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The Digital Reader’s Notebook

We love hearing about the new and creative ways that teachers find to use Kaizena. The latest one comes from Jeff, a 4th grade and special education teacher from our hometown, Kitchener-Waterloo!

Jeff uses Kaizena to help students create a ‘digital reader’s notebook’, a place where students can practice their reading out loud skills and track their comprehension of the material. Here’s how he does it:

First, the class is split into 4 groups.

Groups 1 & 2: Quiet reading time.

Group 3: Uses Google Docs to create a summary of the material read. This doc is then shared with Jeff through Kaizena for feedback. This is a quick way for him to view students’ reading comprehension and see if they are understanding the underlying themes, theories and concepts.

Group 4: Uses the voice comments feature on Kaizena to record a clip of themselves reading aloud. By hearing how they sound, students can focus on their reading fluency - their speed, expression, and overall smoothness. Plus, this keeps a virtual record of their progress throughout the term!

Let us know how you use Kaizena in your classroom by tweeting us @KaizenaHQ!

Shirley Luu
With a background in marketing and communications, Shirley is Kaizena's Community Manager. When she's not lurking #EdChats or expanding Kaizena's PLN, you can find her sweating it out at a barre class 👯‍♀️
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