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Fluency Finder- Great App (IOS) for Rdg Data

Since I'm always on the lookout for great apps to make my life a little less hectic as a reading teacher, I was excited when Fluency Finder was suggested by a Twitter friend. I was excited to try it out. With Fluency Finder, you're able to probe a large number of students in a smaller amount of time due to the fact that the app does most of the work for you. I found it to be very user friendly and easy to operate. The directions for using the app are short, simple, and to the point. I know many teachers are asked to monitor their entire classes' progress throughout the school year, and with this app, you would be able to with less worry that it will take multiple days to do, plus I liked the fact that the data is all in the same place and accessible anytime you need it. 

While I'm fortunate enough that our classes are progress monitored by our Accelerated Reading Instructors, I do still work with small groups of students who are actively trying to improve their fluency. I used Fluency Finder with them to supplement my data. The process is very easy. 

When the app is launched, you easily add your students by name and grade.

You can print the passages from their website (www.fluencyfinder.com) that your students will use to read. A suggestion is to print on card stock so they'll be more sturdy and reusable. 

Choose the passage on app so you can follow along. (Reading levels range from 1.2 to 8.8, which is another thing that makes the app valuable. Regardless of student ability, this app is applicable and can be used.)

When the student begins reading, you push 'start' on the app and the timer begins. 


As you follow along, there is a '-' (minus) and '+' (plus) sign below the passage; if a student has an error, you push the minus sign. If the word is self-corrected, you can push the plus sign to add it back to their score.


Once the student has finished the passage, you end timer and move on to "Finish Assessment"


The part I liked the most, besides being user friendly and easy to use, was the fact that the app takes comprehension into consideration. Let's be honest- reading isn't reading if a student doesn't understand what they are reading. So the app gives you general questions about the passage for the student to answer. 


Once you're done, the app then shows you the results data and that data is then kept on the device for each student you have enrolled. 

Definitely an easy and quick way to monitor student progress, have usable data to make decisions on student progress, and also consider actual comprehension of what was read. You can find more HERE

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