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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Read2Go is a mobile reading app that pairs with Bookshare, an online library of more than 200,000 ebooks for readers who struggle with printed text. A Bookshare membership is free for those who qualify, and downloading Read2Go lets kids take their reading with them anywhere they bring their mobile device. Even prereaders can benefit, since they can follow along with picture books. Read2Go also can connect via Bluetooth to Braille readers.
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What’s It About?
Once a Bookshare membership is set up, kids select a book by browsing or searching. Then they download, open, and begin reading or listening with only a few touches. Searches return a synopsis for kids to read before downloading a full book. Turning pages is intuitive, and settings for font size, reading voice, and other specifications can be customized in preferences. Kids can place bookmarks, but the app automatically opens to where reading was previously stopped.
Is It Any Good?
READ2GO is one of the easiest ways to access the Bookshare library. The app has only one function -- as a mobile reader for Bookshare -- and it does it very well. Even the youngest readers will need very little instruction or support to start reading their selections from the vast library. Read-aloud voices do sound very computer-ish, but kids can choose a male or female voice. Books with images also are accessible with one extra tap. With Read2Go, kids can read the same books their peers are reading with the accommodations they need, delivered discreetly on the iPad.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the books kids are reading. Share what you liked about books you've read, too, or ask questions about the books they're reading. Which character do they connect with most? What do they think will happen next?
Help steer kids to their next reading adventures, or ask a teacher or librarian to help create a great to-read list for your kid.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, motivation, personal growth, working efficiently
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 2, 2013
- Category: Education
- Publisher: Benetech
- Version: 18.104.22.168
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: August 16, 2016
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