Activities: Poodll Read Aloud

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Poodll Read Aloud is an online testing system designed to assist teachers in evaluating their students' reading fluency as WPM(Words Correct Per Minute) scores. It features automated evaluation of students using AI and HTML5 recording via Cloud Poodll. It has no dependencies on other plugins.
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Poodll Read Aloud is an online testing system designed to assist teachers in evaluating their students reading fluency as WPM(Words Per Minute) scores.

The teacher assigns a reading passage and the student is required to record themselves reading the passage aloud. Read Aloud incorporates AI features so that student attempts can be evaluated automatically. The teacher can later grade/re-grade passages manually via the online interface. The student is able to see both their scores and the words that were marked as incorrectly spoken.

This 90 second video introduces the plugin.

Read Aloud requires a Cloud Poodll API username and secret from See here:

More information on this plugin is available here:

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.


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  • Picture of michell mejia
    Fri, 4 Mar 2016, 11:28 PM
    hi i sent you inbox please check i need your help
  • Picture of Benjamin Waller
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016, 12:10 PM
    Hi Justin.
    I've been testing this plugin and I really like it a lot. I thought there could be one further useful addition to this plugin and that is a way to give oral feedback to the fluency activity. It's great to highlight the words that students might need some work on but how would the learner know what is the right pronunciation of these words? So if the teacher could record a sound file as a model via the Poodll recorder for the student, the the student could use that feedback to refine and practice the difficult words. That would be really beneficial.

    Another way to help with the students' production of incorrectly pronounced words would be to embed the original passage as a reference at the top of this activity?. I think that could be done now via the Atto editor using Poodll when setting up the activity to include the original sound file. This that possible?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016, 12:26 PM
    Thanks for the comments Ben. Both are good ideas and are a good direction to go in. I can not do much right now, but I might get Elton LaClare who designed the mod pedagogically to compile your and other ideas for a future assault.
  • Picture of Elton LaClare
    Mon, 25 Apr 2016, 6:02 AM
    Hello everyone,
    Sorry to be late to the party. I'm very happy to see that people are so interested in ReadAloud. I want to thank Justin who has taken on a lot of extra work by making this plugin available to the community. Although I am not the programming genius behind this plugin, I am very interested in hearing ideas about how ReadAloud might be improved for users and teachers. Concerning Benjamin's ideas, Justin did some work with the text-to-speech api that allowed learners to access proper pronunciation of the words in the text. Changes to the api meant that this feature was not available on all versions. Perhaps Justin can comment on the current state of this feature. I think providing a model reading of the entire passage is also a good idea. I will take some time to figure out the best way to encorporate this functionality into the existing plugin.
  • Picture of camille Grasset
    Mon, 25 Apr 2016, 2:16 PM
    Hello everyone,
    We are using read aloud in primary school to train the fluency in french as a foreign language. We provide a model reading of the entire passage using the description area by recording ourselves (thanks to PoodLL in atto), and for the practice we sometimes use a PoodLL widget (the audio recorder you can see in the screenshot).
    As you can see in the screenshot, our "problem" mainly comes from the presentation of activities in moodle: the Read Aloud activity is not easy to spot for young users (as of any other moodle activity) therefore I link most of the activities to a picture (the red button bellow).
    I cannot thank Justin enough for his plugins, and I guess it's a bit late for a change, however I suppose that a more visible logo-design for the RA activity could be helpfull.
    PS: TTS is not available on our moodle 2.9.5
    PS2: Once open, the activity is modifying elements of my theme (mostly from the header menu)
    I will copy this post to the forum with screenshots,
  • Picture of Brian lIU
    Wed, 14 Sep 2016, 2:08 PM
    Hi, I just got it installed but get following error after reading the message. Any idea how to fix it? Many thanks.
    An error occured while posting your file to the server. Your submission has NOT been received. Please refresh the page and try again.
  • Picture of Brian lIU
    Wed, 14 Sep 2016, 2:09 PM
    Hi, anybody knows how to fix following error?
    An error occured while posting your file to the server. Your submission has NOT been received. Please refresh the page and try again.
  • Picture of Islam Mohamed
    Tue, 17 Jan 2017, 3:07 PM
    Hi, It's a great plugin. I wonder if there is a way to add an mp3 player instead of the text to use it for speaking practice where students can listen then record what they heard. And the reading text is hidden so teachers can correct students spoken language. Any ideas even on how to embed an mp3 file in the text area.
  • Picture of Elton LaClare
    Wed, 18 Jan 2017, 8:00 AM

    I tested Mohamed's suggestion earlier today. I thought it might be possible to add an audio player by changing to HTML format in the drop-down menu, but that wasn't the case. I think there are two possible options here: one is to follow Camille's suggestion above and add a recording to the description area; the other is to use a plug-in designed to encourage students to follow a pronunciation model. One such plug-in that comes to mind is Voice Shadow. I'm not sure that it's available in the Moodle plugins database, but it can be downloaded from Github. Voice Shadow also has a mobile app that extends the plug-in for use with smartphones.
  • Picture of Islam Mohamed
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017, 4:06 PM

    I'd like to use the tool for speaking. How can I change Begin Reading to Record?
  • Picture of Islam Mohamed
    Thu, 19 Jan 2017, 4:16 PM
    Hi Elton,
    Thanks a lot for your reply,

    I managed to compile a code to hide the audio player. here it is

    It shows the text and a button named "click to listen" and once clicked the button and the text disappears and the audio starts
    But if the student reloaded the page the button appears again. Any suggestions?
    (I have no skills in coding, I just tried and tried till it worked)
  • Picture of Nelson Florez
    Sun, 12 Feb 2017, 7:45 AM
    Congrats on this awesome plugin. It works perfectly.
  • Picture of Francisco Gómez
    Sat, 20 May 2017, 8:00 PM
    Will it work in Moodle 3.3?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 17 Oct 2018, 1:46 AM
    This plugin hits it out of the park! Thanks Justin for bringing this back and building in the machine grading by leveraging the Poodll platform. Nice work!
  • Picture of Saaid Agherdien
    Thu, 15 Nov 2018, 9:01 PM
    Hi, i've installed the plugin on moodle 3.1, added the activity. The activity allows me to test the mic, then the "start activity" button appears. I click on start activity, but the reading passage fails to appear. Please help
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