the book, all the highlights/annotations were right there. I would also suggest some way of making it so that students have to submit an answer before they can progress. I don't think curriculet does this, but I liked that ActivelyLearn did.

Verdict: I teach five classes of standard level students and many of them do not complete homework assignments--and I don't know why. That is, I don't know if it's because they're "unmotivated" or if they are actually having trouble with the assignments. By using curriculet, you can see if students are understanding it when they are using it in the classroom. Then you can work with students to help them along. Also, it is possible to have different students work on different books at the same time, at their own speed. This might get complicated, but it is an option for differentiating. It is also low-cost/free. Also, Common Core questions are embedded throughout so I am sure that I am covering the core elements. A district could also adopt the books and embed their own questions so each book is aligned within the county.

Stacie, Tech Coordinator. School Type: High School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

Advocate

Usage: At Garrison Forest School we're looking to make the transition to ebooks, but are struggling with finding tools for annotating online work. We've had problems with Diigo (glitchy features, creating accounts isn't very easy, joining classes can be confusing) which has in turn slowed down our transition to using online texts. This seems like a great way to start making that move to reading online.

Strengths: Embedding photos and videos into annotations is very easy it also looks pretty which is always a plus! I also like that students must answer questions while ready to move forward. The reports are also very aesthetically pleasing and easy to understand.

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be nice if you could embed the etext into a website/moodle page/etc. (Similiar to the way that you can embed a GoogleDoc or PDF from GoogleDrive into a website and scroll through the embedded file directly on a website. It would also be nice if you could share the curriculet files with students who were not enrolled in the course. You wouldn't be able to receive feedback but it would make sharing the text with students who were not able to create accounts (for whatever reason). I think that this software is missing a way for students to share annotations with each other. If students could annotate work as they go (or maybe were required to submit three annotations per chapter before moving forward) and then teachers moderated the annotations to share with others, that could be really useful. Some sort of discussion feature at chapter marks could also be interesting.

Verdict: It's free!!!! Also, the costs of texts are low, much lower than paper text. The interface is very user friendly and creating accounts is easy for both teachers and students. The annotating feature is very straightforward.

Nieshe, Science Department Chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: This tool is relevant to our curriculum goals at St. Pius X- St. Matthias Academy. In terms of the English department, curriculet has a library that has novels and texts currently used by PMA’s English Dept and Social Sciences Dept. For example: Things Fall Apart, The Grapes of Wrath, The Alchemist, Life of Pi. For science, which is the subject I teach I can upload lab documents and flip the classroom by embedding videos explaining these documents to the students so that they come to class prepared for their lab experiments.

Strengths: Ability to upload your own WordDocs & PDFs Able to embed videos of teacher talking about text (flipped classroom) Able to input documents for Spanish and French Class level report on data Average quiz grade, time on task, homework completion For time tracking: Only tracks when students are actively in the app. If they leave to visit social media it stops tracking Able to see class level standard progress Example: diction, textual evidence, point of view, & purpose The ability to track the students behind the scenes addresses issues with students not actually reading and cuts down on the time needed to analyze data.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Continue to add to the curriculet library 2) Add discussion board feature No further suggestions at this time.

Verdict: 1) Enrollment & cost is reasonable 2) The following features: -Teacher can create questions or use stock questions -Student dictionary -You can upload your own WordDocs & PDFs -Able to embed videos of teacher talking about text [Flip Classroom] -Able to input documents for Spanish and French 3) Functions for Teachers/Data Analysis: -Class level report on data -Average quiz grade, time on task, homework completion -For time tracking: Only tracks when students are actively in the app. If they leave to visit social media it stops tracking -Able to see class level standard progress

Assistant Principal, School Type: High School

Advocate

Usage: Support student reading development. School wide digital reading platform to assign novels, non-fiction, and current events (and other magazine, journal, etc). Best part is the ability of the teacher to customize for groups of readers (down to individual student)

Strengths: Allows the teacher to develop and assign specific subset skills, such as identifying the main idea or compare and contrast. It allows the teacher to develop a personalized learning experience for each student based on collected data for the program. It allows for genuine differentiation of instruction within a hybrid class model

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Be able to construct a year long reading course. So it would have long-range planning capabilities and students could follow. No longer students back by the pace of the class, or allowing students to move slower if that is needed. 2. Wider range of reading resources, i.e. allowing the importation of a kindle book to allow more selection 3. A tool that allows for more flexibility in adjusting for student lexile level. This is something Achieve 3000 does really well.

Verdict: It supports reading instruction in all content areas. In turn it supports SAT instructional strategy. It offers a digital platform for what has been traditional hardcopy only experiences, but it also allows for personalized and differentiated instruction. Additionally it allows the teacher to embedded Q's, and alternate experiences that work on the development of specific skill subsets, such as "similes" for example.

Melanie , English Department Chair. School Type: High School, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: This product allows me to centralize all of the material I want to use for instruction. Multimedia, reading, assessment for both in- and out-of-class purposes. It allows me to monitor students'progress in different ways-from a more holistic perspective to one that is broken down by standard, concept, or student. It facilitates my ability to get quick feedback about students' progress, not just to save me personal time, but also to allow me to get feedback almost immediately so that I can plan for instruction that is truly based on students' actual progress and achievement, not just on what I assume.

Strengths: Time issues, abilities to create something great and timeconsuming only oncebut use it over and over again Timely feedback, real data to drive instruction, teacher ability to tailor/adapt/modify/etc. Rented texts!!!

Suggestions for Improvement: Not much. If school's don't have students who have connectivity at home, that's a huge issue, but no one that this product can deal with

Verdict: This really is a product that shows how blended and student-centered digital learning can be a win-win for all involved: teachers, students, and parents. Monitoring students is much, much easier. Data can be collected easily. Teachers are saved time. Differentiation of lessons based on timely collected student achievement data can be made. I would advise that this product be compared to others that are similar. What makes this product better, more comprehensive, etc.? How can it be integrated with other products and/or updated/upgraded to keep up with emerging and changing technology? Lots of potential here...

Bryanna , English Teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, BYOD Devices

Advocate

Usage: This would be a great program to use in preparing students for Common Core type questions. There is a large selections of texts (that are, unfortunately, not ALL listed on the site) and a good repertoire of questions. It was a bit confusing to preview how the students will view the site, but the questions and format of the website are solid. The site also translates well from browser to iphone.

Strengths: A good selection of texts with a great selection of questions, Curriculet allows students to actively read the text and engage with it in a paperless environment. The collaborate teacher environment is also a plus!

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. A larger selection of texts would be nice you can never have enough texts! 2. An ability for students to type and rationalize their answering would help teachers see the thought process of the students from a distance. 3. A way for the students to collaborate on answers or questions have them take control of the answers and discussions about the texts.

Verdict: As students at my school are moving towards Common Core and PARCC style testing, this is a good bridge between the traditional pen-and-paper test the students are used to and the fully-computerized PARCC test of the future. The models of the questions are also great for a common core newbie like me!

Administrator, Curriculum Specialist and teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: I would use this product in my K-6 school as a resource for teachers to keep track of CCSS mastery levels in the reading standards.

Strengths: This tool allows teachers to collect compreehnsion mastery information linked to the CCSS. It allows you to purchase ebooks, upload your own books, for use in your classes. You can use pre-formatted comprehension questions alligned to the CCSS or create your own. The reporting features are rich and you can sort mastery-levels to quuikly identify those students who need intervntion. A great tool for ELL's!!

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. Not all students have internet access, so a bubble-sheeet option that could be scanned would be great!! 2. Better reporting features for students that allow you to create and monitor intervention. 3. Maybe some kind of a comprehension question-maker that can help teachers to design good comprehension questions.

Verdict: This is the first tool I have seen that allows teachers to collect reading comprehension mastery data and that can be used to design interventions.

Mary Anne, Teacher/Director of Academic Services. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School, BYOD Devices

Advocate

Usage: I would use it to complement the regular text (anthology), especially for annotating and reading check purposes.

Strengths: The product is essentially free and seems easy to use -- it gives freedom to the teachers and students to annotate individually and in a way that makes sense to each of them. I will be able to use any of the selections that are in the public domain or rent (for a nominal fee) the ones that are not.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would try to get the major publishers on board to put the selections from their anthologies on the site.

Verdict: Curriculet is basically free, editable, and very user-friendly. It would solve the problem of allowing students to annotate texts in creative ways without marking up the books they will need to sell at the end of the year. I love that the students can attach videos while they are annotating (as well as comments or questions). I also like the way that they answer questions throughout the text.

Danielle, Principal. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: II would like the teachers in Grades 5 to 8 to use curriculet with their literature circles for some of their units since so many of the novels available are ones that are read every year.

Strengths: The demo that I saw at the table showed that teachers could use largely the same texts they were already using but in a more interactive way than with a traditional paper text. It added the functionality of monitoring time on task as well as targeting specific skills and competencies in a seamless way that could be tracked and reported over time.

Suggestions for Improvement: Keep cost low. Integrated with existing systems (like Edmodo and Google Classroom) but it must be a simple process to purchase book rentals for students. If it's a cumbersome process, teachers and schools won't use it.

Verdict: It integrates with Edmodo. It's using the same novels the teachers already use.

Teacher, School Type: Middle School, 1:1 Devices

Advocate

Usage: I would use this program to help students conduct close reading of classroom texts. This program would allow me to differentiate texts, allow students to annotate and interact with text resulting in a deeper understanding of what the texts say.

Strengths: - allowing students to authentically interact with text - allowing teachers to front load by providing background information within the text so that students can take advantage of it if they need it

Suggestions for Improvement: It would be nice to be able to have folders or some way to categorize the contents of the library.

Verdict: I would point out how well the program aligns with the shift in instruction that we are going through right now. Also, teachers are not limited to the texts available from the site--they can import their own documents.

Tim, Teacher. School Type: High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: To provide students with formatted reading opportunities with guided instruction embedded,

Strengths: It provides teachers with opportunities to use and create readings for students with guided questions that accompany each one.

Suggestions for Improvement: Drop down menus/templates of comments responding to student replies. The ability for teachers to create comments that could be dragged as replies to student comments or answers. The opportunity for students to share their comments with others reading the same material.

Verdict: This program provides students with directed reading activities that empower them as improving readers.

harmony, Teacher 8th Grade. School Type: Middle School, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: we are adding a summer reading text that will either be science or sstudies and i teach both so i would lOVE to have this program to use for the science/ss novel they choose

Strengths: *so many novels available *so user friendly *can be used on any device! *answers the question of did you read, forces kids to stop at key points and answer a question that YOU the teacher create, edit with different options (open response, mult response)

Suggestions for Improvement: add more books cannot think of anything else at the moment, seems amazing and cannot wait to try it out!

Verdict: this would make everything the literacy teachers are doing so much easier, more efficient and the kids i truly believe would like/enjoy using this

Don, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Project Based School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices, Blended Learning

Advocate

Usage: I would use this to capture articles and convert to PDF in order to make learning more topical. I would also use the novels for lit study sets. This is a game-changer.

Strengths: The rental aspect for books. Since it is digital, no damaged books. Cross-platform is an added bonus.

Suggestions for Improvement: Connect to Google Classroom. Allow students to rent books from their student accounts. Extend rental period to a year for teachers who want to use the novel all year long with different groups.

Verdict: Opens up a ton of reading and teaching opportunities. Novels for kids to read at little expense to district.

Teacher, School Type: High School, 1:1 Devices

Advocate

Usage: To establish before during and after reading assignments directly embedded within a text

Strengths: Embedding questions, anecdotes, videos, and assessments at a particular point within the text proves valuable.

Suggestions for Improvement: Offer more modern short stories so that students can more easily relate to the culture and characters within texts. Also ur user interface needs more color to attract student attention.

Verdict: In offering a wide selection of modern texts, students are more likely to be engaged.

Griselda , Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, BYOD Devices

Advocate

Usage: I would use it to have my students interact closely with a text. I love that my students would all have access to the same high quality texts. I can see myself working with my colleagues to create curriculets.

Strengths: A strength is the data that I can gather from what my students do. Another ism the ability to differentiate for all my students by choosing books at their levels.

Suggestions for Improvement: - lower reading level titles for my struggling students - increase the ability to provide personalized feedback for my students

Verdict: I think it's a great tool for our students.

SLP, AT Program Specialist, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

Advocate

Usage: I would use this site for reading comprehension.

Strengths: This site is very interactive, won't let you move on to the next paragraph until you answer the question correctly.

Suggestions for Improvement: more selections of high interest, low vocabulary words, stories geared to special ed student, free to students in low income.

Verdict: It adds up to their reading repertoire and another avenue to create interest in reading.

Justin, Science department chair. School Type: High School, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: AS a science teacher, I would try to annotate labs so that students could read the lab before it begins.

Strengths: I think it allows for strong annotation and it helps students see feedback automatically.

Suggestions for Improvement: Needs long range assessing. Access for students on all technology. Align to Next Generation Science Standards.

Verdict: This product could help with the upcoming PARCC assessments for Maryland public Schools.

Teacher, School Type: High School

Advocate

Usage: I would ensure that my students were reading.

Strengths: It allows teachers to see how long a student worls with a text.

Suggestions for Improvement: Long range data

Verdict: It is a great product for Englsih teachers

Marie, ELA teacher. School Type: High School, Low Income Population, College Prep School

Advocate

Usage: Minimally, it would be used weekly; probably, it would be used daily. Reading is assigned in the English classroom on a regular basis. Instead of giving students study guide or comprehension questions, I can see who is reading and what is being understood. I can assign readings without assigning textbooks.

Strengths: 1. The version of Hamlet for 11th and 12th grades has 90 questions built into the text. These questions are based on the common core curriculum for the 11th and 12th grade band. Having examined many of the questions, it is clear that someone spent a great deal of time developing the material. The questions are very basic to more advanced and allow for comprehension to specifics that students need to know like theme, tone, and mood. 2. Hamlet also has 51 annotations which include videos to enhance understanding. Again, someone spent a great deal of time developing the material for this play. 3. My favorite feature is the ability to include my own questions and annotations. Based on my classes and their needs (or questions that come up in class), I can add information and questions. 4. I also like that it collects data to measure mastery of common core standards. It will save so much time and will give me the tool to see, at a glance, what skills and terminology need to be retaught or elaborated upon more fully.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. My biggest problem with the tool is that it has a limited number of texts included. If it is going to be available in Baltimore County Public schools, it would be a huge help if all of the approved books on each grade level were available in the Store. I realize that someone will have to read and create the questions, annotations, and quizzes for each book; this will obviously take some time; however, even if the books were included without the questions and annotations (at least initially), teachers could still assign the reading and include questions they have already developed when teaching the reading. 2. As an English teacher, I would like to see readings specifically tailored for other courses taught by the English department. For example, there are a few poems included, but it would be nice if there was a textbook like Western Wind or Poet's Companion where a chapter with specific instruction on metaphor (or other literary device) might be assigned for the creative writing student. 3. It would be nice if other content besides readings could be incorporated in the site. I would like to be able to keep all of my material in one place. Then, if a student is absent, he or she could go to one site to see what material was covered that day (calendar), what homework is due (calendar), download the worksheets (or answer them on line), and do the readings. 4. It would also be nice if the students could interact with each other about the texts being read. This collaboration would be very "real world" in application.

Verdict: I would recommend the tool because it allows teachers to track students' reading and comprehension and it aligns with the common core. Teachers will no longer have to assign books (which will save money), nor will the teacher have to spend time keeping track of who has turned in the books at the end of the reading. My favorite feature is that teachers can add their own reading content as well as their own questions and videos to content that is already at the site. Currently, the biggest drawback to the site is the limited number of textbooks it offers. Since the curriculum in Baltimore County is limited (with some flexibility on grade level for teacher choice or availability of books), it would be nice if the site offered all of the books from which we can choose. It would also me wonderful if video could be added that is not connected to a book. For instance, if a teacher wanted the students to view a TED video on a subject related to the theme, it would be a help if I could save the video in the library. The site only allows for texts.

Jean, Teacher. School Type: Elementary School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: I would use this tool to track my students' reading comprehension depth level and progress. The outcomes would be used to both further challenge those that are ready, and to determine intensive groups to pull for small group instruction.

Strengths: This product allows the educator to embed questions throughout the text, easily, and track our students' progress live (I was told...did not observe this feature...posed the question as I did not observe it on the video). Questions can be embedded and adjusted per student need. Student progress can also be sent directly to each student.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1) Would include 1st and 2nd grade materials. 2) I would include the yearly progress monitoring automatically with the program, rather than offering it as an additional purchase. 3) I would offer the rentals at a cheaper rate.

Verdict: Our school presently uses Accelerated Reader and DIBELS testing to track and determine reading progress. It has been a good program, but Curriculet is truly superior, in comparison, from what was demonstrated to me, in that it offers the ability to embed Common Core questions, and videos, throughout the text. It, furthermore, appears to be very user friendly, which is a BIG plus. In addition to that, I was told it had a live stream of student progress, which would be awesome! Drawbacks: This program only targets 3rd grade and above. We need to begin developing those critical thinking and analyzing skills sooner. Hoping they'll consider bringing in 2nd grade level materials.

Samuel, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, High ELL Population, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: Create worksheets, tests, labs worksheets, and reading passages to share with and evaluate students as formative assessments.

Strengths: I like that you can highlight text and add questions for it. It's as simple as highlighting a passage and then typing in a question. It also helps kids to be able to find the answers to questions in the text easier because the questions are attached to specific passages. I REALLY like the ability to add videos (from the internet or self recorded ones) and pictures to text, which can really illuminate/clarify what is being read.

Suggestions for Improvement: I wish the assignments/worksheets I create on Curriculet could be formatted much the same way a Word document can be. Basically, I'd love for Curriculet to have word processing capability.

Verdict: It will get kids to read! The district will save money on books, as the ones obtained through Curriculet are RENTALS. Teachers will be able to easily track what kids are reading and know how much the kids understand about what they've read through embedded questions. Much of the reading can be assigned as homework so teachers can still track student progress AND get more time to teach instead of giving kids time to read in class.

Consulting Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Higher Education

Advocate

Usage: I mentor teachers of ESOL. These teachers are often looking for new ways to integrate reading into their lesson plans. Curriculet could facilitate this process.

Strengths: Enables ongoing assessment Allows for differentiation Flexible to teacher/studentneeds

Suggestions for Improvement: In order to validate the investment (of time and money), I would like for more titles to be available. I also would like for the cost per student to be lower. I would like for students to have more power to add comments/videos/input.

Verdict: The possibility of inserting quizzes directly into the text could potentially allow for seamless transition from learning to assessment and back to learning.

Liz , English Teacher. School Type: High School

Advocate

Usage: I love this idea! I love that the quizzes are throughout the novels and books, that there are explanations, and that they are editable. This will help with active reading skills and will aid me in monitoring who is reading and understanding the text. Being Common Core aligned isn't too bad either. Negatives: They still don't have a lot of books available. Also, one feature about ebooks that I love is that you can highlight, annotate, and click on a word to find its definition. I can't seem to do that (but I'm on a desktop right now). I'm assuming, however, that the library will increase and they'll add other loved features along the way.

Strengths: I love that you can monitor what each and every child has read. They need to take quizzes, watch movies, or read explanations as they go. By the quizzes, I can tell if the student understands the text. This encourages active reading.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would want to have the ability to highlight and annotate. Public school students do not have the opportunity to highlight in their novels and textbooks enough so this would be an excellent learning skill to develop. Also, I miss the feature where you can click on a word and read it's meaning in the built in dictionary. There aren't really a lot of books either (yet). I wanted to teach To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby with my 9th and 11th graders, but they aren't available. And until ALL my students have devices, I can't really have them use this since there are quizzes etc. built in.

Verdict: Limited novels and inability to highlight/annotate at present. Still, I love the idea of it and would advocate for it. Definitely.

Teacher, School Type: High School

Advocate

Usage: Definitely would think about using for domain free texts. Would have to work out the cost benefit for renting texts every year. Would allow for more engagement with students.

Strengths: I like the overall idea of this product. Definitely would be something a private school should look into-one that can afford books each unit and each year. I like the annotating element and being able to embed videos and pictures to go along with parts of the text.

Suggestions for Improvement: Renting for longer than 3 months-especially for IB programs where students need texts for a year ore possibly more than a year depending on when external submissions are complete. Would love a way to get the data from quizzes straight into gradebooks. Would love for students not to have another log in and password to remember. Not sure how that would be done or if it is even possible.

Verdict: Allows for student interaction on texts. Free quizzes and annotations. The cost for renting would be what would have to be figured out. Especially for a class size of 500 students every year.

Julie, Teacher. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: I would use it to provide intervention and extension guides for my students as they were reading.

Strengths: 1. Seems like a wide variety of texts are present.

Suggestions for Improvement: 1. If you could devise a partnership with donor's choose so teacher's wouldn't have to pay for student copies of texts, that would be amazing and make it accessible to teachers like me who pay for everything out of pocket for their classroom if they can't get it donated. 2. Can teachers request texts that aren't present in the program currently? 3. Can students annotate a text on their own during independent reading? 4. Is there a way to make the rental last longer than 3 months?

Verdict: I think the technology is awesome, however, it could become costly to continually have to rent texts. I don't think my admin would continually pay for access to the texts over and over, when we could potentially get hard copies donated through donor's choose for free.

Teacher, School Type: Elementary School, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: I loved the ease of use of the product and joined right away. I was excited to see the novels already in the program, however, was disappointed that there were so few books available for my 3rd grade students. I saw none for second grade. I hope that curriculet expands its library to high interest picture books for students in the future.

Strengths: strengths It is interactive allowing for a lot of creativity on the part of the teacher. It enables teachers to interact with the students while they are reading and bring greater context to the novel being studied. weakness I don't know if my lower reading leveled 3rd graders would be able to grasp the books already in the curriculet library. I would need to be able to add my own high interest picture books.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would hope that more novels at the lower elementary grades would be added soon. The concept is wonderful!

Verdict: I would greatly recommend to upper grades and higher level elementary readers, however, I feel it is not suited to students in urban settings with lower reading levels who need high interest books. I loved the interactive nature of the program with possible teacher insertions throughout the books.

Valerie, Technology Integrationist. School Type: Elementary School, High School, Low Income Population, 1:1 Devices, Blended Learning

Advocate

Usage: I would use Actively Learn in my Reading, Science and Social Studies classes. I would use this to help students analyze text and hone in on concepts and terms. I would be able to adjust the reading rate of students and view and respond to the students just for discussion and as they need help.

Strengths: Taking a URL or uploaded pdf and putting it into the clean version. The motto Stop Skimming and start learning says enough! Interact with your students as they read. They will understand!

Suggestions for Improvement: I am wondering how differentiation can occur within the same article for different groups of students. Is there a way that more question types can be offered such as choose more of the following or true and false. Can you print for those students who do not have technology?

Verdict: I recommend this for students who need to hear the text spoken to them for clarification. I like the cleaner version of an existing article. It is free and there is a lot of content to offer. I like how I can link to the standards and see the progress of my students in relation to the standards they are working on and mastering.

Advocate

Strengths: It does a great job of giving students tools to annotate a digital text. The quiz questions allows teachers to track how well students comprehended the text, as well as targeting specific common core standards. I also enjoy being able to see how long students take to complete a reading to see if they actually spent adequate time.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would love it if students could hear the articles or books read aloud. If not, there should at least be a way to embed audio into the annotations so students can listen as they read. There also are glitches every now and then where students cannot use the product properly on certain devices for unknown reasons.

Verdict: It's a great tool for engaging students in reading digital articles & keeping track of their success.

Elsa, Teacher Leader. School Type: Middle School, Low Income Population

Advocate

Usage: I will use it in my English and Reading Classes to have students read books.

Strengths: This product can help my students enjoy reading while increasing their Lexile levels and reading comprehension. I also like the fact that teachers can write their own questions to help student focus their reading. Also teachers can create evidence based writing questions and ask their students to share their answers with other students.

Suggestions for Improvement: I would like to see more collaboration among students when they are reading the same text. It would also be awesome if they can use metacognitive markers (symbols) to annotate their reading and to share these annotations among their peers.

Verdict: I like the fact that they have a lot of free books that my students can read in groups and engage in discussions.

Gavin, Principal. School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, College Prep School, 1:1 Devices

Advocate

Usage: My primary and intermediate teachers have adopted a new reading series. Middle school has not. We need common core integration, but middle school teachers are reluctant because they want autonomy and freedom to preserve academic excellence. There is a concern about canned curricula and textbooks. I think Curriculet could fill that gap and provide many good assessment tools.

Strengths: Aesthetically beautiful interface, growing list of publishers, reasonable price to rent titles, good feedback and assessment tools, integration with CC.

Suggestions for Improvement: Absolutely must have offline access for reading and completing assignments, need a larger publisher base, would help to have SIS integration for accounts.

Verdict: I am the principal. I am eager to adopt a technology like Curriculet for my school. I have some reservations: 1) Is the product here for the long haul? 2) Will the publisher-base expand, 3) *** Will the product provide offline reading and resync. Number three would be a potential deal-breaker for me because I need to be realistic about bandwidth and homework.