EdCast A Reading Revolution Posted January 8, 2014 By Matt Weber At LightSail Ed, improving literacy in students grade K-12 is of the utmost importance. Designed to support schools as they are introducing the Common Core reading and writing lessons to their students, LightSail's literacy platform uses proven tools such a library of great books, Common Core-aligned assessments, and actionable data for teachers. And, it's all tablet-based. In this edition of the EdCast, Jessica Marshall, chief strategy officer at Lightsail Ed, explains how the company's adaptive, tablet-based literacy platform is revolutionizing how students are gaining 21st-century skills.About the Harvard EdCast The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field. EdCast An education podcast that keeps the focus simple: what makes a difference for learners, educators, parents, and communities Explore All Articles Related Articles Usable Knowledge Using E-Books to Get Young Readers Talking New research shows how parents can help kids — and themselves — use e-books as a tool to improve early childhood development News Widening the Reach for Early Literacy Spanish translation of HGSE’s pre-literacy app Small Wonders, produced by Reach Every Reader and GBH, lets more families play and learn News Talking, Sharing, and Playing Together Joe Blatt, who led the development of HGSE's new family-oriented early-literacy apps, describes how the apps can support learning and help children get ready to read.