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Speaking of Apps


Published April 24, 2013 3:29 PM by Jeremy Legaspi
As tablet technology's use in the classroom grows, the student with Dyslexia or learning disabilities could be at disadvantage without a suitable app to meet their needs. Enter iReadWrite by TextHelp TextHelp are also the publishers the powerful Read & Write Gold software. The Read and Write Gold software retails for $295 on MAC and PC and does allows users with iPads and other tablets access to the Read and Write Web Apps. These web apps obviously require Wi-Fi or dedicated internet access which most students do not have access to in a school setting, which makes a dedicated app much more useful.  

iReadWrite offers these 8 powerful features:

Text-to-Speech with Dual-Color Highlighting

  • Text is highlighted in one color while the word being read is highlighted in another color
  • Helps with focus and reading comprehension



Word Prediction

  • Word suggestions are made on the left side of the screen as you type
  • Words predicted using context and phonetics


Phonetic Spell Checker

  • Allows identification and correction of spelling errors, including phonetic and flexible spelling errors
  • Programmed for common errors seen with dyslexia
  • Analyzes surrounding words to help make better suggestions



Sounds Like and Confusable Word Checker

  • Checks words that sound the same as well as words that are confused easily
  • Possible choices are shown on the left side of the screen
  • i.e two, to, too


Text and Picture Dictionary

  • Provides text definitions for selected words
  • Provides images to help expand comprehension




Background and Text Colors

  • Full customization of text size and type
  • Customization of background and text colors ground and Text Colors



Choice of Voices and Fonts

  • Variety of male and female voices to choose
  • Variety of readable fonts including OpenDyslexic
  • OpenDyslexic is an open sourced front created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia

Import Documents

  • This one of the App's few weaknesses as it will only read .txt and .rtf file formats
  • The conversion process to .txt or .rtf is simple but could be complicated for a younger student

This app is very well designed and should be a powerful tool for a personal iPad or for a classroom iPad.  For those of you who recommend Assistive Technology this will be a welcomed software tool to add to your recommendations list.

iReadWrite is currently available for the introductory price of $19.99 (normally $29.99)




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    Speaking of Apps
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Rehabilitation
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