Read Aloud has a number of settings. In most cases the default settings will be fine. Some defaults can be set in the Read Aloud plugin's admin settings. In each activity however they can be overridden by the activity creator.The main settings are explained here:


This is the passage that student will read. It should not contain any html formatting (size, color etc) or images. In general the passage should be longer than the student can read in the allotted time. This allows you to get a meaningful WPM score for each student.

Welcome Message

This is the text that will be displayed during the mic test and reading phase of the activity. It appears at the top of the page. The default welcome message can be set in the activity admin settings.

Feedback Message

This will be displayed after the student has finished reading just beneath the title of the activity. I

Target WPM

If you are generating a gradebook entry from the student's reading, this number is important. If they reach the target WPM they will be graded 100% and for lower scores will be receive a percentage grade calculated as:  

(WPM / Target WPM) x 100.

Enable AI

For the auto evaluation features to work AI must be enabled. There is more information on settings related to grading here: Read Aloud Grading

Line Trancriber and Passage Transcriber

These settings are used for line by line reading in "Practice" mode and full passage reading in "Shadow" and "Read" modes. More information on these is available here: Speech Transcription in Poodll ReadAloud

Other Settings

Time Limit

Mins : Secs of reading time

Usually the student has 1 minute to read and the passage is longer than any student can finish.

AWS Region

  • US East

  • Tokyo, Japan

  • Sydney, Australia

  • Dublin, Ireland

  • Ottawa, Canada

  • Frankfurt, Germany

  • London, UK

  • Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Singapore

  • Mumbai, India

  • Bahrain

  • Capetown, South Africa

Which AWS region to use to store and process recordings. 

Days to keep file


The number of days to keep the students recording on AWS

Post Attempt.
Evaluation display

  • Passage only

  • Passage and scores only

  • Passage scores and errors

What to show students on the review page, after they have attempted and received a machine or human evaluation. 

Post Attempt

Link to next activity

(optional) a link to an activity the student should proceed to after this.

This allows a teacher to follow up a Read Aloud activity with a related task, such as a comprehension quiz.