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.

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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 I had a decrepit classroom library filled with tattered, outdated, culturally irrelevant titles, and independent reading suffered accordingly.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

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

EdSurge: LightSail a S’Cool Tool

September 22nd, 2014

Unknown-30LightSail has been recognized as a S’Cool Tool by EdSurge:

“LightSail offers a way to track and assess student reading, from progress dashboards for students and teachers to lexile measures to short response and multiple choice assessments. Check out its extensive library.”

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Jonah Edelman highlights LightSail’s ‘tremendous’ results

September 16th, 2014

teachforallRenowned education advocate Jonah Edelman, the CEO of Stand for Children, featured LightSail in his Teach For All article for the Global Change Forum initiative.

Highlighting the student achievement gains from LightSail’s summer reading program, Edelman wrote: “The results were tremendous: students read an average of 24.7 minutes per day, completed approximately 5.1 books over the summer, and the program totally reversed the ‘summer learning slide’ that is sadly typical for low-income students. Read The Full Post

NY1 News Features LightSail Summer Reading Gains

September 15th, 2014

NY1 covered the success of LightSail’s summer reading program, which reversed ‘summer slide’ for hundreds of at-risk students:


reversing Summer slide for students in large urban district

The greatest hurdle to summer reading is providing students with books they can and want to read. 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

KQED: “Many teachers rave about” LightSail

September 5th, 2014

kqedKQED Mind/Shift featured LightSail in Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started, an article full of tips for teachers on finding products for classroom use.

LightSail is described as a “responsive literacy platform that many teachers rave about.”

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