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by Footsteps2Brilliance

GRADES / Pre-K, Elementary (Grades K-4)
PLATFORMS / Android, Web Browser, iOS Devices

Early learning reading platform with games, ebooks, assessment and student collaboration


Footsteps2Brilliance designed its eBooks and educationalgames app to be used by K-3 students both at school and at home. The 24/7 easyaccess fosters communication between parents andteachers, which makes it easier to engage parents in student learning.

Footsteps2Brilliance’s Academic Language Program forStudents (ALPS) focuses on building critical thinking and literacy skillsthrough its library of 18 animated eBooks and over 200 educational games. Whileinteracting with the eBooks and games, students can learn approximately 1,000essential vocabulary words.  When studentschoose an eBook from a digital bookshelf, the book can be read to them; wordsare highlighted as they go to reinforce literacy skills. Many elements in theillustrations also become animations when clicked. 

Each eBook includes three accompanying games designed atdifferent levels of difficulty. Word Wall encourages students to mastervocabulary and spelling by dragging letters into appropriate boxes, whileMighty Matches asks students to match images with words. The Picture Perfectgame challenges students to answer questions connected to the learningobjective of the chosen eBook.  

Another feature, Book Buddies provides formative assessmentsthat become increasingly more open-ended. If students need a hint, they canaccess additional supports. Create-a-Book encourages storytelling by allowing studentsto use background images and characters from the eBooks to design their ownbooks with original storylines and pictures. Students can store their work inonline portfolios and email their completed books to their parents.

Each of the 18 bookscome with teacher lesson plans that cover objectives like vocabulary andreading skills (phonological awareness, decoding, syntax, and fluency) anddescribe how they relate to the foundationalreading skills set in theCommon Core State Standards. The feature Recipes for Success also servesas a platform to share teacher-created games and activities with otherteachers.

In onereview of Footsteps2Brilliance, Lisa Nielsen writes, “With a tool like thisassessing student progress, there should no longer be a need for outdated,standardized bubble tests.”  Parents andteachers can access easy-to-read reports that track usage, student progress,and specific skill acquisition.

Though designed for students in grades K-3, the apps may beused with older students with development challenges. When EdsurgentVicki Windman piloted Footsteps2Brilliance in 2011, she saw an increasefrom 45% to 65% in reading comprehension over the three months she used theprogram with her students with special needs.


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Common Core Aligned Common Core Aligned


Kindergarten Kindergarten


Assessment Assessment

Game-based Learning Game-based Learning

Gamification Gamification

Lesson Planning Lesson Planning

Subject Matter

Language Arts Language Arts

Phonics Phonics

Vocabulary Vocabulary

Writing Writing

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