How I Use It
I use Raz-Kids as an extra reading supplement with my resource students. Students access it when they work with me in a pull-out setting, in their classroom when they complete their work, and at home for extra practice. I like that I can set the instructional reading level for each student and that they can track their progress. For younger students, I have experienced some trouble with difficulties signing in at home but I created a screencast to walk them through the steps.
I love using Raz-Kids with my students. It is engaging and offers both online and mobile access (Android, Apple). When students log in using their own personal log in card, they are brought to an interactive portal that I have already set up to be on their instructional reading level. With each story, students can have the story be read to them, they can read themselves, and they can record themselves reading. This is a great way to differentiate the reading based on student need. After the story has been read and the student feels comfortable, they can take a corresponding quiz that checks their comprehension. Teachers can use this information to make instructional goals for the students and determine the next steps. When a student has read 10+ stories and passed the quizzes, they advance to the next reading level. To help with student engagement, Raz-Kids uses a star point system. Each time they listen to a book, read a book, pass a quiz, earn a perfect score on quiz, etc. they earn various amounts of points and can use those points to "buy" fun things for their robot. With my particular group of students, they are currently reading about two grades below the benchmark. When I tell them that we are working with Raz-Kids, they get excited because it allows them to use the computer, they get competitive between each other about how many star points they have earned, and they are comfortable reading materials that are on their level. I highly recommend it!