WriteReader Pro

Imagine an app that enables kids as young as three to write, illustrate, and publish their own stories for others to read. Perfect for schools, parents, and even grandparents, this learning tool, designed for tablets, is well worth the money.

Pre-K - 4th English Language Arts 16 Views 6 Downloads
App Overview

Getting Started:

  1. From the homepage bookshelf, tap the Intro Video book icon (The 1.17-minute video takes a few minutes to load)
  2. Tap the lowercase i button on the top-right of the page to view before, during, and after writing suggestions, and to access information about the research behind the app
  3. For directions on how to publish books, tap the globe icon and then the link to the publishing guide
  4. To add color to pages, click on the color selector, then drag and drop the color to a page
  5. Voice recordings may be added by tapping the microphone icon
  6. Pages may be edited by pressing the pencil icon or deleted by pressing the garbage can icon

Additional Features:

  • Illustrated directions for how to use each page may be accessed by tapping the question mark icon at the top-right of the page
  • The keyboard has an audio feature that lets kids hear the letter name or sound as they type; simply tap the sound key on the right side of the keyboard
  • To hear the sound of an entire word, tap the green sound icon
  • Users may add their own images to illustrate stories
  • Speech frames and/or thought bubbles may be added to each page
  • The order of pages may be changed by holding and dragging the page
  • Adults may add the correct "adult writing" for kids' text
  • Stories may be shared with family and friends and posted on social media
  • Books may be published privately so that they can only be viewed through a private link
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    Features are designed so that children may use the app after brief instruction

  • Worth the money

    Encourages both reading and writing

  • Fun factor

    Kids can add voiceovers and their own illustrations

  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety

    While there are many safeguards, social media icons are available

  • Control and feedback

    Parents and/or teachers can edit and give feedback

  • How techie do I need to be?
    Novice
Instructional Ideas

  • Try the free version first to see if the app meets your needs
  • Share books with parents willing to provide their e-mail information
Classroom Considerations

  • Although multiple safeguards are built into the app, users can access social media; therefore, parents and/or teachers should monitor users
  • Information about the research behind the app is available from the developer's website
  • Only persons 18 or over may help kids publish their books
  • To publish a book, adults must create a user profile, login, and sign up
  • Remember to obtain parent permission before publishing books in the app library
Pros

  • Writers can add as many pages as they want
  • Multiple books can be created on one device
Cons

  • A bit pricey but so worth the money