Reading Comprehension App Review

Reading comprehension — an important skill for all students to learn —  can be particularly difficult for students with ADHD. You can help by providing students with reading apps. These three apps, recommended by ADDitude, are a great place to start.

Rewordify is a web-based app where students can enter any text that they find difficult, and the site will instantly rephrase the text to help students check their reading comprehension. What makes this app more than just a shortcut is that students can see the original text side by side with the simplified words. Students can also click on any word they don’t understand and get a definition.

Actively Learn is a tool that teachers can use to make assigned reading more interactive and to check students’ reading comprehension. Using this app, teachers can periodically ask students questions while they’re reading. They can create polls for students, highlight selections of text, and even add comments. This app has a collection of reading texts as well as the option for uploading classroom readings.

EasyReader has perhaps the widest application opportunities of these apps. Using EasyReader, students can hear a pleasant voice read aloud as they follow along with the written text. This combination of listening and reading can be more effective in improving reading comprehension than simply reading or listening alone. Teachers can access reading selections through a number of accessible libraries, such as Bookshare.

Do your students struggle with reading comprehension? What strategies do you use to help your students? Let us know in the comments!

  • Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager