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Technological Tools for Literacy

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If you are a parent, guardian, or tutor of a child who struggles with reading, please use the following questions to guide you to some useful websites and apps.

Remember, however, that there is no substitute to reading interesting books with a supportive friend or parent.

 

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So you need to practice high frequency words?

Apps (iOS):

  • My Word Wall ($1.99)

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So you need to develop your fluency?

Apps (iOS):

  • Learn to Read! ($2.99)
  • K-3 Sight Words ($0.99)
  • Scholastic Reading Timer (FREE)
  • Reading Trainer ($2.99)
  • See Read Say ($1.99)

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So you need practice with letter formation?

* Please note that children must practice with actual paper and pencils, as well.

Apps (iOS):

  • Letter School ($2.99)
  • Play & Sing ($1.99)
  • Alphabet Zoo ($0.99)

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So you want to practice phonics patterns?

Apps (iOS):

  • Word Friends (from Word World) (FREE)
  • ABC Pocket Phonics (FREE)
  • Phonics Easy Reader ($0.99)
  • ABC Alphabet Phonics (FREE)
  • Kids Can Spell (FREE)
  • Word Magic ($0.99)
  • C is for Cow ($0.99)
  • Montessori Crosswords ($2.99)
  • ABC Phonics Word Families ($1.99)
  • Bob’s Books ($3.99)

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So you want to help your child comprehend what he/she reads?

Apps:

  • Booksy (FREE)
  • Read Me Stories (FREE)
  • Reading for Details ($3.99)

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So you want to help your child comprehend what you read aloud?

Apps (iOS):

  • Aesop’s Quest ($0.99)
  • Read 2 Me ($4.99)
  • Audiobooks (FREE)

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So you want to increase your child’s vocabulary?

Apps (iOS):

  • Endless Alphabet ($6.99)

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So you want to help your child with phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds-phonemes--in spoken words.

Apps (iOS):

  • Reading Raven ($2.99)
  • Sound Literacy ($0.99)

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So you want to play learning based games and activities?

Apps (iOS):

  • Find the Words (FREE)
  • WordSort ($1.99)
  • Stories2Learn ($13.99)

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So you want to work on writing skills?

Apps (iOS):

  • Strip Designer ($2.99)
  • Book Creator (FREE)
  • Word Wizard-Talking ($2.99)
  • Super Why! ($2.99)
  • Read & Write (FREE)
  • iWrite Words (FREE)
  • Alpha Writer ($4.99)
  • Sentence Builder ($5.99)
  • Story Builder ($5.99)
  • Writing Prompts ($1.99)
  • Idea Sketch (FREE)

 

Stay tuned to the WKU Literacy Clinic’s website for practitioner videos on ways to help your child with his/her reading!

 

 Last Modified 2/19/14