GuestBlogPost

5 Essential Tools to Track Student Reading05 May

Tracking student reading is notoriously hard to do. Traditional reading logs are not only difficult to manage, but they don’t engage students. Rather, they make reading feel like a chore or assignment.
Some of the newest reading-tracking tools are changing that for students and teachers everywhere. The following tools can be used to track reading, view progress, and motivate students to read more (including non-fiction!). Toss your paper logs out the window and consider whether these tools have a place in your classroom.

Newsela
Not only does Newsela engage students with non-fiction content about current events, but this website makes it easy for teachers to track what students are reading with built-in quizzes and custom prompts.

Once finished reading, students can take the quiz that accompanies the article and/or answer a question prompt that you customize. What’s more, you can see the Lexile Level of the article the student read—students can choose from five different levels—so you can track whether they’re choosing to read, at, above or below their personal level.

Teachers can sign up for Newsela elementary if working with younger students.

TweenTribune
This website, created and managed by the Smithsonian, works like Newsela, allowing students to choose from four different Lexile levels for reading. After signing up as a teacher/class, you can assign reading and quizzes and invite them to comment on articles.

Once quizzes are finished, the scores are delivered to you automatically. Note that all comments must be read and approved by you before going live as well, ensuring students don’t write (or read) anything inappropriate.

Whooo’s Reading
This online reading log offers teachers with a well rounded way to track student reading. With this tool, students don’t take quizzes, but answer open-ended, grade-level specific questions that are standards-aligned. All responses are delivered to your “in-tray,” where you can give the response a score and provide private, individualized feedback.

Dogo
This news website for kids provides you with a dashboard that can be used to engage students and track reading. Within this dashboard, you can create specific assignments related to articles, books and movies on the site—you can also add media to these assignments, making them more exciting and enticing for students.

Reading Glue
This tool can be used for tracking and managing guided reading in the classroom. Students can use it to log their reading and track where they are with the goals you gave them—goals can be set for minutes, pages or number of books read in a set amount of time that you choose.

You can use this tool make the most of reading groups as well—add anecdotal notes, and create a snapshot of how each student is doing. Finally, the data area makes it easy for you track progress of each student over time.

 

Tools for Students

Empower your students to take control of their reading with these simple, fun reading tracking apps.

Booktrack: This app is fun and unique. It pairs a synchronized soundtrack to books to help increase engagement, retention, comprehension and enjoyment. Students can create their own Booktrack soundtrack and then listen to it while they read on their ebook.

Reader Tracker: Students can view the books they’ve already read in list and timeline format.

iReadItNow: This awesome app allows students to add the books they’re reading, or have read, and write notes, add books to their queue, and create a reading status (reading/finished) for every book. They can also see annual reading statistics.

To Read: Students use this app as a reading list for the books they want to read. They can scan books in with the barcode and then organize them into folders.

 

Bio: Jessica Sanders is the Director of Social Outreach for Whooo’s Reading, a San Diego-based education organization that motivates students to read more every day. It’s available to teachers, schools and districts. Jessica grew up reading books like The Giver and Holes, and is passionate about making reading as exciting for young kids today as it has always been for her. Follow Learn2Earn on Twitter and Facebook, and check out their new ebook, How to Bring Technology Into the Classroom, just $2.99 on Amazon.com.