Summer Slide Not So Slippery for myON Summer Reading Challenge Students


myMAGICALSummer reading challenge winners announced

MINNEAPOLIS – October 27, 2014 – myON, the leading provider of personalized literacy solutions for schools, held its myMAGICALSummer reading contest from May 12th to August 25th 2014. The results are in, and myON is proud to announce the winning school and students who read the most books as a collective campus and individual readers.


The summer reading contest was designed to minimize the summer slide while motivating students to find the magic in reading. Summer break is the perfect opportunity to continue exciting and engaging kids in reading.


myON awarded the top school that read the most number of books as well as four individual students who spent the most time reading over the summer. The top elementary school, Pershing Elementary School of Berwyn South School District 100 in Berwyn, Illinois, received a special myON banner that promotes reading, myON backpacks for every student as well as $500 dollars to be used as the school saw fit.

“I am overwhelmingly proud of the perseverance of our students as they develop as readers.  I’m equally proud of the commitment that our staff and parents provided to our students this summer so there would be no summer reading lag. Our students love the wide variety of genres available on myON. Accessibility to good literature coupled with supportive adults was the key to our students’ summer reading success!” said Marilyn McManus, principal of Pershing Elementary School.

“The Pershing School community should be commended for their unwavering commitment to literacy.  Through their involvement in our Virtual Summer School program and myON’s National Summer Reading Contest, they were able to challenge the notion that the “summer slide” is inevitable.  It makes me proud, as Literacy Director, that students who may not have otherwise had access to high-quality reading material were able to access a library of over 4,000 books this summer,” said Berwyn South School District’s Director of Literacy, Jeremy Majeski.


The student portion of the reading contest was broken up by grade level: Pre K-5 and 6-up. The student from the Pre K-5 group that spent the most time reading, Kevin P. from Sunset Park Elementary School, in Florida, and the winning student from the 6-up group, Edneisha B. from Turner/Bartels K-8 School in Florida, were each awarded an iPad, while a runner-up from each bracket, Nathan Z. from Annette Winn Elementary in Georgia (Pre K-5), and Schlindlyne B – Turner/Bartels K-8 School in Florida, were each given an iPad mini.


“It’s great to see so many young people discovering their excitement for reading, especially over the summer,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “Literacy is the foundation of all academic success.  Each child reading on myON is given the tools to truly personalize their experience, reading what interests them and at a level that challenges them to be a better reader.  Using fun and engaging contests, like myMAGICALsummer, is another great opportunity to get kids excited about reading.”


myON has more than 7,000 titles kids can enjoy anytime and anywhere on the award-winning digital literacy platform. For more information, please visit


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.




New ‘Smart’ K-12 Leadership Guide Helps Schools Plan, Manage IT Investments
Washington, DC (October 24, 2014) – School districts nationwide continue to face relatively constrained IT budgets following the Great Recession. The “SmartIT Leadership Guide,” a new CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) resource launched today, helps district chief technology officers (CTOs) and school leaders address this challenge by providing practical, strategic information and tools. The guide was developed and provided as part of CoSN’s Smart IT: Strategic Technology Planning & Managementinitiative.
“Planning and managing IT investments is an ongoing priority for school system technology leaders. However, CTOs, faced with tight budgets and the focus across districts on quick, short-term solutions, need thoughtful, proven guidance to build and execute their IT strategies,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The ‘SmartIT’ resource made available today provides CTOs with advice on how to mitigate the adverse effects of constrained budgets and capitalize on the opportunity to position technology as a critical role in K-12 education.”
The SmartIT Guide specifically provides support and recommendations to CTOs regarding:
  • Strategically positioning the value of technology within a school district;
  • Enhancing IT efficiencies and effectiveness through efficient operations;
  • Making smart investments by identifying and quantifying a return on investment; and
  • Finding and utilizing additional funding sources through budget funds, grants and federal programs, among other channels.
In addition to the guide issued today, CoSN offers CTOs and school leaders interactive versions of its “Green Computing Energy Use Calculator” and the Value of Investment (VOI) methodology to measure the benefits of technology endeavors.
CoSN’s SmartIT initiative is supported by Amplify, Filewave, JAMF Software, and Sprint.
To read the guide and explore CoSN’s SmartIT resources, please visit:
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.




Knovation Honors Top School Districts Using Digital Learning Resources

Digital Learning Award winners include districts from Georgia, Arkansas and Illinois

CINCINNATI, OHOctober 27, 2014 – Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, announces recipients of its Digital Learning Awards, which honors the top 100 school districts using digital resources to enhance their classroom experience. The program honors districts across the country usingnetTrekker, which delivers Knovation’s industry-leading library containing more than 360,000 digital learning resources that are curated, contextualized, tagged and standards-aligned to support personalized learning.

The Digital Learning Awards are presented to small-, medium- and large-sized districts based on their usage of netTrekker during the 2013-2014 school year. The top user overall is Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. The top three school districts in each enrollment category include:

Large-Size Districts (more than 25,000 student enrollment)
  1. Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia
  2. Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas
  3. Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland
Mid-Size Districts (5,000-24,999 student enrollment)
  1. Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  2. Akron Public Schools, Akron, Ohio
  3. Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville, Illinois
Small-Size Districts (less than 5,000 student enrollment)
  1. La Grange Elementary School District 102, LaGrange Park, Illinois
  2. Canton Public Schools, Canton, Connecticut
  3. City Schools of Decatur, Decatur, Georgia

“As a district employing a BYOT model, we value digital content and learning tools that drive higher order thinking and increase student engagement,” said Dr. Jill Earman, coordinator of instructional technology at Forsyth County Schools. “We rely on tools such as netTrekker to help personalize learning and ensure academic success through vetted and curated digital learning resources. We are happy to partner with the professionals at Knovation who listen and respond to what we need to create an optimal learning environment for students at Forsyth County Schools.”

A national survey shows that 87 percent of educators expect their use of online digital content to increase over the next 2-3 years (Parthenon Teacher Survey). netTrekker helps teachers shift from print to digital by integrating with a district’s current digital learning environment to organize resources by grade level, content type, readability, subject and educational theme. The 2014 netTrekker Impact Study reveals that 92 percent of educators who use netTrekker are extremely satisfied with the digital learning solution, as it saves time in identifying online content and helps them achieve their goals and objectives.

“The Digital Learning Awards honors schools paving the way in digital conversions with netTrekker,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation. “These districts incorporate digital resources into their curriculum at a very high level, which creates an optimal environment for meaningful learning experiences to engage all learners.”

Leaders in each enrollment category received a donation to on their behalf. You can view the complete list of Top 100 Digital Learning Award winners at:

About Knovation

Knovation designs and implements advanced personalized learning solutions that reduce barriers to learning and allow districts to realize meaningful outcomes from their technology investment. The company’s portfolio includesnetTrekker, the trusted solution for delivering hundreds of thousands of educator-curated, state and Common Core standards aligned learning-ready digital resources; and icurio, the learning engagement solution for 21st century blended learning that helps districts implement their digital conversions. These two solutions are backed by a fully curated learning resource library built from tens of millions of online resources that pass a rigorous 127-point process. Knovation provides professional learning and consulting services, resource management and delivery services, and a curriculum service solution that aligns digital content to each district’s curriculum. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 27 million students and over 1 million teachers in schools nationwide. For more information, visit