How I Use It
I have used this website/app as a center in my classroom. I have the students listen to a book and then record the book on their iPad and send the recording to me. I am then able to assess who is doing the work and how they are doing on their independent reading. I also can assign a running record to the students. Students also can take quizzes (that have great higher thinking questions) and this helps me to know how they are doing with comprehension. As a 1st grade teacher this is another way for me to listen to students read to me even when they are not "with" me. (i.e. after school). Students also use this resource at home. I have found it is sometimes difficult for parents to find books at an appropriate level for their students. In first grade, those levels change often and this is a great way for me to support parents and students at home and for them to continue that reading practice outside of the classroom. My own Kindergarten son used this program and he would tell me "I don't want to read a book but I would like to play RazKids". I am happy that he sees it as "playing" when in reality it is reading a book!
I think that this is an inexpensive ($100/year) way to get tons of leveled reading "books" into students hands. I send home backpack books home each day but this is just another way to keep students reading and engaged! I like that I can assign running records that I can grade on my own time when I don't have students. I also like that it is highly portable and is supported on smartphones, tablets as well as computers. They have recently done some upgrades to the app that have made it more user friendly for students and allowed them to access more things (some things used to only be accessible on the computer). Overall this is a great product and money well spent! I love things that I can have students work on outside of school and help them extend their learning.