myON expands personalized reading platform with literacy toolkit

Help students’ master close reading with myON

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (June 25, 2014) – myON is expanding its award-winning digital literacy platform to include a set of literacy tools to further personalize the reading experience for students, while growing instructional capabilities for teachers. These literacy tools will be an addition to myON’s existing digital collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia scaffolds and embedded assessments.

The first set of literacy tools to be released includes tools to support close reading. Students can use embedded tools in all myON digital books to practice close reading skills like highlighting and note taking. More than 70% of the myON collection is comprised of informational text, which serves as a base from which educators can teach how to cite evidence to support the text with close reading. The myON license ensures that each book is always accessible no matter how many students are reading and that each student has a personal copy for their own close reading. This allows teachers and students to collaborate together and interact with texts in new ways.

myON is the first company to offer unlimited access to authentic digital content and reading growth assessments, tools and data. With the addition of new literacy tools, educators can easily review students’ close reading activities in a digital environment.

“The learning possibilities for the 21st-century classroom becomes limitless when you embed a set of transformational close reading tools within a collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books,” said myON President Todd Brekhus. “The millions of students reading on myON thus far have experienced incredible reading growth; we are so excited to see the growth of these students when they can perform close reading tasks within our platform.”

Close reading tools are the first in an exciting lineup within the expansion of the myON literacy platform. More tools will be announced and added to the myON platform over the coming twelve months. For a limited time, all myON customers will have free access to the groundbreaking literacy tools as they’re added to the platform.

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.

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Odysseyware unveils its largest release of new learning resources ever at ISTE

New courses cover CTE, Common Core, virtual labs, test prep and more

CHANDLER, Ariz. (June 25, 2014) — To prepare students for the changes in education and ensure they are equipped for success after graduation, Odysseyware is launching its largest combination of new courses and learning resources ever.

Odysseyware, a leading provider of online, multimedia-enriched K-12 curriculum, will officially unveil its new content at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta later this month.

The summer launch includes:

  • Common Core – A full math and ELA Common Core curriculum for high school and middle school students, designed from the ground up to not only cover the Common Core essential and supporting standards but also to align with and support the Common Core pedagogy.
  • Career and Technical Education – Six new high school CTE courses provide students with opportunities to prepare for post-graduation career success. Two new middle school career exploration courses introduce younger students to nine popular career fields. With this addition, Odysseyware now offers 62 CTE courses.
  • 20 interactive virtual labs – Designed to give students an authentic laboratory experience, virtual labs help students complete classic lab experiments in an exciting new way.
  • High school test prep –Test prep courses that provide students preparing for the ACT®, GED®, HiSET® & TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ with prescriptive learning pathways to graduation or college readiness, including embedded assessment and multiple practice tests reflecting the design and question types of each test.
  • Blended learning video library – More than 250 engaging new Direct Instruction Videos provide step-by-step guidance to help each student learn at his or her own pace and address diverse learning styles.

“As a curriculum provider, it is so important that Odysseyware respond to the needs of educators, and this is the driving force behind all of the new courses being unveiled at ISTE. We could not be happier to provide students and teachers with even more engaging resources for these hot-button topics in education,” said Beth TeGrotenhuis, president and COO of Odysseyware’s parent company, Glynlyon. “We are constantly striving to offer the most comprehensive, helpful online curriculum available, and we hope people will take full advantage of the opportunities these learning tools provide.”

For more information about Odysseyware’s new courses, visit

About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit or call 877-795-8904.


Mac to School offers low cost Common Core Ready MacBooks

Mac to School provides CCSS assessment-ready refurbished MacBooks

(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) June 25, 2014 — As teachers and administrators gear up to adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards, it is critical for the technology in their classrooms to be up to par as well.

To ease that financial burden and meet these tech requirements, Mac to School, K-12’s leading provider of refurbished Apple technology, is taking care to ensure that all of its MacBooks are Common Core-ready for educators nationwide.

The technology requirements for Common Core assessments, as laid out by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, require devices to have a minimum of 1GB of RAM as well as the ability to run iOS operating systems 10.4 (Smarter Balanced) or 10.6 (PARCC). Every Macbook from Mac to School comes with a minimum 2GB of RAM and runs OS 10.7 or later.

“The Common Core standards are presenting new challenges for educators and administrators alike, making it even more important that our devices are not only affordable, but help them meet these new challenges with ease.  Each of our refurbished MacBooks are not only compatible with the tech assessment requirements for the upcoming school year, but several years after that,” said Robert Baker, co-founder and president of Mac to School. “We’re giving educators a low-cost technology solution that allows them to focus on learning, rather than on their devices.”

Buying refurbished MacBooks from Mac to School can also alleviate the financial burden on a district. California’s Academy of Arts and Sciences recently saved $245,000 by working with Mac to School rather than buying new technology directly from Apple.

“The fact that Mac to School offered MacBooks that were already prepared for Common Core was one of the main reasons we chose to partner with them,” said Sean McManus, the CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. “Getting top-quality EdTech for such a low cost was just the icing on the cake!”

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About Mac to School:

Mac to School buys, sells and refurbishes all types of Apple computers and equipment. We serve the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. Our mission is to deliver the best value to our customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Our team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide quality refurbishment.