Online Reading Assessments Made EASY and Impressive! – Literably

Online Reading Assessments- Literably

I just have to share a gem of a find for all reading and ESL teachers! I want to introduce to you,

An awesome free app and web tool that will ease the huge burden of assessing and reporting your students’ reading accuracy, comprehension and fluency. No one will argue the value of one-on-one reading assessments that involve a student interacting with their teacher, however, they are very time consuming and subjectively scored. Literably allows a teacher to not only document the audio recording of a reading assessment parallel to the scored text which can be easily printed, replayed back for the student to hear, shared with support teachers and sent to parents but also allows students to independently complete multiple readings to better gather data over a shorter period of time. Yes, I said scored for you. This is beyond the typical “Wow Factor”! You have to see it to believe it. Thank you, Tyler Borek, founder and CEO of Literably which I had the pleasure of meeting in person during the fall of 2013 when he came from California to Ohio to visit my second grade classroom.

The popular education blog, “” describes Literably best-

“What is Literably and How Does it Work?

Literably is a classroom tool that helps elementary teachers monitor students’ progress in reading. The site administers and scores oral reading assessments, so teachers can spend less time assessing and more time teaching.

Selects Reading Levels and Readings – Literably supports grade levels and guided reading levels. Choose readings or let Literably choose them for you.

Assess students – Each student reads aloud to Literably. You can rotate students through a station or test the whole class at once!

Get hassle-free data – For each reading, Literably generates an audio recording, a running record, words correct per minute, percentage accuracy and a leveling recommendation (up, down or stay).

*Below is a sample screenshot of a reading for one of my students. You can see the share link, playback bar, date, and raw data on the top of the screenshot along with the actual scribed language of my student which helps me to best analyze his errors and strengths.

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What are the benefits of Literably?

For teachers: Monitoring students’ reading is important, but administering oral reading assessments takes hours of class time. Literably takes care of the administration, scoring and tracking, so teachers can spend more time responding to student needs.

For students: Matching students with appropriately challenging texts is extremely important for reading growth and engagement. An overly difficult text evades comprehension, while an unchallenging text offers little opportunity to master new words and concepts. Literably makes it easy to match students with the books that are right for them.

For parents: Parents want to know how their children are doing. Literably makes it easy for teachers to engage parents by sharing meaningful examples of student growth.” ~

Literably’s site explains it’s easy step by step directions- Check it out!

“Your account includes 10 free graded recordings per month (upgrade for unlimited). Don’t worry about accidentally using up your recordings. We only grade recordings that are clear and complete, and we disregard duplicates (same student, same text, same day).

1. Set levels and readings. To pick for multiple students, click the checkboxes on the left.
2. Students login at They’ll click “I’m a Student,” type your username in the box and choose their name from the dropdown.
  • If you’d like to change your class settings, click the red gear in the upper right.
  • For more information, view our About page. (Go here for microphone issues).
  • Other issues or questions? Contact us at or (513) 673 6662.


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Character Unit- 4 Free Apps & Sample Videos to Integrate Tech Using iPads

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Are you looking for fun, free and easy ways to integrate “Kid-Engaging” tech into your character unit? Our Common Core Standards require teachers to find ways for students to digitally publish their work and work collaboratively, so this character unit is the perfect place to start! To help you with this, I would like to share four great app suggestions with you below; ChatterPix Kids, Pic Collage, Educreations and Tellagami. I have included links to iTunes to download them and my own examples so that you may show them to your students as an example for their assignments.

I have the apps/projects listed by order of concept difficulty below.

I began my Character Unit at the beginning of October with one of my favorite stories, “The Hallowiener” by Dav Pilkey. I love this book and any of Dav Pilkey’s books. You may know his other books – “Captain Under Pants” and “Super Diaper Baby”.  Many of my reluctant boy readers love this series. You can feel Pilkey’s child-like sense of humor when you read them. Sorry Dav, but it is the secret to your success!

Here is a great video of Steve Edward reading – “Hallowiener” by Dav Pilkey on Video via Vimeo

  1. Chatterkids We read “Hallowiener” (I posted a link to the books’ Vimeo recording above just in case you do not have the book) then we found character traits from a list on my Smart Board to match Oscar’s behavior. Next the kids found a favorite book character and followed my same procedures for their “ChatterPix” projects. I used the free ChatterPix Kid App to create a talking Oscar after I read the book to my class to show a digital example of character trait development for setting up my students’ project that they would complete independently or with a partner.  My “Oscar” ChatterPix Video

2.Pic Collage Next we read several “Pete the Cat” books and found overall characteristics from each book which took a bit more critical thinking. We used the Pic Collage App to create a Character Collage to display different overall characteristics of “Pete the Cat” from each of his books. Students share their collage and the evidence for each trait. The collage can be saved to student camera rolls and iPads can be set to automatic Camera download in Dropbox for all the kids to see each others’ work when they open the Dropbox app on our class iPads.

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3.Educreations- NewThen on to the Educreations app for a screencasting of close reading procedures for a character of choice. The Educreations App best known as an easy to use screencasting app for kids, was used to show an in-depth look at close reading techniques. For my example below, I took pictures from the book, Ira Sleeps Over and inserted them in the app as I annotated how I found character traits for Ira, the main character.

“Ira Sleeps Over” Book Talk by Mrs. Limpert

4.Tellagami Finally, we ended up with carrying over what we learned in our Character Unit, to our Fairy Tale Unit, by choosing a Fairy tale character to compare and contrast either two versions of the story or the main character talking about their perspective looking back at their story.  I love how the Tellagami App allows the option to place my own image in the background as my “Gami” (Avatar) can be recorded speaking in my voice or I can choose from four different male or female voices to read the text that I enter. Pretty awesome! My kids have a blast with this feature. I have an example I used for my character & fairy tales unit.

My “Jack Tellagami” Project Starter Video

Let me know your thoughts or if you have other app ideas to share! I love gathering new resources. 🙂

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