Snap&Read Universal

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Free tool converts text to speech, has digital voice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to explore content on the internet through websites that they might not be able to do on their own, especially if they have difficulty learning to read or have difficulty remembering details as they read. Using included graphic organizers and outline tools, children can use the app to learn to take notes on what they are reading and researching, which can be used for studying and report writing. 

Ease of Play

Adults will need to upload website content and worksheets, as well as configure settings, to customize the user experience for children. 

Violence & Scariness

Uploaded content is based on the user, so it may contain violence.

Sexy Stuff

Uploaded content is based on the user, so it may contain sexual content.


Uploaded content is based on the user and may contain inappropriate language.


Uploaded content is based on the user and may contain ads. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Uploaded content is based on the user, so it may contain references to drinking, drugs and smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snap&Read Universal is a helpful educational app that reads text from internet websites or photos of printed text out loud. Some additional features include simultaneous highlighting, graphic organizers and note-taking help, and help with difficult words. It can help those who have difficulty with reading and comprehension learn from and engage with written information on the internet. Users can adjust the voice, speed, and text complexity. Voices that read the text within the app can sound robotic and take time to get used to. Parents and teachers may need to assist elementary school-age children with searching for and navigating to content prior to uploading it into the app. The app does not identify inappropriate content or words, so parents and educators will need to monitor use to prevent access to inappropriate language or subject matter. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In SNAP&READ UNIVERSAL, users upload content into the app from websites or photos of worksheets. Once the content is uploaded into the app and you tap on the text, the words are read aloud and simultaneously highlighted. Dynamic text leveling changes challenging words of the text to help kids understand it more easily. A built-in online tool with access to 60+ more options of outlines and graphic organizers prompts users to take notes and write down additional information used for reports and studying. It can take more than five steps to upload content into the app for use, which might be difficult for kids.

Is it any good?

This reading tool provides users with the ability to hear spoken text out loud and has some solid features, but the digital voice and tricky setup make it less appealing for young kids. The features of Snap&Read Universal offer kids who have trouble reading the ability to explore websites, read new stories, and complete research for projects more independently. The voices that read the text, even though they can be customized, can sound robotic, which might put off some kids. The toolbar may be challenging for kids to navigate. Also, when you want to select only specific sections of text to be read, drawing the text box to include that text takes practice and coordination, even for adults. Ultimately, this app could be a worthy option to help kids with learning and attention issues read more independently -- and it's free!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Snap&Read Universal could benefit their ability to read books and learn new information by listening to words spoken aloud, especially if they have difficulty with reading and comprehension.

  • Discuss the acceptable websites and ebooks that could be used in conjunction with this app. Where are good places to use for searches and research?

  • Talk about how kids can be more independent in following directions by taking the initiative to use the app to listen to the instructions on homework worksheets rather than relying on asking an adult.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary
  • Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 8, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 88.20 MB
  • Publisher: Don Johnston Incorporated
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: February 12, 2019

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