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Pros: Literator puts over 2,000 Fountas and Pinnell question stems just a tap away for teachers to use when conferencing with students.
Bottom Line: Once teachers are all set up and organized, this can be a useful tool for conferencing and tracking student progress.
Use the mobile app to organize your small reading groups and collect data on their progress. Bring it to your reading conferences and simply tap a button to rate a skill. The dashboard gives you a quick glance at the areas where students need the most help. Use that information to make small groups of students for reading workshop. With the small groups, you can rate all of the students on a particular skill at once or rate each student individually. A quick look at the Students screen tells you the Fountas and Pinnell level for each student as well as the last time you conferenced with them. With a paid license, you can use the online tools to analyze your students' progress and plan for instruction. The online Calendar helps you to plan conference days with each group, but it's not available in the mobile app.
The knowledge base and support resources are still growing, and there are a few to check out. The Phonics Survey is used to identify knowledge gaps that might prevent students from progressing to the next level. Another helpful resource is the Reading Level Correlation Chart for converting F&P levels to DRA, Lexile, Basal or PALs, grade level, and age. For teachers who want a printable of the full list of skills and thousands of prompts that come with Literator, that's also included. And students can make their own reading skills charts with the Student Progress Tracker.
Literator is a reading intervention tool that helps teachers gather on-the-spot data and use it to plan guided reading instruction. Using the free iOS and Android app -- or the paid web platform -- teachers confer with students and make observations with the help of 2,000 relevant question stems and prompts to support the skills assessment process. Once a student demonstrates mastery of skills and is ready to advance to the next reading level, the teacher taps a button to "level up" the student.
The mobile app is designed for quick data collection; the web platform is where teachers and administrators can analyze reading progress across grade levels, a school, or a district. Charts and filters help teachers visualize data to inform instructional decisions, including sorting by demographics to tackle equity issues. Teachers can quickly scan the skill areas and create goals for students as well as record achievements. This is useful in particular for schools that form reading groups across teacher teams and have dedicated reading specialists, enabling transparency and consistency for the collaborating teachers. Schools can also create their own custom skills and achievements.