The Read Seed teacher dashboard has been designed to help you extract the most important data about the reading performance of your students quickly and easily. The following guide introduces the essential features and shows you how to make the most of this useful tool.
Both teachers and students will enter Read Seed via the link on the course page of their learning management system (Moodle, Canvas, Schoology, etc.). Upon arriving, you will see either:
- summary statistics of your student's reading activity
- or a message inviting you to create a class to start tracking students
If the Add class button is visible, or if you wish to assign additional members to your class, please refer to this document.
The summary statistics area displays basic information about the students in your Read Seed class(es) including: total number of readings completed, average words per minute (WPM), average accuracy, and average quiz score. At the top of the area you will find tabs for each of the available courses. The the class currently being displayed will appears dark blue. Simply click on a tab to view it. The summary statistics area also contains buttons to access class reports as well as add or remove members from the class.
Beneath the summary statistics area is the class summary. This appears as a table listing the members of your class along with information relating to their last reading. A full history of a student's performance can be accessed by clicking the Reports button on the right side of the screen. Next to Reports is the Grade button, which, when clicked, will take you to the grading page of the student's most recent attempt.
To view a detailed report of a particular student, click the Reports button on the right side of the class summary. This will bring up summary statistics for the student as well as a number of charts showing WPM, Accuracy and Quiz scores for all completed readings. These charts will allow you to see the progress of your students throughout the time they've been using Read Seed.
The image above shows the WPM chart for a student. At the top of the chart beneath the title are the Fall, Winter, and Spring benchmarks. These values are also represented by dotted horizontal lines on the chart itself. Hovering your mouse above any of the data points will show the precise WPM score for that reading.
The above chart shows the Accuracy scores for a student across all the readings completed so far. The individual data points for the readings are color-coded. Green indicates acceptable accuracy levels while yellow and red indicate low accuracy scores that may warrant further investigation. It's important to remember that AI auto-grading often results in lower accuracy scores than those obtained by human graders.
The final chart shows the Quiz scores for a student. As with Accuracy, the individual data points for the Quiz are color-coded. Green indicates an acceptable score while yellow and red indicate that the student is struggling with comprehension.
At the bottom of the individual reports screen is an attempts history for the student. This history shows all of the Read Seed tasks the student has completed, beginning with the most recent. In addition to the date, the history also shows WPM, Quiz, and Accuracy scores as well as whether the attempt was graded automatically (AI) or manually (Human). The Grade button on the right takes you to the grading page for the particular attempt.
Class reports provide a quick overview of the average WPM, Accuracy and Quiz values for the students in the class as well as the most recent attempt. Class reports can be accessed from two locations.
The first is from the summary statistics area you see when entering the Read Seed course.
The second is from the summary area of the individual reports screen.
Clicking either of these buttons will take you to a series of charts that provide data on the average of all attempts as well as the most recent attempt made by the students. Below are the charts for WPM, Accuracy and Quiz. In each case, the brown diamond-shaped icon represents the most recent attempt, while the colored bar represents the average of all attempts.
Notice the dotted lines on the WPM chart indicating Fall, Winter, and Spring benchmarks.
The bars representing the average Accuracy for each student are color-coded. Very low accuracy scores often indicate high levels of background noise or a problem with the recording equipment.
Low average Quiz scores indicate issues with comprehension.
How to Make the Best Use of the Teacher's Dashboard:
The Teacher's Dashboard is most useful when visited regularly. Each time students do a Read Seed activity, it's good practice to take a moment to check up on how they are doing. In most cases, a glance at the most recent WPM scores will tell you what you need to pay attention to. Students near or above the relevant benchmark probably require no further investigation.
Low words per minute scores can be quickly checked by clicking the Grade button and listening to the attempt. For students whose reading performance is consistently poor, you may wish to manually score their attempts or conduct a running record.
Manual grading is usually limited to exceptional circumstances in which the student requires close monitoring of his or her reading progress.