BeeLine Reader

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Simple color gradient may increase reading efficiency.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to read more fluently by using Beeline Reader which can also improve comprehension. There are a few studies that indicate that it can increase fluency and the inclination to read more than without the gradient.

Violence

This tool does not filter content and will not restrict access from websites with violent content. Parents should help younger users navigate the internet while using BeeLine Reader. 

Sex

This tool does not filter content and will not restrict access from websites with sexual content. Parents should help younger users navigate the internet while using BeeLine Reader. 

Language

This tool does not filter content and will not restrict access from websites with vulgar or provocative language. Parents should help younger users navigate the internet while using BeeLine Reader. 

Consumerism

Functionality is free, and apps offer premium features for in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

This tool does not filter content and will not restrict access from websites that promote substance use. Parents should help younger users navigate the internet while using BeeLine Reader. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BeeLine Reader is a web browser extension and that promotes more effective reading by adding a color gradient to text-heavy web pages. In its default setting, each line of text alternates from blue to black, black to red, red to black, and black to blue color gradients. Some studies show that the subtle change in color helps the eye move from line to line more fluently than plain black and white text. BeeLine Reader also integrates with Amazon and OverDrive texts. Unlimited use is free for the first 30 days, and then users can read up to five texts per day using the extension or pay the $2 per month subscription fee to continue unlimited use. Kids who primarily use a screen to read long passages of text may find this tool useful to read faster and to potentially increase comprehension because of this increased fluency.

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What's it about?

BEELINE READER is a web extension that changes regular text to a color gradient that guides a reader's eyes across a line of text and from the end of one to the beginning of the next line. It allows kids to transition between lines quickly and effortlessly by adding color to text-heavy websites. Users can turn this tool on and off depending on the site and adjust the colors to suit their taste. It also integrates with cloud readers giving kids access to more text options than the reader's built in features. Kids can also copy and paste text into pasteboard on the website to apply the gradient without downloading the extension.

Is it any good?

This visual reading tool gives kids another method to help them read more easily, though it's best to try before investing. More than 90% of users report an increase in ease of reading when using the color gradient provided by BeeLine Reader. No formal research has been published demonstrating long-term gains, but there are some less rigorous studies that show some potential to increase reading speed and proficiency when using this web extension, especially for struggling readers, which makes it worth a try. The colors keep readers on track from line to line and are especially helpful when reading on a mobile device such as a phone or tablet. Overall, though this tool doesn't offer instruction it does give kids a simple way to potentially make reading easier, so it's definitely worth trying.

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  • Families can talk about important reading strategies, especially as kids read more using a screen. In addition to utilizing the color gradient provided by BeeLine Reader, kids might also add their own highlighted interactions to interact with the text.

  • Talk about what you're reading. Connect with kids about their favorite characters and share with them some of your favorite details. What's the best part? Why? What do you think of that character's choices?

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