With all the resources we have added to Reading A-Z, we have simply outgrown the existing website. So, we have been busy redesigning the site to make it easier for teachers to find all of our award-winning resources. And we have designed the website knowing that we will as always continue to add new resources to meet teacher needs. Now, we would like to take you on a quick tour of the redesigned website. Teachers have told us that there are four basic things they want to do when logging into Reading A-Z. So, we have placed easy access to these four things at the top of the page. First and foremost, we know the teachers come to the website to download resources for instruction. Clicking on the resource tab at the top of the page displays a drop-down menu of resource categories. Clicking on a category such as books, open the resources related to that category.
Secondly, we have learned that many teachers simply want to search for resources and information by typing in a keyword or words such as cause and effect in order to get what they need. Therefore, we place the search box at the top of the page next to the resources tab. Once the teachers delivered the results of their search, they can narrow the list of resources display. Thirdly, we have placed the file cabinet tab at the top of the page. So, the teachers can quickly and easily access any resources that they have previously chosen and placed into their personal file cabinet. Teachers can continually add resources to the cabinet and create new folders.
And fourth, teachers who have subscribed to our complete reading solution and its large collection of electronic student-centric resources have asked us to make access to the management tool for these electronic resources on the same website as the other resources. So, to make things easier we have placed a manage students tab at the top of the page. Clicking on this tab allows teachers to manage their student roster, check their in basket, make assignments and view various student reports. Every leveled book in many books from other collections such as decodable books, Spanish and high-frequency word books will be available as e-books when subscribing to the solution. If you do not subscribe to the reading solution and want to find out more about it, just click on Manage Students. You will see an information page and an opportunity to sign up for a trial.
Lastly, we have placed the Teacher Corner at the top of the screen and put important information tips and a collection of user support videos under this tab. Now, let’s go back to the resources tab for a closer look at how we have organized the thousands of resources housed in the Reading A-Z website. Our resource area is organized by categories including books, key reading skills, foundational skills, Common Core, Assessments and intervention. These areas make it easier to find the right resources for instruction practice and assessment.
We hope teachers will find the newly designed website much easier to navigate and better suited to their instructional needs. After all, our mission always has been to make it easier for teachers to find the resources they need to meet their students diverse instructional needs in one easy to access place.