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Fluency 2.0
Developing Speed and Accuracy Using Technology Tools
Fluency is speedy and accurate reading to support student comprehension of text.


Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly. When fluent readers read silently, they recognize words automatically. They group words quickly to help them gain meaning from what they read. Fluent readers read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Their reading sounds natural, as if they are speaking. Readers who have not yet developed fluency read slowly, word by word. Their oral reading is choppy and plodding.
Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. Because fluent readers do not have to concentrate on decoding the words, they can focus their attention on what the text means. They can make connections among the ideas in the text and between the text and their background knowledge. In other words, fluent readers recognize words and comprehend at the same time. Less fluent readers, however, must focus their attention on figuring out the words, leaving them little attention for understanding the text.

Objective: to help educators better understand the importance of repeated and monitored oral reading and provide teachers with appropriate activities and strategies for oral reading that maximize the Web 2.0 environment.

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  1. Podcasting can be an incredible tool to increase fluency. Most students never get the opportunity to actually hear themselves read. How can you hear your mistakes if you are too busy reading and never actually hear yourself read! Take some time to record your students. Post your recordings somewhere on the web. Your parents will love it and so will your community stakeholders. Create and post your podcasts to podOmatic or even better Kid-Cast
  2. Let's Try One! Poems Online
  3. Check this out! Thanks Ms. Diaz at Chickasaw Elementary
  4. Want somewhere safe to post your vodcasts? Try SchoolTube and post to your own SchoolTube Channel
  5. Create a PowerPoint with vocabulary words and upload to SlideShare. Have students record and time themselves reading the words with any simple recording device. Do the same thing with sentences and have students read and record themselves to improve fluency.

2. Create a PowerPoint with a paragraph on each page and upload to SlideShare. After recording and listening to themselves students can create an MP3 with Audacity and go back to SlideShare and add voice for a SlideCast.

3. Have you tried Voice Thread? These students have...

4. Create a Voki and express the written word online with your voice. Check out The Great Gatsby Voki Discussion
5. Create your Podcast and then host it on Gcast
6. Listen then Read: Download a story mp3 and printable page from Lit2Go. Listen, then read and record on your computers audio recorder or with Audacity or at Vocaroo.
7. Use Google Talk or Skype to have students read to a real person, who is not in the room!
8. Create a vocal track in Audacity and add music, upload your track and some photos to Animoto and make a movie NEW
9. Upload your photos and make them talk at Blabberize NEW
10. Capture the voice of childhood at Little Bird Tails NEW
11. Create an animated cartoon and record your voice with Xtranormal NEW
12. Record your voice and create a Myth or Legend NEW



PRACTICE ACTIVITY:
Have students select their favorite book and find (or create) pictures to illustrate it and record them reading the story in VoiceThread. My favorite story is Little Red Riding Hood and here is my Story VoiceThread.
Visit the Intel Help Guide for simple instructions to help your students with technology-related tasks.
Assessment: Use the Intel Assessing Projects to create and evaluation tool.