Learn how to build, maintain and manage an effective classroom library and get quick, easy access to over 50,000 Scholastic Children’s books with the new and improved Scholastic Book Wizard Mobile app!
Teachers have been using Book Wizard and Book Wizard Mobile for years to get information on books and share book lists with their peers. We’ve now made it a more powerful tool, providing them with the capacity to analyze, manage and track the books on their classroom shelves.
Scholastic Book Wizard comes with an easy-to-use barcode scanner that lets them scan, create and save book lists, or an entire classroom library to their existing Scholastic.com account. Teachers can also modify existing book lists and share book lists with their peers through email, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Looking for something specific? Book Wizard will also allow them to search for books by title, author or keyword and instantly provide them with information including:
• Cover Image
• Interest Level
• Reading Level by:
o Grade Level Equivalent
o Lexile Measure
o Guided Reading Level
But Scholastic Book Wizard is so much more than just a scanner and book finder. The app serves as a unique reporting tool available to all teachers, empowering them with the data they need to create an effective classroom library. To get started, users must have a Scholastic.com account, or register within the app. Then, download the app, and start scanning! Once they’ve completed scanning their classroom library (at their own pace – we know teachers are busy people!), they are then ready to “Get Recommendations” to receive their classroom library analysis! They can find out where they have exemplary areas of performance, where they need to improve and how their classroom library measures against the 8 key benchmarks:
• Books per student
• Number of fiction/nonfiction
• Guided Reading levels
• Lexile bands
The analysis also includes a list of book recommendations to help them build and maintain an effective classroom library, all year round! If they love some (or all!) of the recommendations, they can add the titles to their cart directly from their app and purchase them off the Scholastic Teacher Store when they are ready!
But wait, there’s more: one of the newest features of the Scholastic Book Wizard app is the new “Borrow” feature. Now students can borrow books from their classroom library to continue independent reading at home! Teachers simply hit the “Borrow” button, check out the book to the student, and then check it back in when the student has returned the book! No more missing books!
This app does NOT collect:
• Personally identifiable information other than your Scholastic.com username, which may be your email address.
• Unique device ID
This app does collect device category (mobile/tablet) and device type (iPhone, iPod Touch, etc.)
This app collects general geo-location information associated with the Internet service provider through which you get Internet access on your device. Scholastic does not store this information.
• New analysis and recommendation engine unique to Scholastic to analyze classroom libraries and determine the best book recommendations specific to the classroom’s needs
• Updated database of titles for more accurate book details
• New “Borrow” feature
Scholastic Book Wizard Mobile empowers teachers with a reporting and classroom library management tool that can analyze the effectiveness of their classroom libraries, provide book recommendations, and encourage even more independent reading—in school and at home.
Once classroom library books are scanned into the app using the easy-to-use, in-app scanner, the app captures information such as Books per student, Genres, Authors, Diversity, Series, Number of fiction/nonfiction, Guided Reading levels and Lexile bands. This data is then used to create a Personalized Classroom Library Analysis Report that is received via email within minutes! This report provides teachers with information on where their libraries perform well and where they need to improve. And to help make those improvements, the Classroom Library Analysis Report also comes with book recommendations – saving teachers time identifying which books will help close those gaps!
Another new feature of the Scholastic Book Wizard app is the “Borrow” button. Now students can borrow books from their classroom library to continue independent reading at home! Teachers simply hit the “Borrow” button, check out the book to the student, and then check it back in when the student has returned the book! No more trying to figure out where all the books went – scan it and track it all in one place!
Ratings and Reviews
Could be awesome, but right now is super glitchy
The scanner beats typing each and every one of my book titles in to level my library, but it's very glitchy. The scanner freezes often. Also many titles are not in the database, even Scholastic titles! So while it has sped up the process, it is no where near what it could and should be. I have not used the list feature. Logging in every time I use the app is a pain, especially because there is no data I want kept secret in the app. Why would I care if people could see my classroom library list? If you are going to make me log in every time Touch ID or saving the password is required for efficiency. Some tips for users: I've found holding the camera at an angle to the barcode helps. Putting the camera closer to the barcode helps. Sometimes if the back cover barcode doesn't work, there is another barcode inside the cover that will work. Step it up Scholastic and this app could rock.
New and Improved
We tested out the new updates and they are great! The best feature is the multi-book uploaded. Just scan scan scan and they pop right in. I’ve tried Luther apps and get mad when they don’t recognize books. This one picked up even our odd-ball non-fiction books, bargain bin, old editions, book fair books, etc. App is easy enough for my son to help. He thought scanning his personal library was awesome.
The analyzer feature is cool. It takes a bit if you have tons of books to analyze, but seeing what you have and where there are holes is super helpful (especially if you have thousands of books like me).
Book Wiz is back.
I am so glad to see how improved this app has become. The scanner is so great. You can scan about 300 books in 40 minutes with the multi scanner. I can make lists for individual students or for my class. I love the fact that I can email lists to parents. There is a new Borrow feature which allows me to track and locate my books. I’m going to use that when my colleagues borrow my books. App occasionally freezes which is very frustrating. I’m so glad they finally put the effort into getting Book Wizard back on track. I’ll use this app when I set up my classroom in the fall.
- Scholastic Inc.
- 38.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.