This year at Byrd all second graders have learned how to practice reading fluency using the iPads. Each class learned this skill using a different app. Mrs. Swift’s class learned to create recordings using iMovie. Mrs. Nixon’s class learned to use a voice recording app, and finally Mrs. Adam’s class recently learned to use Book Creator.
iMovie allowed students to take a picture of their fluency passage, and record over top of the picture. It took about three lessons that were forty-five minutes each until the students could use the app independently. It was difficult for some students to match the length of the picture with the length of the recording. Also, we could not turn off the Ken-Burns effect.
Mrs. Nixon’s class used a voice recording app. They could easily capture their voice time and time again, however, with these types of apps they could not capture an image of their book or passage. It took the students two lessons that were forty-five minutes each to use the software independently. There are numerous free voice recording apps out there. Here is a link to one example, Quick Voice Recorder.
Mrs. Adam’s class learned to use Book Creator to capture fluency practice. The students learned how to use the app in one, hour-long lesson. This has been my favorite method by far! The students have created a fluency book. Using this app students can capture a picture of their reading passage. Then they can add a recording of the passage. Finally, we assigned the students a reading skill to illustrate with the drawing tools. We had students illustrate the main idea of the passage, but we could have used just about any reading skill! I love Book Creator allowed the students to have a multi-sensory experience with reading. They were seeing the text, hearing themselves read, and drawing to deepen comprehension.
Have you used any other tools in your class to help students practice reading fluency?