DALLAS, February 26, 2014 — Calvin Cool Joins the Crew at Istation Reading

Istation’s hip new character, Calvin Cool, joins the program’s engaging, animated cast to lead students through interactive, step-by-step lessons that teach the characteristics of good writing. Students and educators with Istation Reading subscriptions can automatically access the newly released “Writing Rules! with Calvin Cool” interactive online writing program.

Perfect for flipped classrooms, project-based learning and blended instruction, “Writing Rules!” guides students in developing their writing portfolios over multiple class sessions. Drafts are stored online and are available for students to revise at home with school subscriptions to Istation Home. Instead of juggling stacks of printed writing assignments, educators can review student work online and monitor progress of an entire class throughout each step of the writing process, from first drafts to final works.

Video: Calvin Cool, Writing Rules, and Istation

He plays jazz, video chats with his friends online and shares writing tips on everything from planning and organizing to drafting, revising and publishing!

In addition to writing, Calvin Cool also plays jazz, frequently video chats with his friends online and shares writing tips on everything from planning and organizing to drafting, revising and publishing. His passion shines as he guides students through motivating writing activities on topics that are important to them. Students will build paragraphs and write essays while applying the six traits of effective writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions.

Independent, computer-guided instruction allows students to learn at their own pace. “Writing Rules!” also offers support for teacher-directed lessons so instructors can lead an entire classroom or large group using an interactive whiteboard or computer and projector system. Plus, students and educators both have online access to instructional materials such as writing samples, checklists, graphic organizers and student-friendly rubrics.

Students can join Calvin Cool in virtual cybercafes to relax together and explore ways to make writing fun and personal. He goes beyond basic rules to explain the benefits of writing with a purpose and writing for pleasure, so students learn to share and express ideas with friends and family and thoughtfully respond to instructional lessons.

About Istation

Istation is an award-winning comprehensive e-learning program used by more than four million students across the world. Known for its accurate assessments, engaging curriculum and trusted teacher tools, Istation helps students in prekindergarten-12th grade achieve academic growth. Istation's computer-adaptive assessments (known as ISIP™) immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. An animated, game-like interface effectively engages students so well, they don't even realize they're being evaluated. Along with its highly interactive digital curriculum, Istation provides teachers with access to thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive progress reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math. Istation instruction is available in Reading, Reading en Español and Math.