This post is mostly going to appeal to my fellow teachers. I recently started using a new online reading log from the company Learn2Earn called Whooo's Reading. My sixth graders love it! Basically, it allows them to record their independent reading time and answer questions about the books they read. But, the part they love, is that they earn coins that can be used to purchase accessories for their owl avatars. It's also a safe social network. Students earn those coins for reading and answering questions, but also for liking and commenting on the activity of others. It's also a good way for students to get book ideas by seeing what their friends are reading.
From the teacher perspective, it is very easy to use. I have 73 students and didn't really like the idea of individually creating an account for each of them. So, I contacted the company and they quickly uploaded the information from a CSV file for me. You can sort students into classes and analyze their information quickly with a couple of different options for viewing data. You can view by student and by class. I can also leave public or private comments for the students and score their answers. But, the best part for me is that I can customize the questions. There are many questions that are pre-loaded. But, I can also customize them myself. So, I made a question for each of the new common core standards and put them into either a literature or informational text category. Now, when students go to answer a question, they always have an option of either literature or informational. They can refresh the questions to get to the one that they want to answer. So, you can use the premade questions, create your own, or do a combination. It was very easy to hide the ones I didn't want to use and create my own.
Plus, it's FREE! Yes, there are some added options if you want to pay $5 a month, which is pretty cheap. I have a free account and have been able to use everything I want to so far. There are also easy ways to earn a free month. I may pay in the future. But, right now, I have access to all of the essential things I need to keep track of my students' reading time and comprehension questions. But, I admit that being able to have more fun things for my owl avatar is an enticing idea. If you're interested in using Whooo's Reading, click here to get started!
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Elizabeth Woodrum is the author of the children's book series, The Maisy Files. She is also a full-time teacher and creator of teaching materials that can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This blog is a mix of teaching and author topics.