Using Evernote to Monitor Fluency
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Any
Subject area: Reading
Description of the lesson taught:
When students hear their own reading played back for them, it gets them to think about what good readers do to keep listeners engaged. Since using Evernote, my students have started putting more expression into their read aloud voices. They also realize they must adjust their own volume and pace in order to sound like a good reader.
One of the most valuable tech tools I use in my classroom is the app Evernote. I use it to monitor reading fluency because I can save audio files for each student, every time they read to me. I can go back later and listen more carefully, students can listen to their own reading, and I can share how a child reads in class with their parents.
It’s free and just takes a simple username and password to log in. I created a folder to track each student’s reading fluency. When I tap a student’s folder, I can easily add and save audio files. When I go into the folder for my student Alice, I can hear her reading and play it back for her to hear too. She can listen to her own reading to monitor intonation and accuracy. I can always go back and listen again later on or share with her parents.
It’s wonderful to reference the audio file of the first fluency reading of the year and compare it to the end of the year readings. Student growth in reading is measurable and accessible. I remind my students to pay close attention to their accuracy, prosody, pace, punctuation, and comprehension when reading aloud. I also have them read aloud as much as possible!
I like using Evernote because it’s not overwhelming and it doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to set up or use. A student can grab an iPad, click on the app, select their name and create a recording on their own. I can use it with my students for formal assessments or students can use it independently. When I have my students create their own reading recordings, it gives them ownership over their work. They take charge of recording their best reading. I’ve found that Evernote is a fantastic way for students to practice and perform.