We had a special opportunity yesterday to meet with Tyler Borek, creator of Literably. What is Literably? Literably is a classroom tool that helps elementary teachers monitor students’ progress in reading. The site administers and scores oral reading assessments (with a comprehension check), so teachers can spend less time assessing and more time teaching.
The 2nd and 3rd grade span has been working closely with Literably for the last two years. From in-person to video conferences to emails, our relationship is mutually beneficial. Yesterday we had a lunch meeting with Tyler. We learned that La Mesa-Spring Valley and Mountain View schools are using Literably district wide (Wow!). We also had a chance to ask questions and give suggestions for site improvement.
Tyler stayed after lunch to meet with students. My homeroom students had a question/answer opportunity. "What inspired you to create Literably?" "Who helped you create Literably?" "How did you come up with the name?" "Was it hard to rewrite the code for iOS?"
After questions, the students gave Tyler suggestions to improve Literably.
- More variety with passages
- More comprehension questions
- Instant feedback after answering comprehension questions
After our chat, Tyler stayed to see the students as they completed their weekly Literably recordings. When they came to me with Literably questions, as they sometimes do, I happily directed them to ask Tyler for help :)
What a small moment filled with awesome memories for all involved! Tyler Borek is an inspiration, an innovator, a mentor, and a friend to us at Design39Campus.