I just have to share a gem of a find for all reading and ESL teachers! I want to introduce to you, Literably.com.
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, “edshelf.com” 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.
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.” ~ edshelf.com
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).
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 673 6662.