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Reading rates have dropped dramatically over the last three decades, with nearly half of 17-year-olds saying they read for pleasure no more than once or twice a year, if at all. Parents are reading less to their kids as well. In 1999, children ages 2-7 were read to for an average of 45 minutes a day. In 2013, that number had dropped to just over 30 minutes a day.

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Many teachers and educators are already discovering that Booktrack Classroom is a great tool for digital learning, so it's no surprise that libraries are also starting to explore how they can best use Booktrack and Booktrack Classroom to cater to readers and writers.

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Barbara Johnson

As a certified librarian and Technology Resource Teacher in a K-2 school, I often look for digital tools that are both easy enough for my young learners to use and interesting enough to inspire them to read closer and write with more depth and detail. My students have unique needs – they have much to learn, but are just learning to read for information and with an increased text complexity. They have much to say, but are just gaining the fine motor skills needed to write fast enough to keep up with the ideas and knowledge rocketing around in their brains.

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Jason Hovey

I still remember my master teacher John as he screamed at me after my students had all left for lunch. It was my first year as a teacher, and I had a class of energetic 7th graders I was responsible for guiding through Language Arts and Social Studies. John had stopped by to help me with some writing strategies to use with my class, and discovered that I had kept several students in at lunch for their discipline problems. Their punishment? I was making them write an essay explaining what they did wrong.

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We've started unrolling a whole new suite of exciting features for Booktrack Classroom!

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