Teacher Review for LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary

Beautiful graphics enhance the reading experience

Meg K.
Technology Specialist
Capitol Hill Magnet School
St. Paul, MN
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Students select their own books to add to their backpack. The range of books is impressive, including popular picture books and National Geographic Kids content. Students can read on their own or choose to have the text read aloud. The free subscription allows only 5 books; subscriptions are too expensive for my school and many of our students. This may be changing soon due to a Kickstarter campaign! Students earn stickers for reading books, but these are earned even when pages are skipped quickly so I would not use them as classroom incentives.
My Take
We love the colorful graphics and wide variety of great books. I appreciate the diversity of people included in the content and animations. The videos are also of high educational quality. The only negatives for me are the cost as well as the very limited nature of the games we have seen - finding matching image pairs. If cost is not an issue, I would recommend it for 1:1 iPad classrooms. It could also be a great whole class resource for a classroom with only one iPad that can be projected.