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EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

  • 1.  EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 18-09-2020 07:22 PM
    Edited by Andromeda Romano-Lax 18-09-2020 07:22 PM
    Greetings colleagues,

    I am researching the possibility of developing an app to make it easier for ESL/EFL students and independent learners to log how much they read (all materials, not only books, by time and/or pages/words), and to watch their progress toward a specified goal. The goal is promoting ER, motivation and self-efficacy.

    I have not found similar apps online, though I have found more general reading log apps for non-ESL children.

    Does anyone here know of, or use, ESL/EFL an app specifically for logging quantity of extensive reading?

    Thank you for your expertise!

    P.S. Even a negative answer, i.e. "don't know of one," or "not sure" will help me!
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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 2.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 19-09-2020 01:34 PM
    You might look into Http://Perusall.com .  It is not an app, and is designed for classes, not individuals, but it may give you some ideas. It tells me how many minutes each student was engaged with a given reading And it gives them options for interacting with me and with each other as they engage with the text. It is free. You can upload or download materials to it as long as you have the right to do so. For textbooks - not your issue here - students must purchase the e-book through Perusall.

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    Helaine Marshall
    Professor of Education and Director, Language Teacher Education Programs
    LIU-Hudson
    USA
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  • 3.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 20-09-2020 12:37 PM
    similar to Perusall, you may want to look into ActivelyLearn. Like Perusall, it's not an app, but it does track reading minutes, provides many readings (similar to Newsela) to read from, but also gives the option for the teacher to put in any text they want. A pro and con is that it can have the reading read aloud to them, and has a built-in dictionary and translator. It also has the ability for students to highlight info and leave comments in the reading.

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    Charity Davenport
    Instructor
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    United States
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  • 4.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 21-09-2020 02:20 PM
    Thank you, Charity! I'm glad you pointed out ActivelyLearn. Will check it out! I appreciate the time you took to respond.

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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 5.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 21-09-2020 02:22 PM
    Thank you Helaine! (First week on this site. I hope I'm posting this to the right place.) Your reply is extremely helpful. I'll look into Perusall!

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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 6.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 19-09-2020 04:51 PM
    Aloha Andromeda

    You might want to take a look at the free MReader.org.  This extensive reading site contains quizzes for a large variety of graded readers, weich are not available as ebooks on the site. . The program allows teachers to track the number of books read, the level of the books, the results of the quizzes, and the number of words read.  Another site that has graded readers as ebooks is XReading.com a fee-based service. Sorry I don't know of any app that can track any kind of extensive reading.

    Best of luck with your projecct.

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    Christine Guro
    Assistant Director
    Hawaii English Language Program
    United States
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  • 7.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 21-09-2020 02:23 PM
    Thank you, Christine. Another great resource. Perfect for my background research before committing to certain app features!

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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 8.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 19-09-2020 05:31 PM
    Hello,
    As Christine mentioned, Xreading does some of what you describe. It is an online graded reader library service (with a large number of readers from several publishers) combined with an LMS for ER. It does track time spent on task on the readers and allows minimum and maximum reading speeds to be set (which helps prevent just flipping through to the end of a book quickly or just keeping a page open for a long time to appear to spend a lot of time on task, both things which students assigned to do ER will do when their focus is on getting credit rather than actual language improvement). It allows to set specific assignments for classes for periods from a week to the whole term, set ranges of reading material levels available, etc. It gives teachers information on books completed, books checked out but not completed, quiz scores (pretty simple quizzes, and teacher can set pass/fail mark), WPM reading rate, etc. I believe that it also allows students to get credit, somehow in coordination with Mreader quiz completion, for readers from outside the Xreading library. As far as I know, it doesn't track the time on task for those, and not other kinds of reading done as ER.
    Xreader does track a lot of data as well for books and word counts read and allows some similar functionality but does not provide the actual reading materials and therefore does not track time on task.
    I know various teachers who have used things like Google Forms or Sheets to set up online logs which have included time on task for their own classes or schools. These are self-reported, where the student has to input either start and end times for reading or daily total times.
    As might be obvious, all of these are at least partially focused on the teacher side, motivating and assessing ER required for language classes. Is that also what you are envisioning, or are you thinking about something that is more for self-motivated learners to track their own voluntary extensive reading (and maybe share it socially) similar to some of the fitness apps?

    Thomas E. Bieri
    Reading and Vocabulary IS Chair-Elect

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    Thomas E. Bieri
    Nanzan University, Japan
    Associate Member, Extensive Reading Foundation
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  • 9.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 19-09-2020 05:34 PM
    P.S. I meant to mention that you may want to join the RV-IS community and post your question there as well. There are lots of active ER practitioners there who might have other things to add to the discussion.
    Cheers, Thomas

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    Thomas E. Bieri
    Nanzan University, Japan
    Associate Member, Extensive Reading Foundation
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  • 10.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 21-09-2020 02:31 PM
    Excellent. Thank you!

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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 11.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 21-09-2020 02:30 PM
    Thank you for your thoughtful reply, Thomas! The specifics are very helpful. I am envisioning something that is more targeted to the independent, self-motivated adult learner, as you guessed. The comparison to fitness apps is very helpful. (After reading that part of your reply, I started digging into the research of fitness app efficacy or lack thereof, which I hadn't thought to do before. Thanks!) Based on preliminary research on which mainstream, non-educational apps are most successful, I am hoping to design something extremely simple, without many bells and whistles. Tracking one's own reading (by time or pages--most likely with emphasis on time) is cumbersome and step one is to make it easier. Step two is to encourage users--and teachers, I suppose--to view non-traditional reading (movie captions, TED talk captions, some social media) as ER, given that it can be easy to encourage that kind of reading outside the classroom. Step three is to look into those social motivational aspects, with possible sharing/ comparing/ easy ways to check one's progress against a standard goal or take one's present reading levels and see how long it would take at that rate, just for example.


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    Andromeda Romano-Lax
    Graduate Student
    Canada
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  • 12.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 27 days ago
    I haven't tried this with my students yet, but I've been using the Bookmory app to track my own (waning) reading habits.  You can upload the data from the book by scanning the ocr on the back of it.  Then it will tell you how many pages are in the book and ask you how long you want to spend reading it.  Then it breaks down the number of pages you will need to read per day.  I think it can be very useful in an extensive reading program.

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    Betty Soto
    Al Nahadha Compound Villa M8
    Saudi Arabia
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  • 13.  RE: EXTENSIVE READING APP? (For logging hours, time spent reading)

    Posted 26 days ago
    Hi Andromeda,

    Just to play devil's advocate, I'd be a little careful about the why for developing such an app. Those among us who are nerdy and like to track our progress might really enjoy such a thing, but many people find them demotivating, and they can also discourage students from pursuing reading for pleasure. This article by Larry Ferlazzo has some interesting insights on both sides, from those who oppose reading logs, and those who like them. I would imagine that any app should be very carefully developed with research-based pedagogy and motivation at the front of mind.

    That being said, sometimes it is important to ensure that students are doing reading. This is a bit different from what you're discussing, but I've been using Readlee to have students practice reading out loud. This serves several purposes, including a little bit of tracking, but mostly I like it as a way to kickstart their reading on longer assignments (in my case, having them read a few pages of a several chapter reading, and making the readlee assignment due 4-5 days before our discussion on the entire reading commences). It also includes some cool tracking features that you might find interesting or inspirational.

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    Brent Warner
    Co-Chair, English as a Second Language
    Irvine Valley College
    United States
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