Review of Pines to Vines Reading Comprehension Digital Science Book

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Mobile Education Store has recently launched a series of digital science books meant to help elementary aged students with reading comprehension. This review was done by, one of the leading websites for information on special needs education.  They have done a wonderful job with the review, including lots of images of the app in action.  I also like that they really understand what I was trying to accomplish with the app – making curriculum science concepts available to ALL students, regardless of their academic level.  And this isn’t just about the adjustable reading levels.  Part of the equation is making kids want to read.  If we can inspire a student’s curiosity about the world, if we can foster a love of reading and learning – then the rest of it will take care of itself over time.

Pines to Vines is a state of the art, upper elementary science book based on the forest biome.  Developed in collaboration with Oregon State University’s Department of Forestry and a team of educators, Pines to Vines is a standards based, core curriculum aligned digital science book that covers a variety of topics, including forest layers, range and climate of forest biomes, plant and animal wildlife, adaptations, forest benefits, and forest threats.

Pines to Vines is part of our Crack the Books™ series of digital books.  These revolutionary books are the first that can be adjusted for reading level without sacrificing curriculum content. Students can experience all the content presented to their classmates, while reading at a level that is appropriate to their ability.  Targeting 3rd – 6th grade science and social studies concepts, our iBooks allow for reading level adjustment from 1st to 8th grade within the same book, making it possible for all students in a classroom to access the same curriculum content regardless of their reading ability.

Pines to Vines is part of Mobile Education Store’s award winning suite of educational apps.  MES has won over 50 app awards and has been named educational developer of the year in both 2011 and 2012.