Activities: Poodll Read Aloud
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 https://poodll.com. See here: https://poodll.freshdesk.com/solution/articles/19000083076-cloud-poodll-api-secret
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.