Activities: Poodll Read Aloud
Read Aloud enables teachers to evaluate a student's reading ability by giving them WPM (words per minute) and accuracy scores based on their reading of a passage. The latest version is HTML5, which enables it to be used with modern browsers, smartphones and tablets. The traditional paper-based method of administering an oral reading assessment required the teacher to work with each student individually, timing and marking the score sheet in real time. Read Aloud provides a way to record readings using a PC or tablet, which saves class time by enabling all students to undertake the task simultaneously. It is also possible to complete the activity outside class, or even remotely. Teachers assess student reading quickly and efficiently using a custom interface.
The latest version of Read Aloud features AI grading, which automatically matches a transcript of the student’s reading against the original passage and assigns a WPM and accuracy score. After completing the task, both the recording and the reading passage (marked with any errors) can be reviewed by the student. Teachers are able to override errors with manual grading.
In first language contexts, Read Aloud is most often used for reading practice, assessment, and progress monitoring. Many educational authorities require students to reach a certain level of reading proficiency before advancing to the next grade. Read Aloud makes it easy for teachers to collect measures of oral reading ability that can be shared with parents, administrators, and other stakeholders.
Read Aloud is also used extensively in language learning. Curricula that include extensive reading or speed reading programs use Read Aloud to measure changes in reading speed and accuracy via pre- and post-testing. Mismatches between the transcription of a student's reading and the original passage provides language learners with valuable feedback on pronunciation. Students are able to reattempt the task multiple times with the purpose of improving their pronunciation of certain words.
How it works
Initially the student tests their microphone. Once sound has been detected the "Start Activity" button is displayed.
Once the user has successfully tested their mic and started the activity the reading passage will appear and the timer will begin automatically.
The default recording time is 1 minute and the student does not usually have the option to finish early. In the normal administration of a WPM reading fluency test, the passage should be too long to be completed in 1 minute. But the time is configurable, and there is an option to allow the student to finish early should it suit the teacher's purpose.
When grading manually the teacher uses a simple interface that allows them to mark words as incorrect while they listen to the student's recording. They can mark the students end of speaking by marking the space after the final word spoken. Subsequent words will appear struck out. WPM and accuracy scores are calculated automatically based on the final word position, and number of errors.
Poodll Read Aloud can also evaluate automatically. The teacher will see the AI evaluation pre-loaded. if they wish to grade further they can simply spot check the errors the AI has spotted.
The students review page is very similar to the grading page, optionally showing the passage, scores and highlighted errors.
Read Aloud requires a Poodll API username and secret. These are available with a free trial or paid subscription to Poodll. To get your API username and secret:
- Visit the Read Aloud page at poodll.com
- Take a "30 day Free Trial"
- Register your Moodle site URL on your member page
- Pick up your Cloud Poodll API user and secret
Then you can install Poodll Read Aloud as usual from the Moodle plugins directory. After installation you will be asked for your API user and secret. Please see the Poodll Read Aloud support documentation for more information on installing and using Read Aloud.
Poodll has been making plugins for Moodle since 2011. Our software has helped teachers build and deliver language courses in thousands of Moodle websites worldwide. Search for "Poodll" in the Moodle Plugins directory to see a list containing more than 25 of our plugins. Poodll is based in Nagasaki, Japan.