Book Wizard Goes Mobile

Frequently Asked Questions About Book Wizard Mobile

General

Can anyone use Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. While the Book Wizard Mobile app was created with the needs of teachers in mind, it is free for anyone to use.

How do I get a Scholastic.com account?

To sign up for a free Scholastic.com account, simply go to http://www.scholastic.com/home and click on the "Register" link in the top right corner. You'll then be able to register as a teacher or a parent.

Is Book Wizard Mobile available for iPhones and iPads?

The Book Wizard Mobile app is currently available for iPhones and iPads that are running iOS 7.0 or higher, including devices with retina display.

Is Book Wizard Mobile available for Android devices?

The Book Wizard Mobile app is now available through Google Play for any Android device running edition 4.3 or higher.

Does Book Wizard Mobile have all of the book lists I created on Scholastic.com?

Yes. All of the book lists you've created on Scholastic.com will be accessible through the Book Wizard Mobile app -- and all book lists you create in the app will be available on the website.

Where do I find my book lists on Scholastic.com?

To see your book lists on Scholastic.com, go to the Teacher site at www.scholastic.com/teachers. Click on the “My Book Lists” tab in the upper right and log in.

Can I use the Book Wizard Mobile app at retail book stores?

Yes, you can certainly use the Book Wizard Mobile app at book stores. However, please keep in mind that while the app utilizes a database of more than 50,000 different children’s books, it may not include all editions of those books available in the retail market place. The app is intended for school use and scanning for book levels in a retail environment might not yield the best results.

Scanning

How do I scan a book?

To scan a book, tap the scanner icon at the bottom of the app and then align the red bar with the book's bar code. For best results, hold your device about 4 to 6 inches from the bar code and watch for heavy glare on the book, because that can interfere with the scanning. Once the bar code has been scanned, information about the book will come up in the app.

I got an error when I scanned a book. Now what?

When you scan a book's bar code, the app searches the Book Wizard database of more than 50,000 books for that particular edition of the title. If that title is not in the database or there was a problem with the scan, you may receive an error message. It is also possible that the title is in the database, just not the particular edition you scanned.


In this case, tap “Search” and type the title or say the title using your mobile device’s speech recognition function.


Does Book Wizard Mobile use a laser?

No. The Book Wizard Mobile app uses your device's optics to read the bar code of a book. It does not emit a laser.

Searching

How do I search for books in Book Wizard Mobile?

In addition to finding books by using Book Wizard Mobile's bar code scanner, you can also use the search feature to find books by title, author, or keyword. Simply tap the search icon at the bottom left corner of the app and type a search term. Or, tap the microphone icon on your device’s keypad and say the search term. (Make sure your device’s speech recognition function is turned on.) The app will present you with a list of results based on that term.

The book I searched for isn't available. Now what?

The Book Wizard has information about more than 50,000 books in its database, and we're adding books every day. If you don't find a title, it may be because that book hasn't been added yet. Please check back again later!

Book Levels

What does Interest Level mean?

Interest Level indicates that students in these grades are the most likely to be engaged by the book's content and approach.

What does Grade Level Equivalent mean?

The Grade Level Equivalent reading level describes the readability of the text by grade. It indicates that a student in that grade who is reading at grade level would be able to read the book independently. For example a student who is in the first month of fourth grade and reading on-grade would be well matched to a book with a Reading Level of 4.1. Each grade level has a range of .1 to .9.

What does Lexile® Measure mean?

The Lexile Framework is a numeric scale from the company MetaMetrics that is used to help match reader ability and text difficulty. It is based on an algorithm that simultaneously measures vocabulary and sentence length. The Lexile Framework evaluates prose only. Poems, plays, and songs do not have Lexile Measures.

The Lexile framework is aligned to many, but not all, standardized state assessments. Schools that actively use the Lexile framework often use formative assessments such as the Scholastic Reading Inventory. Formative tests you give to measure progress as you teach new material. The test results help you amplify your teaching, re-teach, and provide additional practice to solidify concepts and skills.

What does Guided Reading mean?

Developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, the Guided Reading level system is a detailed, alphabetic system that has several levels within each grade level. For example, grade 2 is equivalent to Guided Reading levels J through M. These multiple levels allow you to tailor your reading program more accurately to a range of reading abilities.

Each book is carefully evaluated prior to being leveled, and teacher input is taken into consideration in the leveling process.

What does DRA mean?

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is a reading assessment tool intended to identify the independent reading level for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With the DRA numerical scale, you can measure reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Students are said to be near, at, or above grade level; below grade level; or significantly below grade level. Once you know the student's DRA score, you can match that score with books in the appropriate level.

Can I print book information from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. When viewing the details about a book in the Book Wizard Mobile app, you have the option to print the information about a book. Simply tap the "Action" button in the top right section of the app and choose the print option.


The Book Wizard Mobile Action button.


Can I email book information from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. When viewing details about a book in the Book Wizard Mobile app, you can email it. Simply tap the "Action" button located at the top right section of the app and choose the email option.


The Book Wizard Mobile Action button.


Book Lists

How do I create a book list in Book Wizard Mobile?

To create a book list, first tap the "My Book Lists" icon in the lower right corner of the app and then tap the "New" button. From here, you will be able to name your book list and add notes.

You can also create a new book list from the book detail screen. Tap the “Add to Book List” button at the bottom of the screen. You will be presented with the list of all your existing book lists, along with the option to create a new book list or a Classroom Library List.


Tap My Book Lists to create a new book list.


What is the Classroom Library List?

Because Book Wizard Mobile makes finding book levels so quick and easy, we have given you the option to create a Classroom Library List of all the titles in your classroom. When you search or scan a book, just add it to your Classroom Library List so that you’ll have an inventory of every title in your classroom – along with the levels!

You can export your Classroom Library List to an Excel spreadsheet by going to your List at Scholastic.com and selecting the “Download” option beneath the List name.

How do I see my book lists on Scholastic.com?

All book lists created in the Book Wizard Mobile app are also available through your online Scholastic.com account -- and vice versa. To view your book lists online, please go to www.scholastic.com/teachers and click on the "My Book Lists" button near the top right corner of the page.

Can I edit my book lists using Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. You can edit your book lists in the Book Wizard Mobile app by tapping the "My Book Lists" button. Select the list you'd like to change and tap the "Edit" button in the top right corner. You'll be able to edit the title and notes, as well as remove books or delete the entire list. Please remember that changes you make in the app will also appear in your book list when you view it on the website.

Sharing

Can I email my book lists from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. You can email your book lists from the Book Wizard Mobile app. Tap the "My Book Lists" icon in the lower right corner of the app, choose the list you want to share, and then tap the "Action" button in the top right corner. Tap the "Share Via Email" button. Your book list will now be “Public” so that those you’ve shared your book list with can view it.

Can I share my book lists to Facebook from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. You can post your book list to your Facebook account. Tap the Action button in the upper right, then tap “Share to Facebook.” Your device must be logged into Facebook to share your book list. Go to “Settings” to keep your device logged into Facebook. When you share your book list on Facebook, its status will be “Public” so that those who visit your Facebook page can view the book list.

Can I pin my book lists to my Pinterest boards from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. Tap the Action button in the upper right then tap “Share to Pinterest.” You must have the free Pinterest mobile app installed on your device in order to pin your book list. When you pin your book list its status will be “Public” so that those who visit your Pinterest board can view the book list.

Can I post my book lists to my Twitter account from Book Wizard Mobile?

Yes. Tap the Action button in the upper right then tap “Share to Twitter.” Your device must be logged into Twitter to share your book list. Go to “Settings” to keep your device logged into Twitter. When you share your book list on Twitter, its status will be “Public” so that others can view the book list.

Privacy

Does Book Wizard Mobile collect any personal information?

This app does NOT collect personally identifiable information other than your Scholastic.com user name, which may be your email address. It does use analytics software to track app usage. For details about analytics used by Scholastic in apps and on Scholastic.com -- and for information about Scholastic.com data collection, use, and sharing practices -- please see the Scholastic.com privacy policy located at http://www.scholastic.com/privacy.htm

This app does collect device category (mobile, tablet) and device type (iPhone, iPod Touch) and general geo-location information associated with the service provider through which you get internet access on your device. Scholastic does not store this information.

Developer: Scholastic, Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, 800-SCHOLASTIC, bwm_cs@scholastic.com. Customer support: http://www.scholastic.com/custsupport

Where is the Book Wizard Mobile Privacy Policy located?

You can read Scholastic's Privacy Policy at http://www.scholastic.com/privacy.htm