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-- The NeuronFarm, a developer of Web-based applications intended to improve reading comprehension, on Wednesday announced the immediate availability of its flagship product, 3D-Readers.
The software has significantly increased reading skills in third through eighth graders in several school studies, according to The NeuronFarm.
It uses automated text scoring, engaging simulations and immediate feedback to increase comprehension.
3D-Readers uses original narrative and non-fiction texts, plus a blend of verbal and visual reading strategies including interactive visualizations, question generation, and constructed responses to open-ended questions.
The product includes a proprietary online text assessment algorithm that enables teachers to move beyond multiple-choice assessment. Students are also provided with real-time feedback on constructed responses to open-ended questions.
Company president and CEO Mina C. Johnson-Glenberg said visualization is an important element of the 3D-Reaaders. "We are the only software on the market to instruct students in how to visualize," Johnson-Glenberg said. "Students are able to move icons on screen constructing knowledge and models of comprehension. Equally important to good pedagogy is the immediate feedback; students are allowed three tries to construct a correct mental model receiving feedback at each step."
This first release of 3D-Readers offers 20 interactive modules based on national and state standards and reviewed by content experts. Modules are written on 10 topics and offered at both the third- and fifth-grade reading levels for use by struggling readers, on-level readers, and gifted readers.
Read previous WTN coverage of The NeuronFarm:
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