Track reading fluency growth with an app that allows you to import any reading passage and record all your pupils reading that passage (and many more). While the app doesn't include many bells and whistles, it will get the job done.
- Connect the app to your Dropbox account by selecting Link in the upper-left corner or on Scripts in the bottom menu
- Tap Help for information on exactly how to attach your Dropbox account (there are some typos here, but the information is useful)
- Listen to each recording on the app itself or listen from files in your Dropbox
- Try out samples for first through fifth grade that are provided by the app
- Select the Blank option to have learners read from a book or piece of paper instead; the recording will be saved on the app and in your Dropbox if you have that set up
How Learners Use the App:
- Select a reading passage from the list
- Type in a name
- Pinch to alter the size of the text if desired
- Tap Record when it's time to start reading
- Select Stop to pause and Play to begin again; select Play at the end of the recording time to listen to the result
- Choose Done when finished
While the app provides the tools, you have to do quite a bit of the leg work by providing the reading passages and setting up the Dropbox connection.
Kids might prefer reading from an app and being able to rerecord their sessions, but the app only provides one exercise, and it is reading practice.
Again, the app provides the tools, but it's up to the teacher to choose scaffolded reading passages and alter instruction. The app could be a bit more kid-friendly.
How techie do I need to be?
- Set aside some time for each student to read through passages from time to time; you can listen to these all later, create folders for each learner, and track improvement
- Add in passages from texts you are currently reading in class in order to connect the fluency practice to class content
- Note that in order to add new passages you must connect a Dropbox account to the app; you can still listen to all of the recordings on the app, but again, sending these to your Dropbox will greatly improve the experience
- The developer's page includes tutorial information on how to set up Dropbox and other features if you need additional support
- Allows you to input whatever reading passages you want your class to read
- You can have all students use one or several devices; there aren't any profiles, but an individual enters his or her name before recording
- It's difficult to tell when the app is recording
- The time allotted, while editable, doesn't count down—the app will just stop recording when time is up