The pros and cons of technology are a regular source of debate, particularly when it concerns young people, their education and the role of technology within education. Technology can have a profound impact on learning for children with dyslexia. There are many online tools that can make dyslexia management in the classroom easier for children, teachers and parents.
Here, we have identified the 20 best apps for kids with dyslexia. These tools can help with reading, writing, organisation, learning and presentations:
Reading – converting text to audio
1. Claro Speak: Claro Speak works as a text-to-speech app, saving text as an audio file. It can also change photos of text to audio and adjust reading speed to allow students to read alongside the audio.
2. Claro PDF: This is a great learn to read app to go with Claro speak as very few text-to-speech apps work on pdf files. It highlights the text it’s reading, so your students can keep up with the words that are being sounded.
3. Google Play Books: This free app works on android devices by highlighting excerpts that are read aloud. It allows a dyslexic student to keep pace with the words they are hearing.
4. KNFB Reader: The fastest converter of text to audio. You only need to take a photo of text and this app will read it aloud.
5. Easy Word Count: Tells you how many words are in a document, helping your son to digest reading a little at a time and meet personal targets.
6. Learning Ally: One of the biggest challenges that dyslexic students face is reading for pleasure. Learning Ally is free with membership and has a vast collection of audio books - dyslexic children can learn to love books without the pressure of reading.
7. Pocket: Stores and reads online news articles aloud.
8. Shakespeare in Bits: Contains audio files of several plays, as well as animations and translations of old language.
9. Hemingway App: This makes your writing bold and clear by highlighting lengthy, complex sentences and common errors.
10. Cite It In: Use this simple website for footnotes and references.
11. Big Assignments: An intensive spell checker that even picks up when students use homonyms incorrectly.
12. A+ Spelling Test: A free app that helps students master new vocabulary words that is catered to their own needs.
13. Google Keyboard: Enables dyslexic students to dictate content and includes a word prediction feature making spelling much easier.
14. Read&Write Keyboard: It provides a range of features including spell checks, text to speech tools, and both regular and picture dictionaries.
15. Inspiration Maps: This is a graphic organiser that uses a multi-sensory approach and visual diagrams to make writing easier.
16. Snap Type Pro: This app provides a unique service to overlay text boxes, making tackling worksheets or other forms easier.
17. Flash Cards Deluxe: Helps dyslexic students take notes.
18. Mental Note: An awesome app for students taking notes. Not only is it efficient for typing, it can also take notes from dictation. It can store photos and voice notes too.
19. Academized: Home to a host of resources that can help with tutoring.
20. Adobe Voice: As power points are a huge part of class presentations now, this dyslexia-friendly version can ease presentation tension for dyslexic students.
For more on the best apps for dyslexia, check out this dyslexia app wheel which identifies helpful apps for reading, writing, numeracy, organisation and memory.
Study isn’t always easy for students with dyslexia and these tools may assist in positively impacting their learning.
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