A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WriteReader Pro is a research-backed writing tool that lets kids write their own stories in their own words. Parents then can translate kids' writing using proper spelling and conventions. Books can be shared, printed, or published, with a parent's permission and assistance, using the in-app library. There is a parent gate (two-digit math problem), but parents may want to monitor since icons for social media are there to tap. Kids also can read other kids' writing that has been published in the library. The developer's website includes the research supporting this form of writing practice as well as tips for developing kids' writing skills, both within the app and outside it. As of 2016, this version won't be available and will be replaced with this version and a website. It's available in several languages, including Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian.
What's it about?
WRITEREADER PRO is designed for kids learning to write and read. To create their own books, kids tap the plus sign to add a new book and then give their book a title and author and add a cover image. They can then add text, voice narration, thought or speech bubbles, and images to each page of the book -- up to 40 pages. Parents then can add a comment or write a "translation" of the kid's writing in a separate field, using proper spelling and conventions, so kids can see and learn and practice reading. Kids can tap the speech icon to have parent's comments read aloud.
Is it any good?
The features included -- feedback from parents, the opportunity to publish, the ability to customize with pictures and speech bubbles -- make writing fun for kids, which is exactly what encourages kids to write. The more they write, the better they write; the more they read, the better they read. WriteReader Pro ties writing and reading together, letting kids write original texts, read other's writing, and reread their own writing, mirrored by the correctly spelled and assembled adult version. The keyboard is customizable, too, letting kids see the letters in caps or lowercase and hear audio of letter names or letter sounds as they type. Best of all, though, are the ideas for parents included on the website.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, writing
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (Free version is available for kids to try out writing one book.)
- Release date: March 3, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 24.60 MB
- Publisher: WriteReader Aps
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
For kids who love storytelling and digital creation
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