I was wondering when this would happen. In talking with my colleague Kira, she mentioned that there was an iPad ap for doing oral reading records. When Kira mentioned this I wondered how it would work with coding errors. Those of you that know me know my passion for moving assessment and instruction forward. I think this ap falls into that category. I played with Record of Reading tonight, available from the ap store and here is what I liked.
1. Students can be recorded easily. That means we can have students read the book and come back to coding the errors later. AND I don’t have to search out a cassette tape recorder or download a special program.
2. There is a drop down menu to choose a level. Therefore it could be used with any levelled book in our system. That means that running records could be done by all similar to what LLI teachers are doing with their resource. That is called formative assessment in my book and essential to helping kids improve in reading. From my world of assessment, it makes it just a tad easier to make running records part of my everyday classroom practice.
3. I coded with my stylus. There is no text there to follow. I tapped a line for each word read correctly and coded the miscue. The beauty was in the analysis. I just tapped either the error or self correction column and then immediately was sent to the analysis column.
3. I was able to choose from a drop down for fluency and could even write an anecdote about the reading.
4. When done I could save the record sheet as well as email. I like that I could easily share it with my principal, LRT, parent, assessment supervisor. 🙂
5. No translation necessary and so Monique, Frankie, Isabelle and Ian, even FI teachers could use it for informal Oral Reading Records.
6. It is a FREE ap. check it out. (I did and I emailed myself my record sheet).