How I Use It
I started using Jellybean Scoop for a graduate school project with my ELL students. Jellybean Scoop provides leveled informational texts that students can read to themselves or read along with a fluent reading of the text. The app also provides comprehension questions, practice with vocabulary and sentence building, and a function for students to record themselves reading aloud. The project showed that some of my ELL students (44%) demonstrated an improvement in their oral reading fluency by 5 words per minute in a month's time while using Jellybean Scoop as a supplement small group reading instruction. Therefore, I've decided to use it with all of my students, especially struggling readers. While not a replacement for guided reading instruction, Jellybean Scoop provides students with interesting leveled passages and opportunities to listen to fluent readings while independently practicing their own fluency.
Overall, I really like the app. I wish that it could record data, especially comprehension data, as that would inform me even more. However, given that Jellybean Scoop is free and gives students immediate feedback, I will continue using it to help improve students' oral reading fluency and overall literacy. I have noticed a few errors, like the lack of question marks at the end of questions or programming errors, but point them out to students, use them as teaching points (i.e. "What goes at the end of an asking sentence?"), and move on.