We’re excited to introduce a new LevelUp feature that enhances your classrooms’ learning experience: The Book Audio Control. This new setting in the My Classroom > Roster page offers a dynamic way to manage how students interact with our English and Spanish texts.

Sample My Classroom Settings page demonstrating where to make adjustments to the book audio feature.

What Is Book Audio Control?

The Book Audio Control is a column addition in the My Classroom > Roster page, allowing teachers to enable or disable the professionally recorded audio support accompanying our texts. This feature includes text highlighting, making it an immersive experience for students. When enabled, students can listen to the text and follow along, fostering better comprehension and engagement.

When Book Audio is set to “OFF,” the play button and book volume controls are disabled for the student. In addition, the student will be unable to click to hear words or sentences read aloud in the text. This option is suitable when a teacher believes a student would not benefit from LevelUp’s built-in audio support.

This setting does not impact the audio support available in lower-level comprehension quizzes.

Using LevelUp’s Audio Support

Introducing the Book Audio Control feature in LevelUp provides teachers with a flexible, powerful tool to enhance the reading experience for students. Here’s a more detailed look at when to use this audio support and when it might be better to turn it off.

When to Enable Book Audio

  • Supporting Diverse Learning Styles: Every student has a unique learning style. Audio support is especially beneficial for auditory learners who grasp content better when they hear it.
  • Assisting Students with Learning Disabilities: For students with dyslexia or other reading difficulties, audio support can be a game-changer, making texts more accessible and reducing frustration.
  • Enhancing Language Learning: For students learning English as a second language or those trying to master Spanish, hearing the text read aloud can significantly improve their language skills, including pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • Promoting Reading Comprehension: Younger students or those struggling with comprehension can benefit from hearing the text as they read. It helps them process information and understand the narrative or content better.
  • Engaging Reluctant Readers: Sometimes, a student’s reluctance to read stems from a lack of confidence. Audio support can help bridge this gap, making reading a more enjoyable and less daunting task.
  • Participating in Read-A-Loud Experiences: Enable it during group reading sessions to create a uniform pace and aid collective understanding.

When to Disable Book Audio

  • Building Reading Independence: As students become more proficient readers, it’s important to gradually reduce their reliance on audio support. This encourages them to develop their reading skills and fosters independence.
  • Encouraging Critical Thinking: For more advanced texts, especially those that require analysis, having students read without audio support can encourage deeper engagement with the text and promote critical thinking skills.
  • Avoiding Overreliance on Audio Cues: Some students might become overly reliant on audio support, hindering their ability to read silently or understand text without auditory cues. Disabling audio occasionally helps avoid this dependency.
  • Customizing Learning for Distraction-Prone Students: In cases where students are easily distracted by auditory elements, turning off the audio can help them focus better on the text.

These updates reflect our commitment to providing versatile and effective tools for educators. We aim to empower you to tailor the learning experience to each student’s needs by offering options like Book Audio Control. We believe these features will make your teaching experience more efficient and your students’ learning experience more engaging.