Top product: Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams

An innovative, free way to help with reading fluency which, according to a Stanford study, has been down 30% during the pandemic.

District Administration® and FETC®’s Top Ed Tech Products of the Year contest spotlights the most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping school leaders meet the ever-evolving education technology needs of their districts and schools.

A panel of experts chose 15 winners from more than 130 submissions, all of which will be featured during the in-person Future of Education Technology Conference® Jan. 26-28 in Orlando.

Click here for more information and to register for FETC 2022. 

Here’s a look at one of the Top Ed Tech Products of 2022:

Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams

Reading Progress in Microsoft Teams

What it is: Reading Progress in Teams is a free tool that allows educators to assign reading fluency passages that students can independently record themselves reading out loud. Educators can review the audio and video with AI-assisted help on reading accuracy and speed, and gather insights automatically on student progress. Reading Progress works on all platforms and devices, including PC, Mac, web, iOS and Android.

Why we like it: Improving reading fluency is very time-consuming for teachers and requires 1-on-1 assistance to students. This free tool is a game-changer as the students read and record themselves and get AI-assisted feedback individually. This is like having a teacher sitting with the student making corrections and suggestions to each student individually in real-time. The teacher dashboard is a great tool to provide teachers feedback about the most common errors so they can make whole group corrections and target specific issues. We think it’s great that it works on all platforms, and it’s free. Research demonstrates evidence of student growth.

As always, we encourage you to perform your own due diligence before making any investments.

See the full list of winners here.

Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss
Eric is the executive editor of District Administration magazine. He has worked as a journalist at newspapers and in television.

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