Readlee supports readers as students read into their personal devices. It easily identifies struggling readers, monitors progress, and automates differentiated scaffolding for your readers. Harvard researchers have reviewed how students read, teachers receive actionable data, and provide feedback to students to improve reading. So, here comes Readlee.
Readlee was created by one of the co-founders, a teacher who wanted to use technology to improve student learning. Finally, AI has come to verbal reading support, and my recommended tool is Readlee. This post will explore eight ways that Readlee helps engage readers and improve their abilities. I recommend reading teachers sign up for a free Readlee account today.
First, let’s give an overview of Readlee. Readlee has free accounts for teachers to use in their classrooms. Administrators can purchase licenses for their districts to aggregate reading data across classrooms, schools, and districts to support how students read verbally. Students can have feedback on their reading as well and submit a note if they think Readlee interpreted their reading incorrectly.
1 - Setting Up Readlee Is Easy for Students and Teachers
So, when you start with Readlee, you can quickly import classes from Google Classroom and Clever or manually create a class. Once you do, you are ready to start giving reading assignments.
You can quickly give an assignment for reading for your students. (See tutorial video.)
Each assignment is done with a “task card” and can be anything from reading selected text, to a comprehension question (which can be done verbally or in writing), or students can do a “quick read” and read something independently that they have chosen. All of these are supported!
Additionally, there is a continually growing Readlee library you can select from as well. (See tutorial video.) Readlee is for all ages with these lesson plans for high schoolers
After a student reads, they can review their results (and suggest a correction if they think the AI transcript “got it wrong.”) Students can go through assignments, get immediate feedback, and advocate for themselves if they feel the AI is mistaken.
This is fantastic and is just a glimpse of things to come with Readlee, I think.
2 - Readlee Gives Actionable Feedback to Students, Teachers and Administrators
While student and teacher views are different (students see just basic data), students can review their results and suggest if they believe something was incorrectly interpreted by the AI. Teachers can see so much more (particularly in the pro version).
I like that the immediate feedback provides much faster feedback to students. Teaching students to look at their results and review them is a game-changer. As I look at using it this fall, I’ll likely let students do the assignment again after seeing their mistakes.
I also like that teachers can so quickly see where the issues are, listen to those and provide feedback.
Likewise, administrators can get a much better picture of student performance in a way that can support teachers. I didn’t know of a quantitative way to have feedback on oral reading until I saw Readlee, and can think of so many ways to use it.
3 - Teachers Can Have AI Insight into Student Reading but Can Still Drill Down Into Details
The summary of information is an excellent overview. You can see the percentage of what has been read (%Read) and the number of words and time, but you can also see the Words Correct Per Minute (WCPM) and align these with grade-level expectations. But I love that it doesn’t stop there because you can drill down to the individual student submission.
Teachers can look at the individual assignment and (in Readlee Pro) get even more advanced analytics for providing feedback and differentiating instructions.
I just love the individual feedback and tracking. Students can read to their teacher anywhere they have their device. This is fantastic.
4 - Teachers Can Read Samples for Their Students
As a reading assignment is created, I like that in addition to comprehension questions (which can be responded to via text or talking), teachers can model the reading of the assignment. This is especially important if students encounter names in the text that they may be unfamiliar with pronouncing. Modeling reading can be so helpful, also, for English Language learners.
Modeling reading is a best practice I recommend for teachers.
5 - Teachers Can Provide Audio and Written Feedback to Students
In addition to written feedback, teachers can also record their feedback so students can listen to correct pronunciations and teacher encouragement. When students struggle with reading, they often struggle with even receiving feedback from teachers, so teacher audio feedback is definitely a best practice.
6 - Teachers Can Upload Content into Readlee for Students to Read
Sometimes we have reading assignments based on content for our students. In this case, we can copy and paste text, upload a PDF or even include a web URL. I l also love that students can choose their own reading by doing “Independent reading” into the assignment and still have the powerful transcription and marking tools of Readlee working behind the scenes as the teacher’s AI assistant.
7 - Readlee is Research-Based
As I was testing and reviewing Readlee, I was impressed by the awards but particularly the research behind the tool. (You can sign up to get the whitepaper from their website.)
8 - Readlee can support Vocabulary Learning (in School License only)
As I was preparing to go to press, I found the Vocabulary tasks added on top of reading assignments. Vocabulary is best learned in context! While this feature is only available with a School license, it is worth noting, for sure!
So, I love the new Vocabulary tasks available in Readlee. You can highlight a word (or several) and add information on that word so students can learn in context.
Whether you need better reading support for summer school or you’re preparing your reading program for this fall, now is the time to sign up for your free Readlee account.
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I am an El Ed major in college right now so I have been in search of tips and tricks before I have a classroom of my own so reading this was helpful!