|[July 21, 2014]
Texthelp Launches Fluency Tutor™ for Google, a Fluency Assessment Tool to help Teachers Support Emerging and Struggling Readers
WOBURN, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Texthelp Inc., a leading provider of award-winning literacy software
solutions including Read&Write for Google (News - Alert), today announced Fluency Tutor
for Google (www.texthelp.com/fluencytutor)
an innovative, user-friendly and time-saving leveled reading and
assessment tool to help teachers support and assess emerging or
struggling readers. Texthelp demonstrated Fluency Tutor for Google this
past weekend at the Google Apps for Education California Summit
(#gafesummit) attended by over 1100 educators in Palo Alto (News - Alert), CA.
Critical for time-stretched teachers, Fluency Tutor for Google allows
teachers to choose from the included reading passages based on content,
lexile level, or reading age and share them with individual students or
groups of students via Google Drive. Students can practice reading and
record their assigned passages in a relaxed environment, at school or at
home. Extra help is provided by dictionary, picture dictionary, and
translation tools. Recorded passages are automatically shared back with
teachers allowing them to measure progress over time.
Fluency Tutor for Google makes reading more fun and satisfying for even
the most reluctant learner. It is also great for early readers and
individuals learning English as a second language. The application makes
it incredibly simple for students to record themselves reading a passage
of text - without the pressure of their peers or teachers observing
them. Research has shown that students who read and reread passages
orally and receive guidance ad/or feedback become better readers.
Repeated oral reading substantially improves word recognition, speed,
and accuracy as well as fluency.
"Fluency Tutor for Google is a tremendous asset for giving students
access to appropriate reading passages and providing the opportunity for
them to hear them read aloud repeatedly to help better understand the
meaning," said Martin McKay, CTO of Texthelp. "Becoming an avid
reader changes your life for the better and Fluency Tutor for Google can
help children and other individuals read with confidence and
Any teacher using Google Apps for Education in their school or district
can install Fluency Tutor for Google from the Chrome Web Store for free.
Teachers can choose to upgrade at any time to the Premium version, which
provides access to tools for assessing recorded passages for word
accuracy, hesitation, and other metrics using an easy-to-use scoring
system. Teachers can also make use of powerful analytical tools and
monitor students' progress over time. These tools offer dramatic
time-savings to teachers, as well as assistance in identifying students
who might require more support and intervention.
According to results of the NAEP Reading Test, 40% of U.S. students are
non-fluent readers and the lower a student's fluency, the lower the
comprehension. Struggling to read and write is a huge barrier to
professional equality and social acceptance but the right tools can help
take away the stigmas associated when reading is a struggle.
Fluency Tutor for Google can be installed from the chrome
web store. More information about the app can be found at www.texthelp.com/fluencytutor.
Fluency Tutor for Google is one of several educational technology
solutions from Texthelp Inc. (www.texthelp.com).
Texthelp provides literacy software for individuals, K-12, higher
education, and publishers. Our award-winning solutions for readers and
writers of all ages and abilities include: Read&Write Gold for PC or
Mac, a customizable toolbar which gives users access to reading,
writing, studying, and research tools within common file types and
applications; Read&Write for Google™, a cloud-based extension that
provides supports for Google Docs, Web, PDFs, and ePubs in Google Drive
on PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks; and iReadWrite, an iPad App which makes
reading easier and writing more accurate. Our Publishing solutions,
Lexiflow and SpeechStream, allow publishers to deliver digital talking
eBooks, assessments, and online content with supports to make their
content accessible to all.
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