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What’s It Like? WriteReader is a research-backed writing tool that lets kids write their own stories in their own words. Teachers can then translate kids’ writing using proper spelling and conventions. Books can be shared, printed, or published, with a teacher permission and assistance, using the in-app library. Kids can also read other kids’ writing that has been published in the library. The developer’s website includes the research supporting this form of writing practice as well as tips for developing kids’ writing skills, both within the app and outside of it.
Pros: Touch keyboard offers several options, including uppercase, lowercase, letter names, and phonetic sounds.
Cons: Teachers shouldn’t rewrite every word or even sentence of kids’ compositions, though some may be tempted to do so.
Bottom line: Empowering tool will make kids want to write.