I’m a devotee of all things google, but sometimes it does scare me just how on they can be. Whether they’re anticipating or creating a need, they seem to be almost prescient in their ability to create cool applications. Once again they come through, but this time on the literacy front. Free Technology for Teachers (great blog, by the way) recently posted that google docs will assign a reading level to any document opened in the application. All you have to do is use the “Word Count” tool and the results provide three different gauges of reading level (Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and Automated Readability Index).
While Free Technology for Teachers envisions it as a way to gauge the readibility of handouts and letters to parents or students, I see a few other possibilities:
- In my literacy work, I struggle to come up with differentiated passages for students . Now, I can easily create and rate a passage, tinkering with it to create several different versions.
- Another possibility would be to use it for leveling books by typing in sample passages from a book then checking where the sample falls on the scale.
- A fellow teacher suggested using it for a snapshot of student writing assessment, just to quickly gauge where students are with word choice and syntax.
Anyone have other ideas?