Our Library here at Henry Elementary was excited to be able to bring the “LightBox” reading website to our building this year. Henry is a Kindergarten through Second grade school. Our building houses around 360 students and 57 teachers and staff.
I, the librarian of our building, I had looked at several different websites over the past few years. I couldn’t seem to find one that I felt had all the elements that I wanted to offer our school community. LightBox provided the criteria I was looking for in a website. Some of my criteria included; user friendly, quality text and information, useful knowledge, helpful instruction, easy to see and navigate graphics and web-safety. LightBox hit them all, almost perfectly.
LightBox brought with it so many user-friendly features for our young students. I was very impressed with all the graphics that helped students experience many different options, while staying safe within the website. For many of our Kindergartners LightBox was their first use of navigation on a computer/laptop. On the other side of the computer experience we have our Second graders that have become well versed, shall we say, in figuring out how to get around website. The all-inclusive website allowed them to within our safety boundaries.
Our teachers were impressed by the variety of subject matter and the information each story provided. Many of them liked the additional factor of being able to give an assignment and then quiz directly connected with the information. Our teachers also liked the fact that everyone could be on the same page, at the same time, instead of having two or three computers on the story at a time.
I have been very pleasantly pleased with the feedback and praise for LightBox. Teachers and students both have enjoyed exploring and learning about so many different types of information included within the LightBox website.
I would highly recommend LightBox to anyone interested in a web-based learning environment.