Teachers typically listen to young children read aloud individually to assess their early literacy skills, but a new onlinereading assessment by NWEA aims to modernize this process by having students read text aloud from a computer screen or tablet and speak into a microphone to record their voices. The new MAP Reading Fluency assessment, part of NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), focuses on the “learning to read” process and uses voice recognition technology to collect data on an entire class of students in about 20 minutes. The adaptive assessment also measures comprehension by asking students questions about what they are reading. Teachers can review the data on a dashboard and play back a student’s recording as many times as they want in order to better identify where the child may need help.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
Voices of Youth (VOY) is all about blogging, filming, interviewing, and storytelling. On the VOY website, students will find easy-to-use resources that can help them to sharpen their multimedia skills. These tools are meant for young people who enjoy expressing themselves through media but feel they can still improve their skills.
The TESOL Teacher of the Year Award, presented by National Geographic Learning, recognizes outstanding teachers for their commitment to advancing English language teaching and learning practices, and their dedication to motivate and inspire their students. Applicants are not required to be TESOL members; any English language educator who has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years may apply.