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, parent, or kid.
What devices is Book Wizard Mobile available for?
The Book Wizard Mobile app is currently available for iPhones and iPads that are running iOS 5.0 or higher.
When will Book Wizard Mobile be available on Android devices?
Work to support Android devices are underway. Please check back for updates and news about new versions of the app.
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.
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 the app utilizes a database of books that does not encompass all of the 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.
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 title. If the title is not in the database or there was a problem with the scan, you may receive an error that says, “The book scanned is currently not in the database or the scan did not read properly. Please try again or use Search.”
If you try again and continue to get this error, we suggested you try searching for the book by title, author, or keyword using the search icon at the bottom left corner of the app.
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.
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 enter a search term. 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!
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 includes formative assessments, as opposed to summative assessments like chapter, unit, or statewide tests. Formative assessments are tests you give 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. The Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Books website for subscribers includes a database of 18,000 leveled books, as well as suggestions for reading instruction, supporting materials, and teacher tips.
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.
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 the app and then tap the "New" button. From here, you will be able to name your book list and add notes
Tap My Book Lists to create a new book list.
Can I share 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 to add your book list to an email.
The Book Wizard Mobile Action button.
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 see 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.
Does Book Wizard Mobile collect any personal information?
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.
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