The folks over at Texthelp have created some amazing accessibility tools to support all students, including digital tools to support literacy, struggling readers and ELL. Oh, and since Texthelp is a Google for Education partner, their tools work seamlessly with your Google login, and integrate with Google Drive and Google Classroom. One of my favorites Texthelp tools is Fluency Tutor for Google. I mentioned Fluency Tutor in a post earlier this year: 3 Chrome Apps for Leveled Reading. Since that post, Texthelp has released some MAJOR updates! Now, full disclosure, Fluency Tutor is a “freemium” app, but the great news is that they have added even more features to the FREE version. I don’t get to report that kind of update very often.
What is Fluency Tutor?
“Great for time-stretched teachers, Fluency Tutor for Google makes reading aloud more fun and satisfying for students who need some extra support. It’s a big help for struggling and reluctant readers, as well as students learning English as a second language.
Easy to use with a sleek new look, our software allows students to record themselves reading and then share that content with their teacher – away from the pressures of reading aloud in the classroom environment.
Ideal for schools using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), this friendly Chrome app integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and Classroom. And since it works with any online content, it’s the perfect complement to other existing teacher approaches.”
Fluency Tutor is great for emerging readers in grades K – 4 and struggling readers or English language learners in older grades.
Introduction to Fluency Tutor
New (Since the Summer)
- Completely new user interface. Teacher and Student version integrated into one app.
- Share with Fluency Tutor Google Chrome extension that allows educators to create and add reading passages from web pages and Google Docs.
- Students can use the same share extension to choose their own independent reading passages from web pages and Google Docs. (A big time saver – does not require teachers to share passages with students ahead of time.)
- Quick Score – Now teachers can give immediate feedback to students to let them know they are on the right track without doing a full assessment.
- The ability to create cold reading passages so that student will not have access to support tools like text-to-speech and dictionaries.
- Google Classroom Integration – import your classes & rosters
- Share with Google Classroom – share passages through Classroom as well as Drive.
- Language settings – the ability to set the language of passages shared, and for students to choose different text to speech voices/languages when listening to the passages being read aloud – also just released this week!
- Choose translations from over 70 languages (over half of which are speech enabled)
- All of these are free!
- A vocabulary list builder to help with problem words – this week!
- The ability for teachers to view the reading level of passages students create from the web. – ETA Early January
- The ability for students to see a more detailed view of the errors they’ve made – this week!
- Free Version: Basically, everything is included in the free version EXCEPT for the detailed scoring and data collection, which is a very powerful analytics tool.
- Premium is $99/year per teacher (to use with an unlimited number of students).
- Additional features (both free and premium) will continue to be added.
How to Get Fluency Tutor for Google
- Install the Fluency Tutor for Google Chrome App, and the Share with Fluency Tutor Chrome Extension in the Google Chrome browser.
- Sign-in to Fluency Tutor with your Google account.
- Get Started! Here’s the Fluency Tutor for Google YouTube playlist to help you learn the basics.
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