Second Graders Use Educreations for Read-to-Someone Fluency Practice

This morning in the AT&T Classroom, the West Main second graders learned to use Educreations for Daily 5 Read-to-Someone fluency practice. The term reading fluency refers to the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Fluency is an important reading skills because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. When fluent readers read silently or aloud, they are able to recognize words automatically so they are able to also comprehend the meaning at the same time. Because fluent readers do not have to concentrate on decoding the words, the reader can focus his/her attention on the meaning of the text/words and make connections among the ideas in the text to their own background knowledge. In contrast, less fluent readers must focus their attention on figuring out the words, leaving them little attention for understanding the meaning of text. This morning the students learned to use Educreations for Read-to-Someone and timed fluency practice. Educreations is a free multi-platform tool that allows the device to record the student’s voice and his/her writing and drawing which can be saved for playback and/or shared online. Within the Educreations app, the students used the camera to take a photo of the assigned passage and then used the app’s microphone to record themselves reading the passage aloud. The second graders worked in pairs to do timed fluency practice, using the timer iPad app to record their partner’s fluency rate.  Finished recordings were saved within the Educreations app so that the students are also able to play back & listen to the passage to self-assess their own reading fluency.