Appy Classrooms {Literably: Automated Running Records}

This app is "literably" the most amazing resource for running records EVER!

App Name: Literably
Here's what you'll be looking for in the app store.  It's FREE!

What is it?
This app is pretty much a teacher's dream when it comes to running records.  It was designed to do ALL of the work for you so that you are not taken away from instructional time to benchmark!  Can I get a hallelujah?!

How do I get started?

You will need to register and insert all of your students' names on the Literably website.  It takes 2 minutes...literably. (See what I did there?!)
Simply enter your email.  I used my school email.  You'll want to use whatever email you want your students' results sent to.  

Then, you'll create a username - pick one that your students will remember.  I used my last name and our room number.  They will enter this when they login.  Create a password that is just for you.

Next, enter your students' names.  I entered first names only.  Easy peasy!

It is important to note that the teacher dashboard can only be accessed online (not using the app).  Here's a peek at my dashboard.

You select the level (A to Z) to assess students on and then if you'd like to assess using a fiction or nonfiction text. 

How does it work?

Once students open the app, they will enter your username.  Then student names will appear and they'll choose their own name.  Then, a story will pop up for them to read.

When students are ready to begin, they'll click the "start" button at the top.  The app will record them reading it.  The default is set to record for 1 minute (though, you can change this in your settings).  After one minute, a pop-up will appear.  Students will hit "continue" to keep reading the story in their heads.

At the end of the text, students will click the "comprehension" button in the top left corner.

Five comprehension questions will follow.  Students can click the speaker icons to have the questions and answers read to them.

At the end of the five questions, a summary page will appear asking students to tell about the passage they just read.

When ready, they will hit "record response" and again they are recorded speaking.  At the end, they simply select "log out" to finish.

What happens next?

Next, is when the REAL magic happens.  Once scored (usually a couple of hours later), you will receive an email letting you know the student's record is ready. You can click on the link in the email or head back to the website to view your dashboard.  What awaits is simply AMAZING!
The app not only sends you the ACTUAL RECORDING of the student reading and summarizing the story so you can go back and listen to the reading, but it sends you the actual running record....COMPLETED!  That's right, the text with all of the markups, the errors analyzed, the accuracy rate, the fluency rate, the self-corrections....everything.  Done FOR you. Is that singing I hear?!

The above record is one I did as a "demo student" to really test out the app.  It was incredible.  It marked the text up JUST as I read it.  Absolutely amazing!

Important to Know:
While the app is free to download, you are limited to 10 students per month.  If you want to test more than that, you need to inquire with them about pricing.  Pricing depends on the number of students who will be using it and the frequency of which it will be used.  However, with 10 FREE students per month, what an amazing resource to track those students who need it most!
I hope you'll check out this app and let me know if you are as impressed as me!  I'll be back soon with another app to make your classroom an #appyclassroom!


  1. This is so amazing! These are the times I LOVE TECHNOLOGY no matter what a pain it can be. This is like magic to me! Thank you for sharing!

  2. OMG that is me jumping up and down and flapping my hands like crazy!!! This is quite the find! Too good to be true? Please, please, please don't wake me up if I'm dreaming!

  3. AMAZING!!! I teach spec ed and have to do soooo much documentation. This will help tremendously. Can't wait to try it! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. I was super excited until I realized they don't have an android app!!!! Dang it!

    1. Hi Amanda! Literably is an iPad app and a web app. I am not positive, but the web app *may* work on your android. If you have any trouble, you can email me at thanks!

  5. Do you know if the reading levels correlate to Fountas and Pinnel levels?

  6. Hi Robin! This is Tyler from Literably. Yes, the reading levels should correlate. We use excerpts from books that have been officially leveled by F&P. :)

  7. Thank you SO much Amanda for the amazing post!!!

  8. Can't wait to try this out with my kiddos! :) Thank you so much for sharing!

    Not Just Child's Play

  9. That's an amazing post, good to see.

  10. Wow, it's just amazing! Thank you for such detailed and interesting guide. I definitely would try to implement your method with my students. At least, while they are writing a case study analysis here I would not be able to check it so I guess that plagiarism checker and grammar checker will be a perfect addition to this tool.

  11. Great app, just know that you can only record 1 min even though it says you can choose 1 min or the entire selection. I chose the entire selection for my kindergarten students, because at the lower levels I think they need to read longer because it make take them longer to sound out words, but Tyler said they only record for one minute no matter what you select. It is still a great app, especially once they get past the C level.

  12. I tried it out and it was really amazing. But we are required to test all of our students twice per month and I think the way we test them should be consistent-the only real way to compare data. That would cost $180 which would come out of my pocket. So I was really disappointed that I wouldn't be able to use this one. :(

  13. I can't wait to try out literably! Thanks for sharing!


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