Product Review: Fluency Finder

12/9/2012 12:00:00 AM

By David Kapuler

Product Title: FluencyFinder (iOS App - www.fluencyfinder.com)


Retail Price: $6.99

FluencyFinder is a reading assessment tool designed for iOS devices. It's an ideal app for teachers assessing reading levels of grades 1- 5, as well as special ed and ESL/EFL/ELL. Grades 6 - 8 are slated for the next update in the iTunes App Store. This is great for schools and classrooms, where teachers can assess students’ reading fluency rate with just a few taps on the screen. Once a reading passage is completed, the user gets real-time results which are stored in the app for future reference. This process saves teachers time from testing and allows them to focus more on teaching.

Ease of Use

FluencyFinder is one of the easiest apps to use -- a teacher simply taps a [+] or [–] button to assess a student’s reading fluency rate.  Also, there is a very useful video tutorial on the company’s website with a complete walk-through of how to use the app in a classroom.

Creative Use of Technology       
Teachers download this app to their iOS device, print out reading passages from the FluencyFinder website, and they are good to go.  Real-time results are available from the app.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment
FluencyFinder can be used in a wide variety of curriculum (Reading, Special Ed, ESL).
I would like to see added the ability to create your own reading passages as well as the ability to email reports to parents or other teachers via tap of the button.

OVERALL RATING

This is the only mobile app I’ve seen that allows teachers to assess students’ reading fluency rate.  Also, a teacher can maintain his or her class all from within the app.  Finally, a teacher can get instant results, which saves them valuable teaching time.

Top features:

  • Ease of use
  • Instant feedback/results
  • Wide variety of curriculum
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com 

 

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