How I Use It
I used this website (and accompanying app) for use during "Listen to reading" time in my classroom. I set up a roster with my students and assigned them reading levels within the website. Each student was able to log on independently and listen to stories, take quizzes, and even record themselves reading stories. The stories were appropriately leveled for student reading practice. I received a weekly report from the website that included which students logged in and the length of time that they practiced. The report also identified how much books the students read independently, how many books they listened to, and the number of quizzes that they took and passed. There were several reports that were available on the teacher dashboard, including a breakdown of comprehension skills and whether the students were showing mastery of the reported skills on the quizzes. It made it easier as a teacher to identify weakness in the students comprehension and to pull them to the side for a review of skills such as setting, character analysis or making inferences. Students were also able to earn stars which they could then use to "purchase" items in the robot builder or RazRocket areas. Those stars were a great incentive for students to engage with the content on the site. Students were also able to access this at home and some parents used this as text for their required reading logs.
This website is an extremely useful tool in my classroom. The students were able to listen to fluent reading and to practice leveled reading without needing a teacher to work with them. Students were constantly receiving reinforcement in fluent reading. All of my students benefited from this website. The ability to differentiate the materials was extremely valuable. My special needs students were able to listen to stories on a very basic level (AA) while my more advanced students were able to move on to texts on levels S-T, all in the same room during the same time.