When I first started teaching, there was no such thing as an app, let alone a guided reading app. Aren't we lucky to be living in a time where things are made easier with technology.
Reading is still reading though and Dr. Seuss summed it up perfectly.
Sometimes it's easy to get overwhelmed with the fast pace of technology as well as the fast pace of the classroom and the every growing requirements. Guided reading is a vital part of the classroom and one that the classroom teacher must master on the go.
This list of running record apps for both Mac IOS and Android (scroll down) might help you in during your guided reading sessions.
Mac IOS Apple Apps
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
The app provides embedded formulas for the accuracy and self-correction rate (no need for a calculator!), but of course, the teacher does all the coding and analysis. Once the running record is complete, it can be saved in a file or emailed. In addition, the app records the student’s voice while the teacher simultaneously takes the record.
A great feature is that version 2.5 is integrated with Dropbox.
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
The Running Records Calculator helps you calculate student Accuracy % and self correct ratio. Just input the number of words, errors and self corrections and your scores will be calculated for your automatically.
Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Simply enter the number of words read, number of errors and the number of self corrections.
RR will then feedback to you the error rate, percentage rate, self correction rate, and whether the text read is 'easy', 'instructional' or 'hard'.
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
The running record calculator will help you take the guesswork out of these questions. Simply punch in how many total words, errors and self-corrections your student made and press CALCULATE. An accuracy percent, error ratio and self-correction ratio will be instantly displayed!
This free version allows teachers to enter the total number of words read, and the number of errors and self-corrections made, then calculates the error ratio, reading accuracy, self-correction ratio, and instructional level.
A PRO version is in development which will allow teachers to populate and manage a database of students, track students' scores over time, and customize settings, including the instructional levels and thresholds.
his App combines all the standard running record calculator and stopwatch functions. Flagging lets you quickly refer back to the audio of difficult sections of the reading for more accurate scoring. With the push of a button, you will be able to see students’ reading rate, percentage of accuracy, and self-correction ratio. Running Records Calculator is designed to be used by any teacher who assesses students using running records.
Punch in how many total words, errors and self-corrections your student made and press CALCULATE. An accuracy percent, error ratio and self-correction ratio will be instantly displayed! Let the app do all the pesky math for you! You've got enough on your mind already with all of those hard to remember recording conventions (symbols). Use our symbol cheat sheet to remind yourself how to record exactly what each of your readers is doing! We've included the marking conventions for all of the most common reader behaviors that you may need to record. Using the correct symbols will help you and future teachers read the running record without any problems.
A basic app with few features.
Quickly get the accuracy percentage, error ratio, and self-correction for your running record.
I would love to read about your experience with the apps. Feel free to leave a comment below.
I will add any new guided reading apps to this post as they are made available.
You may also like our Guided Reading Reminder Slips. Print the slips and give to students during your guided reading sessions. They are great if you want to make that home-school connection. Read more via our blog post here. Or click on the image to se the preview file, feedback and description.