What you need to know
- The Reading Progress app's global rollout has begun.
- The app is free and designed to help educators and students.
- It's localized in over 100 languages.
Microsoft Teams' new Reading Progress app is beginning its global rollout, which should take roughly two weeks in total to reach everywhere it's intended to. The app is free and is localized in over 100 languages. It's built into Teams Assignments and works across every platform Teams is supported on.
Here's a quick overview of what you can accomplish in Reading Progress, courtesy of Microsoft:
- Students can record themselves reading aloud on either audio and/or video.
- This allows students to read at their own pace and in a comfortable setting, removing any stigma, stress, or distraction associated with reading out loud.
- The app has streamlined a typically time-intensive process by seamlessly integrating with Teams' Education Insights dashboard. Once submitted, educators can review the recorded assignment and provide feedback at their own convenience.
- Educators can use the auto-detect feature to quickly review errors such as mispronunciations, repetitions, phrasing, intonation, and omissions, and can use them to customize instruction for each student.
These are just a few of the benefits of the Reading Progress app and its utilities for testing reading fluency. Between AI-assisted assignment analysis for easier educator review and data collection for actionable insight production, the app is built to be as useful as possible to teachers and students.
Microsoft has three separate blogs, as well as videos, all discussing Reading Progress if you'd like to give them a closer look and learn more about what the free app can do for any classrooms you may be involved in.
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