Getting started with Reading Progress in Teams (PREVIEW)

Getting started with Reading Progress in Teams (PREVIEW)

Support and track reading fluency in your class with Reading Progress. Students record their reading on camera and submit it to you. As you mark and return their work, data is automatically collected and organized in Insights, helping you spend more time with students and less time analyzing data. 

Note: Reading Progress is currently being tested and will be available to all educators in autumn 2021, it isn't currently supported for (Guest) accounts. 

Create a Reading Progress assignment

Support independent reading practice with Reading Progress assignments in Teams. 

  1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired class, then select the Assignments.

  2. Select Create>Assignment.

  3. Enter a title for this assignment – this is required.

    Tip: Reading Progress currently only supports Word documents in English. Learn to open PDFs in Word and save them as Word documents.

  4. Select Add resources. Then select Reading Progress from the options on the left.

  5. Select Upload Document, then choose a Word document from your files to be converted into a Reading Progress passage. Select Open.

tabs that populate the top of a classroom team reading General, Posts, Files, Class Notebook, Assignemtns, Grades, Insights plus sign. The assignments tab is selected. Screenshot of the new assignment creation page in class teams. Shows input areas for title, instructions, points, assign to, date to and time due. The cursor shows where the button to "add resources" is.

6.  (Optional) Complete the additional fields to create more data sorting opportunities when reviewing student work.

  • Reading level: Identify reading levels in the way that works best for your class. Any reading level you enter will be searchable in Insights.

  • Genre: Select Fiction or Non-fiction

  • Number of Attempts: Choose Unlimited to allow students plenty of opportunities to practice, or select any number to limit attempts.

  • Pronunciation sensitivity: Specify how strict you'd like Auto-detect to be when listening and estimating errors. Choose Less sensitive to leave more flexibility for pronunciation, and More sensitive to demand more exact reading performance. This setting is adjustable when reviewing student work. 

    Note: Error estimates are based on "General American English" pronunciation. This is just a starting point, and we are working to ensure those with accents and dialects are included. Use your discretion to mark errors manually when the speech detection does not meet the needs of your student.

  • Require video: Select No to give students the choice to submit audio only.

7.  Select Attach.

Your students will be notified of their new assignment, and it will appear in your assignments list.​​​​​​

screenshot of reading progress creation pane.

Review and Return student work in Reading Progress

Collect valuable data while you review and return student Reading Progress assignments. 

  1. Navigate to the General channel in the desired class, then select the Assignments tab at the top of the page.

  2. Under Assigned select the assignment you're ready to review.

  3. Assignments are sorted by To return and Returned.

  4. In Returned, select a student who has turned in their assignment. Their recording and the text they were assigned will open in your grading panel.

  5. Press Play on your student's recording to hear them read the passage.

  6. Mark and categorize student errors by selecting any word they misread. Choose an error type from the dropdown menu. Reading Progress will collect and tabulate the errors in the Accuracy rate and Correct words per minute cards at the top of the review panel.

  7. Enter feedback and points for the assignment, then select Return.

  8. Press the arrows next to your student's name to quickly navigate to the next student.​

Screenshot of the teacher grading pane reads: Geography reading passage., due January 15th 2021 12:59am, there are two tabs, to return (13) and Returned (0). The view of the to return tab is selected and two columns are visible, names and status. A number of student names are listed and statuses include "turned in" turned in 2 months late" and "Viewed" Screenshot of the teacher grading pane. A Black student smiles in the video still in the top left corner. A cursor hovers over the play button on the video still. Cards are visible to the right that indicate Correct words per minute and Accuracy rate. Some of the passage is visible but it has not yet been graded. A button called Auto-detect is toggled Off Screenshot of the error drop down menu that occurs when you select a mis-read word. The categories in the drop down read: Mispronunciation, Omission, Insertion, Mark as correct, Jump to word

Use Auto-detect to save time

Estimate student errors to save time. Auto-detect evaluates student recordings to identify likely mispronunciations and other reading errors for educators. Educators can always adjust the errors to reflect student performance.

  1. Toggle Auto-detect to On. Estimated errors will appear already marked and categorized on the passage and in the overview cards.

  2. Press Play on the student's recording to hear them read the passage.

  3. Select any word you want to adjust. You can recategorize errors, mark additional mistakes, or choose Mark as correct as needed. The collected data will retabulate as you make adjustments.

  4. To hear the mistake a student has made, select any word in the passage and choose Jump to word from the drop-down menu. 

  5. Differentiate how strict Auto-detect is when listening and estimating errors with the Pronunciation sensitivity drop down. 

Screenshot of the grading pane of Reading Progress. A student video is at the top left corner, with data for words per minute and accuracy rate to the right. Auto-detect is toggled on and the passage is marked with Mispronunciations and omissions.

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Complete a Reading Progress assignment

Got a Reading Progress assignment due? To complete this assignment you will record yourself reading out loud. It looks just like your other assignments and will show up in your class team's General channel and in the Assignments tab. 

  1. Select View Assignment.

  2. Select the document under My work to open Reading Progress. 

    Note: The first time you complete a Reading Progress assignment, you will need to select Allow so the app can access your camera and audio recordings.

  3. Ready to read out loud? Press Ready? Let's start! to begin.

  4. You can select the Immersive Reader   Icon for Immersive Reader  and choose the settings that help you read best.

  5. When you finish reading, select I'm done.

  6. If you'd like, you can review the recording you made. Press Play to review your recording. 

  7. If your educator allowed more than one try, you can choose Try again to create a new recording. 

  8. Select Use this recording to attach your recording to the assignment. 

  9. Don't forget to select Turn in to submit the assignment to your educator.

Celebrate - your brain is getting stronger!

screenshot of student experience. text reads "Geography reading passage, Due January 15th 2021 12:59 AM, instructions: please read this passage out loud and turn in, my work, a button that reads Geography.

the screen reads "Preview your video" a Black student in a fuzzy white headband smiles in the video still. Below her buttons read "Try again" and "Use this recording"

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