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Bryant Elementary uses technology to help students with reading and English skills

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

When it comes to hitting the books, it's not easy for all students, especially when students struggle with reading or if English isn't their first language.

Colorful graphics, games, and videos, that's what holds student's attention in the Imagine Learning software program.

"I love to play the game 'Galactic Goal' because you get to spell on it," 4th-Grader Melissa Gomez said.

Working on the program allows students to increase their vocabulary and practice their reading skills, which makes them more confident learners in the classroom.

"It just helped me read a lot, like big words," Gomez said.

"It's helped me read fluency and read good," 4th-Grader Geovan Garcia said.

One second grader said he brings home the lessons he learns from this program.

"My mom talks in Spanish, so I talk to her Spanish. So, sometimes I like tell her how to learn English," 2nd-Grader Domingo Francisco Pablo said.

Teachers said the program isn't just for those learning English as a second language.

"Students who are needing supplement to the curriculum in reading, we're fortunate enough to have enough licenses that we can put other students on as well," 1st-Grade Teacher Denise Oakley said.

More than 130 students at Bryant Elementary have used the program. The faculty said they've seen noticeable improvement in test scores.

"We've made a commitment to using this program completely. We have students that come to school early, teachers who let them come in early, and we encourage them to get on, so they can use the program at least 90 minutes every week to be successful," Oakley said.

And, that commitment paid off, those who work for Imagine Learning recognized the school as top 50 out of 10,000 schools in the nation for using their program.

Several other elementary schools in Sioux City also use Imagine Learning, including Riverside, Emerson, Liberty, and Irving, just to name a few.

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