The Georgia Department of Education designated Eagle Ridge as a “focus” school last year after the state was released from the strict requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law. At the time, Eagle Ridge represented 10 percent of the state’s schools that needed improvement in closing the gap in student achievement.
“As a focus school, we set aside a budget to help close the gap, so we implemented this online program to help,” Thorne said. “A lot of times with reluctant readers, you can put them in front of a computer and then it’s not considered reading anymore. I have had classrooms thank me for allowing them to use myON. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from other administrators from around the county, and the teachers who have jumped into using myON are really enjoying it.”
Thorne said students seem to enjoy digital learning the 21st century way.
“If I can get a child to read, does it matter if the book is in their hands or on the computer?,” she said. “The overall goal is to not just have children read, but get them to like reading.”
For more information about the online reading program, visit www.myon.com.
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