Author Archive for Francisco Nieto

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?

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 11.33.50 AM

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?

miscuemenu

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.

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 11.36.57 AM

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

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 12.13.27 PM

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.

homepage

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.

Read With Me is now on Edmodo

Good News! Recently Read With Me was approved to appear on the Edmodo App store and as of this month, thousands of teachers have signed up. Now it is easier to add your groups to your Read With Me account straight from Edmodo. Assessments you save can be posted as grades in your grade book. We are really excited about making Read With Me more accessible and easy to use. We encourage you to sign up with Edmodo, not just because they feature our app, but because it is a great educational community for teachers students and parents.

As teachers we are also Edmodo users and are very excited about the possibilites of developing apps for their appstore. We hope you will check them out.

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 11.00.22 AM

This just in! Read With Me is now one of the top 5 free apps on Edmodo with thousands of users and the list is growing!

Private Beta is Underway!

Read With Me is excited to announce that our app is currently in private Beta, signing up new users daily. Over the summer we sent out a few feelers to teacher communities like Edmodo, and relied on word of mouth, Twitter, and other media to pull together a good number of folks interested in pioneering out app.

With the start of the new year, we knew we had to launch and show off all the work we’ve been doing. Our app is far from finished, but we believe we have a field-tested tool now that can function in a classroom. The only problem is that for the most part it has been only the development team, or folks under the supervision of the development team that have used it. Now it is time for complete newbies to have a crack at it, and tell us which  features really work and which should walk quietly into the shadows.

Over the next few weeks we will be adding more users from our growing list of folks who asked to try it out. If you already requested and are eager to try it but have not heard back, please shoot us an email. If not, we’ll get to you soon enough.

FYI: Even though we are technically running a private Beta release, teachers, parents and anyone can still request an invite by going to: readwithmeapp.com/participate 

If everything works out, you most probably will get one while we are still developing the full version and if you are willing to work with us on making it better.

 

Read With Me Featured in Edudemic

 

Pick up the latest issue of Edudemic’s iPad magazine from the iTunes store and read about Read With Me.  The article talks about  the need to reengineer the reading assessment process, the history of Read With Me,  and our plans to launch. Here is a quick screen shot. Not our choice of design, but the idea comes through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the iPad magazine, and check Edudemic for some of the best curated resources in the ed tech universe. You can get their almost daily updates by subscribing.