My project has started with excitement!  I’ve been using my iPhone Voice recorder as a simple tool for fluency. Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.

When fluent readers read silently, they recognize words automatically. They group words quickly to help them gain meaning from what they read.

The students who see me for reading and comprehension assistance range from Grade 2-5 and we practise a number of reading strategies….

  • Try not to read so fast!
  • Remember to stop at the end of your sentence and take a breath.
  • Try not to read like a robot.
  • Did you hear what you just read?  Did that even make sense?

BORING right!?…. and I sound like a broken record…

So I’ve been putting these fluency strategies into practise by listening to ourselves read!  This simple technology piece added to the lesson has increased their engagement and willingness to try new things and to also laugh at our own mistakes.

The next step is to add these voice recordings to their Google Classroom/ClassDojo for parent involvement as well!

Becoming a Digital Citizen requires all of us (teachers, students and parents) to step out of our comfort zones, try new things, make mistakes and take steps towards learning WITH technology, not against it.

Images via Pixabay


5 thoughts on “F..l..u….e…..n..c…y

  1. I love the focus of where you are headed! I’d never considered using the voice recording function of my phone to help students gain an awareness of their reading, but I think it’s a great one! I can see their little faces getting excited to hear themselves read…. and then the “ah ha” moments that follow when they can identify the robot reading voice, or rushed reading in the playback mode! I’m curious what your next step will be after incorporating Class Dojo into the works! I am sure parents will love this! Have you ever considered making some type of online and interactive reading journal where students could read from school and home and save their progress to a “journal” type environment? Not sure what you could use, but this might be exciting! Looking forward to your next post!

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  2. This project is brilliant – recording students reading can be a very powerful tool to offer feedback. In your case you are aiming for fluency – something that many students struggle with.

    It will be interesting to see what your findings are. I have personally been using this strategy for learning other languages to assist in pronunciation, debit, emphasis, etc with the intent of sounding like a native speaker of the language. Perhaps, the most brilliant aspect of this is the simplicity in which you aim to incorporate this technology in Education. I mean, it’s already in your pocket – how easy is it to record, organize, assess and coach the student?

    Looking forward to the results!


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  3. I love the reactions when kids hear themselves read! Sometimes they don’t even need our feedback because they recognize what needs work before we even have to say anything. Have you given Seesaw a try for recording reading? The opportunities for feedback and collaboration are awesome!


  4. I love this idea! I used a voice recorder for one student who was so shy she wouldn’t speak in class so getting her reading level was difficult. Even though she knew I would listen to the recording she felt better reading on her own in the room and she did great I was so impresses. I haven’t thought about using it to share with parents for fluency but I love that idea.

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  5. These little things – while they may seem little – will make a big difference. And treating that iPhone as the powerful computer that it really is can be a powerful message to students.

    Your post reminded me of this tweet – https://twitter.com/courosa/status/962464822913744896

    I hate the idea of locking up these machines when teachers like yourself can be taking up the use of these devices in meaningful ways. Thanks for taking on the challenge of building your fluency in yourself and your students!


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