A. Instruction - 9.3
B. Design - 10
C. Engagement - 8.6
Reading Eggs: A Literacy & Numeracy Program
Summary : A Reading & Math Program w/ a Free Trial!
Reading Eggs is a website (also available as an iOS app) that includes comprehensive reading and math programs for users aged 2-12, and it offers a free trial. To begin, parent/guardian users need to register with Reading Eggs and input information about their child user. Next, they have the option to view the content as an adult user or child user. (This review will follow the child user path.)
At this point, users are presented with multiple options. The Reading Eggs program are divided by age group (e.g., 2-4, 3-7, 7-13), and each program uses books, activities, and video tutorials to support the development of users’ literacy skills that includes reading, writing, and spelling. The programs increase in sophistication and options based on age group. For example, the program for the youngest age group is story based and includes more videos and books. The program for the oldest age group, however, includes lessons, a library, an arcade, and additional options to engage them in literacy activities. In addition, the Mathseeds program is focused on developing the numeracy skills in users ages 3-9, and it too includes a variety of games, activities, and video tutorials to engage users in its content.
In most programs, users are able to click the “My Program” or “My Progress” button on the top left of the screen to monitor their activity and their learning. If parent/guardian users exit the programs page to the main screen; the can add additional child users; monitor their children’s progress; access bonus materials including activity sheets in English and Spanish, a parent user guide, support for homeschool, and placement test information; and sample lessons.
Instructional Ideas for Reading Eggs
- Teachers can reserve a portion of their daily instructional time for their students to use this program. As students engage the program, teachers can make sweeps of the room to monitor students and provide assistance as needed.
- At open house events and in preparation for summer break, teachers can meet with their students’ parents/guardians and provide an overview of this program. In that overview, teachers can explain that this program can be used to support student learning during breaks and as a supplement to instruction.
- Parents/guardians can have their children use this program at home. They can also use the monitoring feature to assess the progress their children are making. After doing so, parents/guardians can talk to their children about the progress and provide support and/or praise as needed.
Screenshots of Reading Eggs
Ratings of Reading Eggs
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
Please Note: No stars indicate that the dimension is not applicable