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Solid text-to-speech tool supports struggling readers. Any text can easily be imported, read, and highlighted as well as copied and pasted to another program. An affordable, versatile tool that supports independence for kids with reading difficulties.

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Kids 9–14 can apply to become part of this site's 50-kid press corps and learn about journalism first-hand, creating articles, video news reports, and blogs on current news and entertainment or writing book and movie reviews.

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Faced with puzzles, players must write in the objects they wish to use, with lots of leeway as to where things can go. (The game has a vocabulary of thousands of words.) Encourages and rewards players for using their imaginations.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows app, Windows Phone
Scribblenauts Unlimited Game Poster Image
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Vocabulary-exercise adventure game encourages kids to use their imaginations to conjure up whatever might be needed to solve a particular problem for the star, a young boy with a magical notebook who's on a mission to help everyone he can.

Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U
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Great spelling study tool offers options for various learning styles. Kids create their own lists and record each word and a clue phrase to be spoken back in their own voice during the app's spelling test. Tremendously useful.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

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Help Your Child at Home

  • Discuss your family's history and stories. Brainstorm ways to use technology to capture the story effectively, and help your child create a presentation, song, poem, or essay that expresses the story's tone and main ideas.
  • Do simple math to accomplish a task: If you're building a box, how much wood will you need for the sides? Measure the length, width, and height of the box. How would you figure out the volume of water it would hold?
  • Start to talk with your child about bullying, including cyberbullying. Even though social media may be years away, plant the seeds now for helping kids understand appropriate interactions, and let kids know they can talk to you about it.