The children’s publisher aims to bring Common Core-aligned e-content into primary school classrooms with two new digital reading programs.
Storia School Edition makes 2,000 fiction, nonfiction and children’s ebooks available to pre-K–6 schools on a subscription basis. In addition to that content, the program is designed to support reading instruction with tools like text marking, audio features for word pronunciation, dictionaries and quizzes. The digital content can be accessed on a range of platforms including computers, tablets and interactive whiteboards.
A second program, called Core Clicks, is a web-based platform connecting K–5 students with Scholastic’s digital nonfiction resources in social studies and science. It, too, is available to instructors by subscription.
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