Parents' Guide to


By Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Content-specific assistive keyboard has high price tag.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try, Paid Education
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The specialty dictionaries and read-aloud feature may make word prediction easier for some kids, but it doesn't always offer the right words. This is especially true of words that have multiple suffix endings (such as "-ing," "-ed," or "-es"). The read-aloud tools alone in Co:Writer can be game changers for many reluctant readers and writers. As kids type, the read-aloud feature will vocalize by word, sentence, or paragraph, depending on user settings. Although some words aren't always predicted appropriately (see screenshot for example), kids can have the app read the words aloud to find their errors. Though the high cost and inaccurate suggestions make this an imperfect tool, it's a solid resource for kids who get caught up in spelling errors or finding the right word when writing.

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