The Book Bank allows a Reader Zone participant to enter books he or she is reading in an account.
To use the book back, click on the Book Bank icon in the Reader Zone interface. You will be presented with a search box where you can enter in a title or ISBN number. Select the book you want to read from the search result and add it to your Book Bank.
Books are added to your “Currently Reading” section. When the book is finished, click “Finish Book”. You can then enter in a review for the book and it will become a part of your “Books I’ve Read” area.
Reading program organizers have visibility into Book Bank information for readers.
Using the Book Bank is a great way for families to track books young children have read. It’s also a great feature for book clubs and anyone who wants to keep a static record of the books he or she has finished.
Participants earn badges and experience points as they enter reading and reach goals. Badges and experience points stay with the reader through multiple reading programs.
Experience Points are awarded on the following schedule:
1 point each time a reader makes a reading entry.
3 points each time a reader earns the “Nailed it” badge.
5 points each time a reader earns the “Turkey” badge
10 points each time a reader earns the “Perfect” badge.
Badges are earned on the following schedule:
“Nailed It” is earned when a reader reaches 85% or more of a goal for one interval.
“Turkey” is earned when a reader reaches 85% or more of a goal for three consecutive goal intervals.
“Perfect” is earned when a reader reaches 85% or more of a goal for the entire goal period.
As an example:
If the goal is to read 100 pages per week for three months, badges would be granted thus:
The reader reaches 450 page for the first week, that reader would earn the “Nailed It” badge along with 3 Experience Points. If the reader reaches 425 or more pages for three weeks in a row during the goal period, they earn a Turkey badge–along with 5 Experience Points.
At the conclusion of the three months, the Perfect badge would be given–along with 10 Experience Points.
Experience points stay with the reader for the life of the account–across multiple reading goals and programs. Badges are placed in a user’s “Trophy Case” that is accessible through the user account page and from the reading program organizer’s dashboard.
Use the simple interface to create your account. There are three types of Reader Zone users:
Organizer accounts are for those who will create and manage reading programs for groups of readers.
Reader accounts are for readers over the age of 13 years and will participate in a reading program.
Parent accounts are for those who will enroll children under the age of 13 years into reading programs.
You username will be your email address.
A Reader Zone organizer account can have an unlimited number of reading programs. Each reading program can have an unlimited number of participants.
A reading program participant can enroll in an unlimited number of reading groups.
Once you register for an account, you will be immediately prompted to take the step of creating a reading program, for Organizers. Or, joining a reading program and reading group, for Reader and Parent accounts.
Your Reader Zone account can be edited or deleted at any time.
After creating an account, an Organizer will be immediately prompted to create a reading program. If you log out without creating a reading program, you will be prompted to create on when you login again.
A reading program consists of a name and a program code.
It’s best to name your reading program something that your community will recognize. If you’re creating a reading program for Lincoln Elementary, you could name your program “Lincoln Elementary Readers”.
When you create a program code, it’s a good idea to create a code that is familiar to your community. If the mascot for Lincoln Elementary is the Mustangs, a useful code is “Mustang1”
Your participants will use the program code to find your reading program. If there are multiple reading groups within your program, your participants will select the reading group(s) they belong with.
It’s simple to create reading groups. After you create a reading group, you will be immediately prompted to create a reading group. When you click on either the Create a Reading Group or the Add a Reading Group button, a button will appear the prompts you to create a reading group.
Enter the name of the reading group. It’s best to use a brief and descriptive name such as “Mrs. Smith” pr “4th Grade”. This way, your participants will know which group within a reading program to join when they enter a reading program code.
After creating your fist reading group, you will be immediately prompted to create a reading goal. If you choose not to create a reading goal, you can add more reading groups by clicking on the “+ Group” icon at the top of the group lists view on the webpage.
You reading groups will appear in list form when you view the associated reading program on the organizer dashboard page.
All your reading groups will appear as tabs on the Reading Program page. If you create more than 6 reading groups, your groups will appear in a drop-down menu on the Reading Program page.
Through the reader management system, you can add or remove readers to individual reading groups, view reports for individual readers and manage the reading logs for readers that are created by a reading program organizer.
Organizers can add readers to reading groups. These readers will be listed on a reading group page under “my readers”. Readers created by an organizer will be fully managed by the organizer. This means the organizer will make reading entries and add or remove a reader from reading groups.
To make reading entries, an organizer navigates to the reading group page and clicks on the icon with a + sign. This will bring up a calendar with blank dates. The organizer can enter in values for each date for the entire reading program. Data is saved as it is entered. Click the “Done” button to finish entries for the reader.
To view a report for an individual reader, navigate to the reading group page and click on the report icon. Once there you can view graphs of that reader’s entries and total reading for both the current reading interval and the overall goal.
You can download a reading report for individual readers by clicking on the “CSV” button on the individual reader page.
Once you have created your reading programs and reading groups, you can set reading goals. A video that explains reading goals can be seen here.
Your reading goals are set at the group level. Each reading group can have one active reading goal at a time. Reading goals have four elements: 1. A metric. 2. An Interval 3. A metric value 4. A time frame.
The metric is the type of data you want to collect, there are four types of data you can collect: minutes, pages, chapters or entire books.
An interval is the measuring parameter you will use, there are three types of intervals: week, month or year.
The time frame is the beginning and end date for your entire goal.
An example goal is: 600 (metric value) minutes (metric) per month (interval) for September through May (goal time frame).
Another goal can be: 100 (metric value) pages (metric) each week (interval) for the month of June (time frame).
Please note that your reading groups will not be visible to users unless they have an active reading goal.
Once a reading goal is finished, you can archive it and create a new one for the same reading group.
Archived goals can be viewed anytime. A goal can be edited after it begins. However, the data that has already been collected will reflect on new goal parameters. Please use caution when altering a goal after it has already begun.
A powerful function of Reader Zone is the ability to give others permission to manage reading programs and reading groups.
Once logged into the system, a reading program organizer clicks on their name on the top right-hand of the screen and selects “Authorized Users”. A drop-down menu will appear displaying all the reading programs and groups in the account. It will also have fields to enter a name and email address for a new authorized user.
Enter the name and email address for the new user. From there, select the reading programs or groups for the new user. By default, all the programs and groups are selected.
When you save the new user, he or she will receive an email invitation to manage the reading program or group. There will also be a link to create his or her own password for the account.
An account owner can delete, add or edit permissions for authorized users at any time.
If an account owner wants to completely hand off a Reader Zone Account to a new person. They add the person as an authorized user over all programs and groups in the account. The new user with all permissions can then delete the previous user from the account.
You can add and remover readers from a reading group or program by clicking on the “Manage Readers” button on the Reader Zone dashboard.
When you see the list of readers in the pop-out window on the right-hand side of the screen. These are all the readers associated with the account. You can add or remove readers from the reading group you’re working within by clicking the plus or minus sign next to the reader’s name.
You can add a new reader to the account by scrolling down to the bottom of your reader list and clicking the Add Reader button. Simply enter the reader’s name and he or she will be added to the reading group. If you want to add the reader to more than one reading group, you can do so in that same window.
If you want to delete a reader, click the pencil icon next to the reader’s name on the dashboard and scroll down to the Delete Reader button. You will be prompted to confirm deletion.
That same edit window allows you to change other aspects of the reader’s account.
There are two types of readers: My Readers and Readers. My Readers are participants who have been added to a reading group by an Organizer. The Organizer is responsible for making reading entries and managing that account.
Readers are participants who are managing their own accounts and making their own reading entries.
You can make reading entries by clicking on the calendar icon next to a reader’s name on the dashboard. A calendar will open with text fields on each day of the active reading goal. Simply enter reading data on the days when reading occurred. Once an entry is made, it is saved. When you’re through, just close the calendar and the entries will be counted toward the reader’s account.
The Reader Zone dashboard is an information-rich interface that allows you to manage your entire account on one page.
The Dashboard is organized by Reading Program. The reading programs are lined up on the left column of the screen. Click a program to view the reading groups associated with each program. There is a small number to the right of the program name that shows the number of participants enrolled in each reading program.
Above the reading groups you will find the reading program code and the current goal for the reading group. The number to the right of the group name is the number of
Through the body of the page, you will find the readers of your program. the “My Readers” are participants that are managed by a reading program organizer. The organizer must make reading entries for these readers and manage their reading groups.
The “Readers” area are participants who handle their own reading entries and all other aspects of their account.
You can sort readers by name, amount read by reading interval and overall reading success.
On the bottom of the page is a “Reporting” button that allows you to view and download reports by reading program and group.
The key to success with Reader Zone is participation. You can encourage more participation by using our automated email invitation system to sign readers up for your programs.
Using this system, your readers will receive a hotlink in an email that will take them directly to their account. All they need to is add children to their account and begin logging reading.
Simply upload an Excel or CSV file that contains email address to the Manage Readers Section of the site. From there, select the recipients of the invitation.
You can edit the email message in the system and send yourself a test email to ensure the messaging is just how you want it.
Your email addresses are stored in a secure system. We will never access or use the emails for any reason.
Bulk Time Entry allows an organizer to make a reading entry for an entire reading group with one action.
This feature is especially useful for classroom and group reading and reading events for schools and libraries.
To make a group entry, an organizer visits the reading group page and clicks the “Bulk Reading” text.
The dialog box will open and allow an organizer to select the entire group by clicking “select all” at the top of the list. Or, select the readers who were present.
Click, “Continue” to enter the amount read within the metric established by the goal, which can be minutes, pages, books, chapter or yes/no.
Enter the date of the reading entry and click “complete”. Entries can be made for one day at a time, going back 10 days. To enter another date, repeat the process, selecting a different date.
All readers, by Readers and My Readers, will receive the entry into their account.