Teacher Review for Epic! - Kids' Books and Videos

EPIC Possibilities for Books

Jamie S.
Instructional coach
Duquesne Elementary School
Duquesne, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this app during Daily 5 rounds in my ELA block. Students participate in read to self, read to someone, and listen to reading during this time. This app allows students to have access to books beyond what I have in my personal classroom library. Students use this on the iPads and are able to login to their own account or use the classroom account that we have. Some days, I may determine what type of reading the student must pick, fiction or informational, but other than that the students can navigate the app.
My Take
This app has allowed myself and my students access more books without leaving the classroom. It is an excellent resource to add to the classroom. Books are leveled by age range and you can select if you want to the text read to you. The books are categorized by fiction, nonfiction, and there is a section for award winners as well. Parents can create accounts, but the app is free for educators. There is a feature that can also track progress for students. The read to me option is great, as I have many students reading below grade level and they can still use the app with headphones and no one is disturbed. The students love the ability to choose their own books based on interests. This app is great for independent, small group, or whole class learning. Many popular children's titles are not on the site, however. Some students were looking for certain books that were not available.