Read Aloud Introduction 


Read Aloud is a reading practice, assessment, and progress monitoring tool that provides words per minute (WPM) and accuracy scores based on a student's reading of a passage. The current version is HTML5 and it will work on most devices and browsers (with the exception of IE). 

The traditional paper-based version of this activity requires the teacher to work with each student individually, timing and marking the score sheet in real time. 

Read Aloud enables the teacher to conduct reading assessments for an entire class simultaneously, while the new auto-grading feature takes care of scoring. Teachers receive rich, actionable data while saving countless hours of of time on administration and grading. Read Aloud also enables reading assessments to be collected outside of class, or remotely. 

Video Overview

If you have not already done so, please watch the video to see an overview of how Read Aloud works.

Minimum Requirements

  • Moodle 3.2

  • Site running HTTPS

  • Internet access

  • Browser which supports HTML5 audio recording(all mainstream browsers)

Students: How to use Poodll Read Aloud

Prior to reading, students are presented with instructions for the task as well as a recorder to test the microphone. The instructions can be configured by the teacher. 


Students press the “Test Microphone” button and say a few words. When the recorder has detected speech, it will switch to “Start Activity” mode.

When the “Start Activity” button is pressed, the passage will appear and students should begin to read aloud. 

When time limit is reached (default 1 minute) recording will stop and the audio will be submitted for review.

Post - Recording

After the attempt has been evaluated (human or machine), students can listen to their reading, see their scores, and review the passage. Teachers have the option to show only the passage or the passage with student errors indicated as in the picture below. There is also the option to allow multiple attempts on the passage.

Teacher: How to use Read Aloud

The student’s reading can be human evaluated and/or it can be machine evaluated.

What those tabs mean

The teacher sees an interface that looks like this. 


The view tab is basically what the student sees. The teacher can attempt/reattempt/see their own results here.


The grading tab lists each user’s most recent attempt, and their most recent evaluation. The graded by column indicates if that grade was AI or human generated. The “regrade” link and “grade now” button take the teacher to the grading page for that attempt.


Alternates admin

 Read aloud also has error mitigation features designed to correct/reduce the incidence of “false negatives.” False negatives are words the student said correctly, but which machine evaluation marks as incorrect. The alternatives admin page allows you set alternatives "correct" transcriptions and apply those to existing readings. More explanation is here:

The Attempt Grading page

The attempt grading page is reached by clicking “Grade Now” or “Regrade” on the grading page. Or by tapping the “Grade this Attempt” button on the “Attempt Machine Evaluation” page. Human evaluated attempts can be added to the gradebook. However even if using machine evaluations for gradebook, human evaluations are useful. The difference between human and machine evaluations of the same passage are used to build the error estimate used in the machine evaluated adjusted scores.

The attempt grading page looks like this:

If machine evaluations are enabled the machine evaluated results will be preloaded. Otherwise no words will be marked up. Tapping a space will set the end marker to that word. Tapping a word will toggle it’s error state.

End marker

Words in error state

The buttons beneath the passage allow the teacher to toggle the grading modes.

Grading Mode

Grading mode allows the user to freely toggle word error states and set the end word marker while playing back the student’s audio.

Spot Check Mode

In Spotcheck mode, tapping an error word plays back the audio for that word and allows teacher to spot grade that word 

Transcript Mode

In Transcript mode tapping an error word shows how the AI transcribed it, and therefore why it is an error. It is useful for building alternatives for a passage.