EDUCATION WEEK: Asst. Superintendent calls LightSail a “game changer for literacy instruction”

June 23rd, 2015

education weekPatrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent in Burlington Public Schools, featured LightSail in his recent article, “Is Your District Missing the Digital Literacy Boat?” Larkin describes the most cost-effective ways to bring digital books into schools, and highlights LightSail in describing the opportunity to dramatically improve literacy outcomes with technology. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins REVERE Award

June 15th, 2015

LightSail won the award for Best Supplemental Resource in Reading and Language Arts at the REVERE Awards Gala on June 3. Award winners were evaluated through in-person events and remote judging by 100 evaluators in the education and publishing industries. Judges called LightSail “very impressive,” and recognized it as an “incredibly responsive program” that was both “motivational” and “thoughtfully planned out.”

The REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Read The Full Post

THE LAKESHORE NEWS: LightSail Helps Students Prepare for Digital Future

June 15th, 2015


The Lakeshore News reported that Red Creek Central School District will be using LightSail as part of a new focus on literacy, in addition to providing tablets to nearly all of its students.

A visit to a nearby Port Byron school, a district already using LightSail, helped convince Red Creek Superintendent David G. Read The Full Post

Burlington Public Schools Features LightSail As ‘Praised’ Tool

May 7th, 2015

Burlington Public Schools, the Massachusetts district noted for its ed tech leadership, has featured LightSail on its EdTech blog.

The detailed review opens with, “The system has provided excellent opportunities for teacher intervention and support resulting in student academic growth. Read The Full Post

EDSURGE: LightSail Raises $3.5 Million for Digital Libraries

May 6th, 2015

edsurge logoEdSurge featured LightSail’s new funding announcement, highlighting the company’s plans with the new funding.

CEO Gideon Stein was quoted highlighting LightSail’s focus on efficacy research: “Because we are dedicated to efficacy and data integrity, we are currently conducting multiple efficacy studies with nationally-recognized research and academic firms, so that we can crystallize – and effectively communicate – the student achievement gains from LightSail use.”

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LightSail Announces Adaptive Learning Innovations, New Funding Led By Intuit Co-Founder Scott Cook

May 6th, 2015


Award-winning literacy solution attracts renowned Silicon Valley investor

NEW YORK, May 6, 2015 – LightSail, the adaptive K-12 literacy solution, today announced both further advances in its personalized learning technology as well as $3.5 million in a new tranche of funding led by Scott Cook, the co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Intuit. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins ROE Award at ASU+GSV Summit

April 9th, 2015

LightSail won the 2015 Return On Education VentureED Award at the ASU+GSV Summit. More than 225 venture-stage companies presented over the three-day Summit, and a panel of Summit leaders selected LightSail as one of the top three companies, along with Tynker and Acrobatiq. Read The Full Post

THE AUBURN CITIZEN: Port Byron USD motivating readers with LightSail

April 5th, 2015

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The Auburn Citizen featured Port Byron USD’s success with LightSail while highlighting blended learning projects in the district.

“Student scores are tabulated immediately once tests are completed and there’s no waiting time before results become known. LightSail offers similar immediacy with reading modules and assessments. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins Digital Innovation in Learning Award

October 30th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.36.40 AMEdSurge and Digital Promise have selected LightSail as the winner of their Digital Innovation in Learning Award for Mindful Data, honoring the product that best “manages, translates and delivers data to users in a manner that is understandable and actionable.”

EdSurge received over 1,500 first-round nominees for the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILAs). Read The Full Post

FORBES: LightSail one of 10 Companies Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship

September 8th, 2014


LightSail has been recognized alongside Uber, Airbnb, and Tesla in a Forbes list of 10 Companies Revolutionizing Entrepreneurship:

“Based out of New York City, LightSail aims to improve th literacy of K-12 students. This is accomplished by having students read ebooks through an app. Read The Full Post

EDSURGE: Literacy Startups Race to Get News

March 24th, 2015

edsurge logoEdSurge features LightSail as a leading literacy tool based on its strong content, highlighting LightSail’s exclusive publishing partnerships as well as its “‘adaptive’ system that recommends different levels of reading materials based on students’ performance on the assessments.”

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Jessica Reid Sliwerski debates renowned education entrepreneur John Katzman at SXSWedu

March 14th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 11.56.31 AMIn the session “Who Gets to See and Use the Big Data?” Jessica Reid Sliwerski asserted the value of student performance data for both teachers and administrators.

In Sliwerski’s eleven years of experience working in schools, as well as her experience with LightSail partners, school and district leaders use formative assessment data from tools like LightSail to support teachers in their development, improve and personalize professional development, and ultimately foster student achievement most effectively. Read The Full Post

LightSail Announces Free Ebook Starter Library for K-12 Schools

February 5th, 2015


Hundreds of free titles add to LightSail’s industry-leading selection of content, including books from more than 400 publishers

NEW YORK, February 5, 2015 – LightSail, the K-12 literacy solution, announced the addition of a free Starter Library for all customers. Read The Full Post

EDUCATION WEEK: Teachers, Developers, Researchers Quickly Evaluate Ed Tech in N.Y.C.

February 4th, 2015

education weekEducation Week featured LightSail’s participation in the New York City iZone Short Cycle Evaluation Challenge, “part of an emerging national push to get teachers more involved in the development of ed-tech tools—and to provide better information to the school purchasing officials who buy those tools.”

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: Ebooks Will Surge in Classrooms, Study Says

January 28th, 2015

imagesSchool Library Journal featured the LightSail’s State of the Digital Book Market report, noting the the findings “revealed a strong preference for digital libraries over rental models.”

“Forty percent would prefer purchasing ebooks outright, with only 16 percent opting for a Netflix-like subscription service. Read The Full Post

LightSail Releases ‘State of the Digital Book Market’ Report Based on Survey of District and School Leaders

January 28th, 2015


Schools Want Ebooks Integrated With Digital Learning Tools and Assessments to Drive Literacy Growth

NEW YORK, January 28, 2015 – A new LightSail Education survey of 475 educators – predominantly school and district leaders – from across the United States indicates that schools and districts see their use of classroom materials transitioning substantially from paper books to digital books over the next two years. Read The Full Post

THE JOURNAL: LightSail Named 5 Most Popular

December 19th, 2014

Unknown-5THE Journal has named LightSail to its list of the 5 Most Popular Educational Apps of 2014, a selection of the top-reivewed products on Common Sense Media’s Best Ed Tech of 2014 list.

About LightSail, they say: “Real-time opportunities for assessment and feedback make monitoring and encouraging student reading convenient and inviting.”

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION: LightSail a Reader’s Choice Top 100

December 5th, 2014

ttop100_2014District Administration magazine has named LightSail to its Reader’s Choice Top 100 Products list for 2014.

LightSail was selected based on nominations by school and district leaders. District Administration magazine has announced that 2014 was a record-breaking year, with 2,400 products receiving nominations. Read The Full Post

COMMON SENSE MEDIA: LightSail Best Ed Tech of 2014

December 4th, 2014

Common Sense Media GraphiteCommon Sense Media’s Graphite site for educators has named LightSail to its Best Ed Tech of 2014 list.

LightSail is the top-rated literacy product on this list, having received five-star reviews from both Graphite and teacher reviewers.

For the complete list on Graphite, click here. Read The Full Post

Yes, #WeNeedDiverseBooks – and #WeHaveDiverseBooks

November 24th, 2014

I started my career as a teacher in the Bronx. I had a decrepit classroom library filled with tattered, outdated, culturally irrelevant titles, and independent reading suffered accordingly. Given how critically important it was that my students read, I knew I had to figure out a way to create what teacher author Kelly Gallagher calls a “book flood” of alluring titles for my fifth graders. Read The Full Post


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