Edinburg Consolidated ISD Deploys Augmented Reality Reading Curriculum
Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD) in Texas has implemented a supplemental reading curriculum for
more than 100 of its early elementary classrooms to support reading
instruction, particularly for at-risk students, English language
learners and students with special needs.
The supplemental reading curriculum is Letters Alive from Alive Studios. The district originally purchased the program for
50 of its classrooms and has since expanded the program to more than
100 classrooms. Letters Alive uses augmented reality technology to
display three-dimensional images without glasses in an effort to
increase student engagement. The program's alphabet cards feature 3D
animals that correspond to each letter of the alphabet and respond
dynamically as students use the cards to build sentences.
district took advantage of the free day of onsite professional
development included with Letters Alive, so teachers and staff could
learn best practices for implementing the program. The district also
received a year's worth of digital progress assessments to use in
Letters Alive is a full-year
supplemental reading curriculum, and according to information from the
company, it is designed to engage students through the kinesthetic,
visual and auditory learning modalities. It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten.
Consolidated Independent School District is located in Edinburg, TX and
serves approximately 30,000 students at 27 elementary schools, 5 middle
schools, 3 high schools and one alternative campus.
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