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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.

A number of programs that are already being used in many schools are suitable for this purpose, 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. If they’re using Vocaroo, they can have the Vocaroo web page open in another tab in the browser.
  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. (Vocaroo shows the amount of time that has elapsed during recording.)
  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.


Vocaroo is a simple and user-friendly online tool that allows users to record, send, and download voice recordings. Teachers and learners currently use Vocaroo in a variety of activities, including digital storytelling, broadcasting, and providing feedback. Recordings can be downloaded, shared with a link that’s pasted into an email or a Google Classroom page, or even scanned with a QR code reader.

To record in Vocaroo:
  1. Go to
  2. Make sure you have a microphone (either a built-in microphone or a plug-in microphone).
  3. Click the record button Vocaroo record button. The recording will start immediately. Timing of the recording is also displayed.
  4.  When you are done recording, click the stop button Vocaroo stop button.
  5. Click the play button Vocaroo play button to listen to the recording. If you need to re-record, click the Vocaroo re-record button button.
To save and share the recording:

Once the sound is recorded, click the Vocaroo Save & Share button button below the recorder. This will save the recording and allow you to share it with a simple link or a QR code, or download it.

Vocaroo options for sharing a recording



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