Read With Me Fluency available on Schoology

Our team is excited to announce that Read With Me Fluency is now available on Schoology, a learning management solution. You can install it here.

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We bring the same exciting features available through our website to our Schoology app:

  • easily integrate reading fluency assessments using your existing classes
  • easy to understand reports showing your students’ progress individually and as a whole class
  • associate reading fluency assessments with your Schoology gradebook entries to automatically add scores to your gradebook as assessments are completed

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Our Schoology app also works with our Read With Me Fluency iPad app, where you can record your students reading and play the video back to the student for self-reflection.

Sleek-geek is really excited to partner with Schoology and bring reading assessments to teachers, students, and parents around the world. Come Read With Me!

Have an comment or suggestion? Let us know about it here!

Read With Me Releases New Features!

Readwmelogo fullRead With Me, our award-winning app, has now released three exciting new features that are sure to make the experience of assessing fluency assessment an even more versatile and informative process.We listened to our users who were looking for even more customizable options that work for their style of assessment.First, we’ve added custom miscues. Unlike any other reading assessment, or fluency apps out there, Read With Me offers teachers and parents the ability to choose their own miscues to appear in the menu when they touch or click on the word.

Want to try it?

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From the settings window, in your teacher account, select Miscue options. You can now change the names of all the miscues. Don’t get what ‘Graphophonic’ means? Change it to Sound. Want to specify what other is? Change the name. And you can add more options that work for you and your district.

What should be an error?

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The research around reading fluency varies, especially when it comes to marking miscues. Some scholars and teachers think that skipped words are not actual errors, but would still like to keep track of them. Others feel adamantly that skipped words are definitely errors that should count against a student’s correct words per minute count. And what about self-corrections? Here most people agree that the behavior should be noted, but that it shouldn’t be counted against a student’s accuracy or fluency score. Now you have the option to decide what you will see on your miscue menu, and whether it should count against a students overall score.

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Caveat Caveat

While these settings make the Read With Me platform more robust and versatile, it is strongly recommended that teachers and parents don’t tinker around with these settings too much, especially in-between testing sessions with whole groups. The more these are changed over time and students are tested under varying conditions, the more the results will be lose reliability. So for best results, decide once what the settings should be and leave them for the duration of the student’s presence in your class or group.

New Group Reports

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We’ve added new graphing and report views that keep track of Approaching, Below, and Advanced students. Finally the free web version adds a feature previously only available on the the iPad version.
This feature allows teachers to make better groupings with their students, and they can better manually adjust their students’ reading level based on their benchmark status of their last assessment. This also allows teachers to quickly find students they have not yet tested, or who are due for a new assessment.

Google Sign-in

And finally, Google sign-ins. New users can take advantage of our new Google integration. Simply click on the Google icon on our site and login using your Google account.

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Let us know what you think of these features! We are confident that teachers everywhere will rejoice at the ability to customize the experience even more.

Manos Accelerator: Week 1

Earlier this week we announced we were part of only seven teams selected for the Manos Accelerator this fall. It is a three month program that will connect our company to mentors and networks that will help us move to the next stage. We are very excited about it and wanted to share what we have been up to this week.

Monday

Our team names were published in the San Jose Mercury News.

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Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs

Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs

Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Councouncilmember

Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Councouncilmember

Manos celebratory dinner at SP2

Manos celebratory dinner at SP2

Tuesday

Darlene Crane, Executive Director at the Alliance for Community Development

Darlene Crane, Executive Director at the Alliance for Community Development

Rudy Garcia, a SVP & Manager from Community Bank of the Bay

Rudy Garcia, a SVP & Manager from Community Bank of the Bay

Hilda Ramirez from Got2BSocial

Hilda Ramirez from Got2BSocial

Derek Beckmann, a partner at NL Ventures

Derek Beckmann, a partner at NL Ventures

Wednesday

Wednesday was a big day, where our teams were revealed to the world at the Manos/Google kickoff event.

Our moment in the spotlight

Our moment in the spotlight

This is our Manos cohort

Smiling and talking were too things we did non-stop Wednesday night

Thursday

Tony Lopez is the Director of Site Management, Worldwide Online Stores at Apple

Tony Lopez is the Director of Site Management, Worldwide Online Stores at Apple

Mahesh Bhatia, managing director at Evalueserve: an industry pioneer in global delivery of technology-enriched research and analytics services.

Mahesh Bhatia, managing director at Evalueserve: an industry pioneer in global delivery of technology-enriched research and analytics services

Friday

Miles and Tamiko Rast from Rasteroids Design offered design and usability help

Miles and Tamiko Rast from Rasteroids Design offered design and usability help

sleek-geek joins Manos Accelerator!

Sleek-geek is proud to announce that we will be participating in the inaugural cohort of the Manos Accelerator this fall.

Read The Press Release below!

 

“It’s been a really exciting ride and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure will take us,” said JeanCarl Bisson, co-founder and web developer at sleek-geek, inc.

 

The team of two teachers and a web developer met last summer at the AT&T Mobile Education Hackathon in Palo Alto. They designed and built a prototype of Read With Me App, a digital reading assessment tool for teachers. Less than 24 hours later, they had won first place.

 

Since then, they have launched a web version, native iOS app, and on Edmodo and Chalkable. The iOS app gives teachers the ability to record the student reading and play audio back for the student to listen to and self-reflect on misread words.

 

This past summer, they have been working hard to bring a second app, Yoop.ly, to life. Yoop.ly is a behavior management tracking tool that is designed to eliminate the endless piles of paperwork and involve the student and parents in the process of recognizing and resolving behavior issues in the classroom before it interrupts the student’s learning process.

 

“After reading assessments and the endless papers we solved, we felt the referral system needed improvement,” said Francisco Nieto, teacher and developer. “We really want to help the students focus and keep learning.”

 

Manos Accelerator is a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides “hands-on” education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising startup companies led by Latinos, moving them onto a fast track to success.

 

Manos Accelerator is a first of its kind accelerator targeting Latino entrepreneurs who are generally under-represented in early-stage ventures. Over 70 teams from around the world applied for the three month program. Sleek-geek was one of only six teams to be selected.

 

“I’m really excited to have the Sleek-geek team participate in our accelerator program,” said Edward Avila, co-founder and CEO of Manos Accelerator.  ”They have real insight to problems in the education system and they are developing solutions to solve these problems.”

 

Participants of the program will be mentored by fellow Latino advisors, will be taught the skills of a successful entrepreneur, have access to free office space in downtown San Jose, and most importantly, connections to investors.

 

“This is what a young startup looks forward to,” Bisson said. “We can’t wait to move to the next step so we can see our dream come true with easy to use tools in the classroom saving teachers time and improving how students learn.”

 

For more information on Read With Me App (www.readwithmeapp.com) and Yoop.ly (www.yoop.ly), please contact connect@sleek-geek.net.


Core Math Jam goes to The Tech

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The sleek-geek team went to San Jose’s The Tech Museum for their regular “Beta jam” session last Thursday to put Core Math Jam 6 in front of testers young and old. The responses exceeded our expectations. Students, teachers and parents on field trips walked up to our app in the middle of testing season and engaged with standards-based math questions on several devices set up in the innovation space on the lower level of the museum.

Who knew that kids after months and months of test prep and intense hours-long testing would have the patience to pick up a math game full of standards-based math practice? Although this version of Core Math Jam is aligned to 6th grade standards, students from all ages, from 3rd to high school spent time with our app, engaged with surprising eyeball time in the middle of one of the world’s top science museums.

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One chaperone father, eager to see the rest of the museum, tried to pry his 5th grader away from CMJ and was totally ignored as his child worked through Numbers System questions one year above with amazing persistence.

As a teacher and developer, I’ve put Core Math in front of students during its various stages of development and always assumed they liked to play it because of the novelty of their teacher making an app. Last Thursday we found that most kids enjoyed it and gave it the unspoken thumbs up as measured by engagement time.

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Two students  from a Bay Area STEAM high school took pride in battling it out for top score. They crashed the app when they got to the end of the game, and were promised a free download when the app hits the app store.

“We have to give everyone who finds a bug a free download,” said sleek-geek JeanCarl, responsible for bringing the app to the web and Android platform. “Finding bugs should always be rewarded!”

And all bugs and question mistakes thereafter were met with a download. Thankfully, we only had to hand out a half-dozen in  two hours, and are all easy fixes!

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The Tech Museum staff also enjoyed playing Core Math Jam and sharing valuable feedback with us. They particularly liked how the app was set up on several iPads, laptops, phone and as a native Android app. This allowed many more kids to interact with our app than if we had just developed it for the iPad. Still, several times during the two hour event, all seven devices were being played with more looking over shoulders waiting for their turn.

Part of the strategy also involved trying different user interactions between platforms, and gathering feedback on how students behaved when presented with different types of feedback. Do we let them know they got it wrong and advance to the next questions? Or let them choose any answer until they choose the right one. Different types of feedback produced a different type of experience overall, and the feedback will definitely shape the release version Core Math Jam  6, and all subsequent grade versions.

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For more information on Core Math Jam and to be notified when we release our app, please visit coremathjam.com 

-Francisco