With the BookLeveler app, teachers use scanned photos of books’ ISBN codes to score age-appropriate reading materials for students by associating different texts with letters of the alphabet.
Books with grade “Z,” for instance, are appropriate for students above the sixth grade, while a book with grade “Y” is appropriate for a student in fifth or sixth grade. All the reading-level grades assigned to books are the result of crowdsourced recommendations from teachers using the app. As the database of books becomes bigger, teachers will be able to search content in the app’s library.
The free app, version two of which was released at the end of 2012, is the product of education-technology startup Unbound Concepts, one of four companies AccelerateBaltimore admitted to its first class of startups in 2012. The startup has two office locations, one in the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in Howard County, and another in New York City as part of the first cohort of startups at the Socratic Labs incubator.-30-
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