Epic in your classroom? I haven't tested it out with students (yet..) but I think this digital tool looks WONDERFUL. This is an app that you can access on iOS, Android or any web browser. It gives teachers and students (12 and under) unlimited access to an ever growing library of high quality children's books. With over 10,000 titles of both fiction and non-fiction text from leading publishers such as HarperCollins, Macmillan and National Geographic, this tool truly stands out. Teachers and librarians in the US and Canada get FREE access. It looks like they are supported through parents who have to pay $4.99 a month for this service. Epic even provides a letter you can send home if parents are interested in purchasing it for their kids to use at home. LOVE!!!
I love all of the educational books that are available for cross-curricular activities. There are SO many popular titles and they keep adding more titles each week! Epic states that they have:
"Well-known books and series include Fancy Nancy, Flat Stanley, The Berenstain Bears, Charlie Brown, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Batman, Roscoe Riley Rules, Warriors, A Series of Unfortunate Events, National Geographic Kids, Scaredy Squirrel, Big Nate, Pete the Cat, and many more."
Some key features include:
• Over 10,000 great titles with many more added weekly
• Audio-enabled “read-to-me” books
• Individual customized child profiles at no additional cost
• Personalized book recommendations for each child
• Online and offline reading (take Epic! in the car, on a plane, or camping)
• A detailed reading log to track reading progress available in the app, and emailed weekly to parents
• Access your Epic! account and Epic!’s full library on iOS, Android or any Web browser
If I were starting the year as a classroom teacher I would definitely utilize this FREE service. It is still in Beta testing but worth checking out :)