What is Fluency Tutor™ for Google?
Designed for the Google Apps for Education environment, Fluency Tutor™ for Google is an easy-to-use, time-saving leveled reading and assessment tool that helps busy teachers support struggling readers. Teachers pick reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive.
Students practice and record their assigned passages in a relaxed environment, at school or at home. Extra help is provided by text to speech, a dictionary, picture dictionary and translate tools.
After completion, teachers can listen to studentsí recordings at a time that suits them, either in the classroom or elsewhere.
Within the premium version, teachers can accurately assess recorded passages for word accuracy, hesitation and other metrics using an easy-to-use scoring system. Teachers can also make use of the powerful analytical tools and see studentsí progress over time with graphs and scores.
Who is it for?
Fluency Tutor™ for Google is designed to increase the fluency and comprehension skills of emerging readers. It can be used with individual students or whole classrooms. It helps to identify students needing additional support, and is often used with students in older grade levels who have specific reading difficulties.
How much does Fluency Tutor™ for Google cost?
The teacher dashboard and student interaction area are all free.
Premium features such as useful analytics and progress tracking are also available for $99 per teacher, per year. However, premium access to Fluency Tutor™ for Google is available free for 1 year for all teachers who install prior to October 1, 2014.
What premium features are available?
Premium features include the ability for teachers to accurately assess recorded passages for word accuracy, hesitation and other metrics using an easy-to-use scoring system. Teachers can also make use of the powerful analytical tools and see studentsí progress over time with graphs and scores.
Can I share passages with more than one student?
Yes, absolutely. One of the great things about Fluency Tutor™ for Google is that you can share passages with multiple students in a class, across different classes, or even across different schools in your district (as long as they have a google ID). You can also create easy to use sharing communities with Google Contacts.
How will my feedback be used?
Your comments will help shape the product so that it becomes as educator, and student friendly as possible. Your input will help us improve aesthetics, functionality and overall, help us make the user experience a good one for both educator and student.
Does this work on tablets?
The Teacher Dashboard is designed to work on any computer running Chrome. After feedback from teachers using the Chrome app, we are now working on a student version for use on Android tablets. Especially great for younger readers, the new Fluency Tutor™ for Google app for students allows them to hear, record and receive feedback on their reading through their tablet.