We're very excited to tell you that Whooo's Reading will be entirely FREE for the '23-'24 school year! All premium features will be available free of charge.
This is a strategic decision that will allow our team to spend more time on developing our technology, with a special focus on the writing aspects of the program.
We understand this is really big news and that you might have some questions about using Whooo's Reading as a result. Below is some information about different portions of the program you may have questions about.
What can I expect from Whooo's Reading going forward?
All teachers, admins, and students will have the full suite of Gold features available to them. This is true for individual teachers, groups of teachers, whole schools, and districts using Whooo's Reading.
Rostering- Teachers will roster their classes by syncing with either Google Classroom or Clever Library, or by uploading a roster manually. Here are full instructions on how to add students. We will continue to support Clever Secure Sync for districts that already use it with Whooo's Reading, but we will not be offering it as a rostering method going forward. Clever Library will still be supported.
Autograder- The autograder features will be available to everyone, and will function the same way they always have. You may notice improvements as we work on sharpening the autograder technology.
Reading Level Diagnostic tool- Teachers and schools who have already paid for the RLD add-on will continue to have access to the Reading Level Diagnostic Tool until the end of their license, but we will no longer be offering the RLD features going forward.
Support- Anyone who is still on a paid license will receive the same level of dedicated support from their Customer Success specialist, as in years past. Since we will be focusing more of our efforts on the product itself, support will otherwise be limited compared to previous years. Responses may be less prompt, but we will still strive to resolve queries as soon as we can. We will be giving admins more control over managing teacher and student accounts to aid this change.
School Accounts- Admins can request a free school administrator account here, from which an admin can send activation codes to teachers and monitor teacher and classroom data. Having a school account will keep multiple teachers linked to the same school organization within the program, and give admins access to all classes. Here's how to set up your school.
Onboarding and Training- Schools that have already paid for Whooo's Reading can expect the full onboarding experience with their Customer Success specialist, as in years past. For schools who will be using Whooo's Reading for free this year, we have a pre-recorded PD training video, along with a set-up guide, and multiple short how-to videos to get you started, all in our self-guided training resources.
We hope that these recent changes make Whooo's Reading more accessible for all, and we look forward to what this year will bring!