Picture yourself entering a dark cave covered in stalagmites and stalactites, then passing through a hallway lined with trees and engaging interactive displays. When arriving at the lunchroom, you see a 250-gallon aquarium. Students at Munford Elementary School experience this daily as their school has been transformed through a partnership with the US Forest Service—all designed to immerse kids in learning about their natural surroundings in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest.
The principal introduced myON® by Renaissance® into this unique school environment to tap into student fascination with digital texts while expanding access to books under a new 1:1 Chromebook initiative.
“We knew students would love the ability to interact with texts on myON,” explained Katy Turner, Munford’s Technology Integration Specialist. “We dedicate time to providing opportunities for close reading and finding evidence in text, so I knew the annotation feature in myON would engage our students.”
However, they didn’t anticipate the overwhelming response from their K–5 students. “We’ve seen a phenomenal amount of books read and time spent reading, which is a key focus in our school,” Turner said. “We really believe in the volume of reading and the impact it has on children as readers, so we were looking for myON to help us drive engagement.”