Adapting Read Live in a Distance-Learning Model


Recording student audio for hot timings


In a distance learning setting, teachers have several ways to conduct hot timings and subsequent pass activities, including parent as assistant, screen sharing, and remote control. If the student is ready for their hot timing but the teacher or parent is unavailable, another option is to have the student record themselves reading the passage, then send the recording to the teacher for later evaluation and scoring. Students can either read from the passage in Read Naturally Live on the Pass/More Practice screen, or from a copy of the passage that can be printed or downloaded by the teacher and shared with the student.

Read Live’s Built-in Audio Recording Features

An audio recording feature is available for student Story and Word List hot timings in Read Naturally Live. Students are now able to record themselves reading, and teachers can evaluate and score the recordings using audio features displayed on Read Naturally Live hot timing steps. Students waiting for the Pass step in Read Naturally Live can now record Story and Word List hot timing attempts.

Teachers will now have the option to score the timing from the student recording or conduct the timing with the student present. The Score Recording option allows a teacher to complete the timing asynchronously using the student's recording. The Start Live Timing option allows teachers to conduct live timings when students are present, even if a recording has been saved.

Staff Member Module includes a Wait List page to support the recording feature. All users with a role of account administrator, school coordinator, teacher, or assistant can see which students are currently waiting for cold and hot timing activities. It allows these users to review the student's Current Story Details report and to Login As the student to conduct Cold Timing or Pass steps.
pointer Learn more about using the hot timing recording feature.

Note: The student recording feature can now be disabled for an entire account or for individual students. Both levels of control must be enabled for a student to record their hot timing.

Third-Party Audio Recording Tools

A number of programs that are already being used in many schools are suitable for this purpose as well, including Seesaw, Screencastify, and Vocaroo.

Here’s our recommendation for how to use a student recording for the hot timing. Depending on the tool you use for recording, the process may be modified to suit your requirements.

  1. When the student reaches the Pass/More Practice screen and they are ready to perform their hot timing, they can open the app they’ll be using for recording.
  2. Have the student start the recording before they begin reading. They can read from the Pass/More Practice screen or from a printed copy of the passage.
  3. The student can listen to the recording and may want to repeat the timed reading several times to try and improve their accuracy and expressiveness.
  4. When they are ready to share with the teacher, they save and email the recording or paste the recording as a link in Google Classroom.
  5. The student may continue working in Read Live in the Pass/More Practice screen, playing the Wordtastic activity, or can work on the vocabulary crossword puzzles available on our web site. When the student has completed the work expected of them, they log out of Read Live. The student will not be able to move onto the next passage until the teacher passes them.
  6. When you are available and receive the recording of the hot timing from the student, you log in as the student that has shared the recording. Teachers can use the Login As feature, available in the Staff Module, to open a session as a specific student. See the Read Live User Guide for more information about the Login As feature. You should be on the Pass/More Practice screen.
  7. Click Conduct Pass Activities at the top of the screen.
  8. In the Teacher Login window, enter your Staff user ID and password and click Log in. This will bring you to the Pass/Hot Timing screen.
  9. Play the student’s recording. Then in Read Live, click Start Timing when you hear the student begin reading the passage.
  10. As the student reads, listen, and count the number of errors.
  11. When the bell sounds, click the last word the student read before the timer expired.
  12. Enter the number of words the student missed, and rate the student's expression.
  13. Click Next to continue and complete the evaluation of the other components of the pass activities.
  14. Decide how the student should proceed (complete remedial steps, or begin the next story in the level), then reply to the student with feedback and direction.

TIP: Before students send their hot timing recording to the teacher, have them listen to the recording. Encourage them to think about the things they could improve on, then record again. The listen/reflect structure encourages students to continue practicing the passage and improving their accuracy and expressiveness each time they complete the cycle of reading, listening and evaluating. When they read a passage, then listen back to it while following along with the text, they're able to recognize words they misread and correct them.

Please consider using student recordings for hot timings as one more option available to you to meet the challenges of working with students while you and they remain outside of the classroom.



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