An invitation to evaluate iPad apps for their support of reading comprehension

In response to a great question from Dr. Douglas Kaufman a couple of weeks ago, the Literacy Research Association listserv has been abuzz with back-and-forth sharing of “indispensable” or “favorite” apps for all sorts of instructional, professional and reading-related activities/goals.

LRA colleagues recommended a brillian list of apps which have been curated and archived here and here by Dr. T.D. Wolsey and Dr. G. McVerry. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this conversation and to DeVere and Greg for collecting up these conversations so that everyone might benefit from them.

To supplement this ever-growing list, we were thinking that it might be helpful to teachers and teacher educators to have some sense of how the apps on this list stack up as reading comprehension supports.

Over time, we will work to provide commentary on these apps and archive them on our “Examples” page. We also invite teachers and literacy scholars who see value in the Reading App Map framework to contribute to this project too. We would absolutely love to crowd source this work so that the evaluations archived here represent the views of many. Given the complexities of reading comprehension and the many ways that we anticipate these apps can be used to support (or not support) reading comprehension for children at different stages of development , and who live, learn and go to school in a range of contexts globally, we see such tremendous value in collaboration. Please, please consider joining our team! Contact us via the Comments feature below or by email to schiraha at msu dot edu if you would like to contribute.

Here is a quick glance (in no particular order) of the list of apps generated by the LRA community over the past couple of weeks. We’ll be examining these to see which of them have particular applications for reading comprehension development. Which ones would you pick first?

Popplet
Slideshare
Zite
BlackBoard App for Ipad
Record of Reading
Word Mover (similar to magnetic poetry kits)
Trading Cards
Screenchomp
Evernote
Penultimate
Reflector
Explain Everything
Pages
Keynote
Neu.Annotate
Skitch
Toontastic
Aurasma
Google Earth
Scratchwork (free)
Side-by-Side
Neu.Calc
iMovie
iStoryBooks
FotoBabble
Google Forms
Socrative
Today’s Meet
Google: Gmail, Google Drive, Chrome, Google+ – Perfection with Google Apps
Hootsuite – Twitter & Facebook
SightWords Full, IntroToLetters, AlphaLetters, Endless ABC
DragonBox, Intro to Math
Mendeley
Snapseed
MyScript Calculator
Dropbox
Box.net
Pinterest

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