Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Audio Readings - K-12 - free download

I saw this resource highlighted on the Apple Website and immediately bookmarked the site so that I could go back when I needed it. University of South Florida has complied audio recordings of stories, poems, fairytales, textbooks, lectures and more for grade levels K-12 (and in spanish too!) that you can download from free. Use them with your computer or your ipod or other mp3 device.

Two places you can could go and both offer different sorting capabilities:

Direct to iTunes - has the different grade levels in separate tabs: need to brush up on your nursey rhymes? look under K, some of Aesop's Fables are under Grade 4, and under the Grade 12 you have Aristoltle's Physics.

Lit2Go - If you go to this site you can search by author and title, plus you can download a pdf of the reading passage. I also noticed that there was some support material giving suggetions for how to use the document in a class.

I read through the FAQs and saw these two interesting points:

Reading levels are determined by Microsoft Word and then verified by classroom teachers.

According to Microsoft Word Help:
The formula for Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is:
(.39 x ASL) + (11.8 x ASW) - 15.59
ASL = average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences)
ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words)
Copyright - you may use up to 25 mp3 and/or text files for education purposes with appropriate credit.

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