Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: Epic!

 

 

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Can you imagine putting over 15,000 beautiful, high-quality and popular books into the hands of your students today?

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With Epic!, this month’s AASL Best Website shoutout, you can do just that!

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Epic! has brought together thousands of books from major publishers and made it free for all American and Canadian elementary librarians and teachers.

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Your readers will be able to find books on almost anything in Epic! from Read To Me,

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Adventure, Sports,

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Educational Videos and hundreds of books in Spanish too!

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My son Hagan loves LEGO’s so we searched LEGO one day.

An awesome list of LEGO books came up including several of The LEGO Adventure Books.

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It was easy for Hagan to use this book in Epic! to build his very own Idea Lab too.

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You will set up individual profiles for all of your students.

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Once they start reading, Epic! will give them recommendations based on interests and reading level. They can also reset their preferences at anytime.

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As they are reading or listening, your students will see others profiles on the bottom of the reader.

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If they click on the different circles (readers), they can see what else they have recently read and even Like their profile.

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Your readers can participate in Reading Challenges throughout the year.

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They will also be able to keep track of their reading through a log.

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Epic! can be accessed on any device and even received an 2016 AASL Best App Award for their app too!

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Epic! will be one of your students favorite places to go this year.  I know it will be epic just like their name says!

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You can sign up for Epic! for Educators here.

Written By: Shannon McClintock Miller (AASL Best Websites Committee Member)

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Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at www.techfifteen.com, email her at moorefield-lang@sc.edu, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.



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