Brown University’s Study:
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BY BEN KOSHLAND // MARCH 12, 2019

Lessons from adopting a new Curriculum

Lessons from adopting a new Curriculum

Curriculum adoption is one of the most important processes that a School District goes through.  The process is lengthy, costly and does not happen often, yet it directly affects the teaching and learning of everyone in the District.  While it is mandated by...

Why Technology Doesn’t get Implemented (And What To Do About it)

Why Technology Doesn’t get Implemented (And What To Do About it)

Recently there was an article that was passed around at BookNook about the Six Unforgivable Sins of Teacher Professional Development. One stood out to me - Trying to Flash Credentials You Don’t Really Have - basically saying “I was a teacher too.” The reason it stood...

Diversifying the Literary Canon of Children’s Books

Diversifying the Literary Canon of Children’s Books

There’s a constant need to address diversity in literature, specifically in children’s books. During their most impressionable years, it’s important that children are able to see reflections of themselves throughout their environments, which, when taking a holistic...

BookNook Wins MIT Competition for Digital Research in Education

BookNook Wins MIT Competition for Digital Research in Education

We are thrilled to share that the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has selected BookNook for its second round of groundbreaking social science research projects. The full press announcement is here. With...

Fighting The Opportunity Gap: What Schools Can Do To Close It

Fighting The Opportunity Gap: What Schools Can Do To Close It

Fighting the Opportunity Gap​ Scroll to read post   What is the Opportunity Gap?  The term “opportunity gap” refers to any significant and persistent differences in academic performance between different groups of students. Groups are based on...

Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment

Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment

Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment By Samantha Burke Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin About the author: Samantha Burke is a credentialed reading specialist that has worked with children in the San Francisco Bay Area for ten years. She enjoys creating innovative...

Engage your K-5 Students with These 5 Reading Tips

Engage your K-5 Students with These 5 Reading Tips

Engaging students in meaningful conversations about what they are reading is so important in helping students get the most out of instructional time. Getting students engaged in reading and talking about what they are reading will encourage them to develop deeper...

5 Ways to Improve your Students’ Reading Comprehension

5 Ways to Improve your Students’ Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is how students process, connect and learn from what they read.  To attain strong reading comprehension, students must be a active readers. This means students are not just just decoding words, they are actively thinking about the content...

16 Great Back to School Books to Read With Your Students

16 Great Back to School Books to Read With Your Students

What books will you read your first week back?  The first books you read with your students give you the opportunity to discuss all those “Back to School” feelings and set the tone for the learning environment you want to create with them this school year....

A Day in the Life of a BookNook Reading Guide

A Day in the Life of a BookNook Reading Guide

I want to live a day in the life of a Reading Guide... That’s what I found myself countlessly saying when I started my PeopleOps journey at BookNook.  I heard great things about our application that was created to support children’s reading. I was shown how it...

BookNook Spurs Parent Volunteer Program, Produces Great Results

BookNook Spurs Parent Volunteer Program, Produces Great Results

About 10 miles south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border, Carrie Modra is hard at work with her students. As a  Woodland School District 50 educator for 8 years in her role as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Carrie is an integral part of the daily ins and outs of the...

Technology in Education: Overcoming Barriers to Success

Technology in Education: Overcoming Barriers to Success

This post is the second part in a series we are doing on Barriers and lessons learned on implementing Technology in Education. Check out part one here. Overcoming Barriers: Emerging New Best Practices As daunting as the barriers may seem, current EdTech research is...

Technology in Education: Barriers to Success

Technology in Education: Barriers to Success

Back in 1986, Ohio educator and school administrator Howard Merriman bemoaned "the challenges brought by the incursion of technology into the schools." He was talking about electric typewriters and programmable televisions, but 40 years later, the problem for schools...

The BookNook Olympics

The BookNook Olympics

These past few weeks at BookNook HQ in Oakland, we’ve been in the midst of our own Olympics. And no, we’re not talking about the March Reading Madness we’re working on with all of the schools using BookNook. We’ve been working hard with Olympic athlete, Kristi...

Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to be Featured Author for BookNook

Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to be Featured Author for BookNook

OAKLAND, Calif., February 28, 2018 -- Today Olympic Gold Medalist, Children's author, and philanthropist Kristi Yamaguchi announced that she will serve as a featured author on BookNook, a new technology platform that helps children overcome difficulties in learning to...

5 Creative Uses of Technology in the Classroom

5 Creative Uses of Technology in the Classroom

Considering the pervasiveness of smartphones, the concept of "technology in the classroom" isn't without controversy. The jury is still out on whether or not kids should be allowed to or even encouraged to bring their phones to class. However, research does indicate...