Kathleen Colburn

April 2015 Fluency Tutor for Google Updates

Fluency Tutor for Google™, Texthelp’s time-saving leveled reading and assessment tool that helps busy teachers support struggling readers just got better.

Now in addition to being able to share pre-created Fluency Tutor reading passages with students, educators can also create and share passages from the web. This makes an almost unlimited number of passages available to share with students of all grade levels and reading abilities.

And that’s not all… Now teachers can earn free premium access simply by sharing Fluency Tutor for Google with other teachers. 

Released last Summer, Fluency Tutor for Google immediately gave time stretched teachers a way to share reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age with individual students or groups of students via Google Drive.

Once shared, students can practice and record their assigned passages at school or at home. Extra help is provided by text to speech, a talking dictionary, picture dictionary and translation tools. After completion, teachers can listen to students’ recordings any time, then score reading passages and provide feedback.
Now premium users of Fluency Tutor for Google can share reading passages in two new ways:

  1. Create passages from websites – Using the new share extension for Chrome, educators can highlight text on any website and create a Fluency Tutor passage to share with students. The new extension can be accessed by clicking the link at the top of the Fluency Tutor Dashboard.
  2. Create your own passages from the Fluency Tutor Dashboard – Simply click “create content” from the Fluency Tutor Dashboard to type (or copy and paste) custom content.
Not a premium Fluency Tutor for Google subscriber? No problem. The most recent update also allows teachers to refer other teachers to Fluency Tutor for Google. For each new educator that accepts, the referring teacher will receive 30 days of free premium access. The more you refer, the more free access you receive.

And don’t forget, the free version of Fluency Tutor for Google allows educators to share nearly 500 pre-created reading passages. Students can then practice and record themselves reading those passages and submit to their teacher for review. Teachers can then view the support tools used by students and download and listen to their recordings to gauge progress. All of this is available for no charge.

Additional improvements/enhancements in this release includes updated branding, a reading speed adjustment tool for students, clearer instructions for students completing recordings, better payment integration and more.
If you have not yet tried Fluency Tutor for Google be sure to grab it today from the Chrome Web Store. Be sure to install the “Teacher App” if you are an educator. Students will automatically be prompted to install the student app when they try to open shared passages.


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