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Darwin Reader

By Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Versatile audio reader requires Bookshare for full value.

App Android Paid Education
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For kids with visual or print disabilities, this app is a win, especially with a valid Benetech Bookshare account. Once kids are in a book, it's easy to use, simple to navigate, change settings, and listen to books. However, without access to Benetech Bookshare, kids may not be able to access the same books their peers are reading, which may not promote a love of learning that struggling readers need to propel their reading growth.

One of the best features of Darwin Reader is the way it highlights full sentences in addition to the individual word as it reads, which promotes good reading habits, such as tracking, for kids with print disabilities such as dyslexia. The audio quality is computerized, but users have so much control over reading settings that it reads better than other computerized voices available to date.

App Details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : reading, reading comprehension
  • Skills: Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 15, 2014
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: VoccaLight
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Varies with device
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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