Activities: Read Aloud
ReadAloud is an online testing system designed to assist teachers in evaluating their students reading fluency as WCPM(Words Correct Per Minute) scores.
The teacher assigns a reading passage and the student is required to record themselves reading the passage aloud. The teacher can later grade passages via the online interface and the student can see both their scores and the words that were marked as incorrectly spoken. The teacher can optionally enable a TTS(Text to Speech) feature that allows the student to hear the correct pronunciation of the word.
The audio recording feature is based on the PoodLL audio recording system but is independent of it. It uses a "skin" over the flash based recorder to provide a customized recorder. This is to eliminate distractions to users and to automate the start and stop phases of the reading assignment. The user will need to have Flash installed and running in their browser, and at least on the initial running of the program will need to grant permission to Flash to access the microphone.
The first phase of the "test" is to require the student to record their name and school. This information is actually not required, but the purpose is to ensure that the microphone is capturing sound before the reading passage is presented and the timer begins.
Once the user has successfully recorded their name and school, they can choose "done" and then "begin reading" to commence the reading activity. The reading passage will appear and the timer will begin automatically.
The default recording time is 1 minute and the student does not have the option to finish early. In the normal administration of a WCPM reading fluency test, the passage will 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.
The teacher grades from 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. WCPM and accuracy scores will be calculated automatically.
The students review page is very similar. On the review page the student will optionally have the ability to retry the reading assignment.
This YouTube video walks through a slightly older version of the plugin.