Here’s a handy app for those of you who are setting up your leveled classroom libraries. Level It Books is an app, for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (available for $2.99 through iTunes) that allows you to scan the ISBN of a book to find title information, as well as GR levels, grade level equivalents, lexile and DRA levels. Keep in mind that the database will not contain every title, especially newer titles. According to their website they have about 150,000 titles in their database. Not that this information is hard to find through other sources, but the convenience of barcode scanning may make it worth the price.
There are several additional features which add value to this app:
- Library: You can use the app to keep track of books in your classroom library. Set up a new library in the app and then scan the ISBN to add the book to your library.
- Wish List: Keep track of suggestions from students and colleagues
- Roster: Create a student roster and you can keep track of who has your books.
The creators of the app hope to have teachers make recommendations and submit levels. “One of our goals with this app is to create a network of teachers that will provide input into our ever expanding database of book data.”
There may be other players out there offering similar functionality, but this is the first I’ve seen of an app like this. Sorry, I don’t know if there is a comparable app for android devices.