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MindPlay Goes Mobile With New Online Reading Fluency Trainer

Posted Apr 15, 2014
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MindPlay has announced a new reading fluency with comprehension program for K-12 schools, FLRT - a fluent reading trainer. This personal trainer for silent reading has been updated for text complexity and to include comprehension, now at the heart of Common Core State Standards. Stories are certified by MetaMetrics to meet Common Core text complexity and Lexile reading level requirements.

MindPlay’s FLRT is designed to help students measurably improve their reading level and speed after using the program for at least 10 hours by differentiating practice for each student and enabling them to work at their own pace. This new version is fully mobile and now enables educators and students to use FLRT on any computer with an internet connection, as well as on iPads and other tablets.

Earlier versions of FLRT were proven by research and best practices at schools to improve students’ reading performance by grade levels. FLRT automates the process of providing students with differentiated practice that targets their specific skills and helps them improve to become fluent readers. It also significantly extends the amount of time that students can spend on their silent reading.

FLRT is intended for students who are reading at or above grade level with good phonics skills. It accelerates their reading fluency in preparation for the higher demands of the Common Core State Standards and state tests that now focus on higher levels of reading complexity. Its goal is to take students from where they are now up to 400 or more words per minute with accuracy before they graduate high school. This is the current expectation for college-bound students. The program features over 1,000 narrative or expository stories. Each story can be read in six minutes or less. The story library includes authentic literature and 100 public domain classics that were edited to be grade-level appropriate.

FLRT consists of four self-paced practice activities: Effective Eye Movement, Single-Line Reading, Multi-Line Reading, and Word Match.

The engaging practice activities in FLRT help students stay focused and accelerate their progress. In the Multi-Line Reading, text genre is selected randomly between expository and narrative. Grade level equivalencies and Lexile measures for all stories are reported. Twenty different types of comprehension questions are asked at each level. The library contains content-rich authentic stories.

FLRT is available now. For information and ordering, schools and districts can visit MindPlay at mindplay.com, or education resellers. The program includes 24-hour access for students within a school district from any computer or tablet with Internet access. The price is by single-user or number of students, starting at $34 per student for an annual subscription.

Source: MindPlay, Inc., mindplay.com


 
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