For the last few years WriteReader has been one of my go-to recommendation for making ebooks with elementary school and middle school students. Last week WriteReader made an update that now makes it a good option for high school students.
WriteReader was originally created as a tool for elementary school teachers to use to encourage and coach their students through the writing process. It still does that and more. In WriteReader students can insert pictures into page and then write about those pictures to create a story. WriteReader offers a built-in gallery of images including Sesame Street artwork for students to use. There is space on every page for teachers to provide corrections and encouragement to students. Here’s a video about using WriteReader with elementary school students.
A recent update to WriteReader introduced new page formats. Previously, there was only one page format and it required that students use pictures and leave space for feedback from their teachers. The new page format options include a choice to a text-only page that doesn’t leave space for comments from teachers. Regardless of which page format is chosen, students can always add audio to their pages and all ebooks created with WriteReader include a read-aloud option. Here’s a video that I made about the page format options in WriteReader.
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