Read To Kids

Common Sense Media says

Audiobook recorder is easy and organized but static.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to record and play back recordings. Full instructions are explained in a 14-step tutorial. Tap "Listen" on the main page to listen, or find recordings on your iTunes once you sync your device. The app also gives the option to tweet others when you've recorded a story.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The developer's logo appears across the bottom of the main screen. Other than that, no ads or in-app purchases.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Read To Kids is a voice recording app, mainly for adults who want to record themselves reading a book for their kids or for kids to practice reading and speaking skills. The app inserts beeps to indicate when a page should be turned, provides options for the length of silence for page turning, and records book information. The screen doesn't change, nor is there any way to insert an image of the book cover or photo of the reader. Read To Kids is essentially a basic voice recorder with a page-turning notification feature.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking
  • storytelling

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection

Communication

  • speaking
  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • speaking
  • storytelling

Skills

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection

Communication

  • speaking
  • listening

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Depending on whether someone else records the story or kids record the story themselves, kids can learn communication skills such as listening attentively and speaking clearly into a recording device. If kids are reading and recording the story themselves, they can listen to their own recording and reflect upon their speaking and storytelling skills: Am I speaking clearly and articulating? Am I using different voice tones for different characters and emotions? Read To Kids provides a way for kids to connect with reading, but the learning is limited by the app's bare-bones design.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

READ TO KIDS is very easy to use to record and play back recordings. There are only three choices on the main page: Record, Listen, and Instructions (which includes a 14-point tutorial). Users can log the name of the book, ISBN number, and the name of the reader. They can also set the tone that listeners hear for the page-turning notification, and set how much time is given between pages for turning time. Recordings can be emailed and also stored on iTunes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The voice recording and book cataloging features on Read To Kids are very easy to use and can be beneficial to parents and kids in many situations. But this app really needs to include visual elements in future versions. Currently, the screen remains static -- listing the title, narrator, and ISBN number on a plain, brown background -- as a kid listens to the recording and presumably looks at the hard copy version of the book being read. Even though Read To Kids mirrors a book on tape format, it is an app, and kids expect at least some minimally interesting visual elements. Something as simple as a photo of the narrator or of the cover of the book would help interest kids and hold their attention, especially if the book being read is not available to look at while they listen.

Families can talk about...

  • Ask your kids if the page-turning settings (time and tone) are set the way that's comfortable for them.

  • If your kids can't yet read independently but want to record a story, take turns reading pages or parts and record it together.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:July 12, 2012
Category:Entertainment
Size:15.60 MB
Publisher:Bees Nest Studios, LLC.
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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