The Istation Reading Program is a computer-based learning system that gives students access to individualized reading and comprehension instruction, according to Istation. The program, designed for students from pre-K through high school, assesses the level of each individual student to create unique age-appropriate content.
Istation offers students a typical lesson plan, including an introduction, instruction, modeling and guided, independent practice before having the student apply the material within a passage of text, as reported by EdSurge. These lessons include interactive activities and games that provide a cumulative review of the material for the student.
The content in the reading curriculum is divided into two categories, early and advanced reading, states Istation. The early reading level targets pre-K through third-grade students and focuses on phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency. Fourth through 12th graders are typically in the advanced reading category, where the emphasis is placed on word analysis, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Each curriculum is regularly adjusted to the child's abilities in each of these skill areas.
The Istation program uses animated characters to engage the students' interest and motivate their participation in the exercises, according to Istation. Teachers who use the program have unlimited access to resources that include assessments, directed lessons and online books.