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Educational applications for ereaders

by malkeycoach / September 29, 2013 3:41 AM PDT

I am looking for software which assists kids when they are reading. is there any reader or software which will read out loud individual words they get stuck on, and define them maybe as well?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2013 3:49 AM PDT

But the Kindle can read a book if need be as noted at

And since it has a web browser why would we need in book definitions when we can head to the web to get more information and definitions?

-> Get your children out of the 19th and prior century by showing them how to find the definitions.

PS. Yes there are some books that are actually applications that do what you want but you can imagine due to copy right and patent law you have not seen what you asked for.

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educational software
by malkeycoach / September 29, 2013 6:02 AM PDT
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Thank you for replying. My child has a learning disability focused on reading. Her teacher recommended that I find an application that would read individual words out loud if she points at them (and definitions if possible) to help her keep the train of thought while she is reading so she doesn't lose comprehension. I don't want her to have internet access for this, as this e reader is supposed to be used FOR READING ONLY.

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And there are those few apps that do that BUT
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2013 6:51 AM PDT
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And here's the big issue here. What you asked for has huge roadblocks in patents in copy right areas. But if you look at educational apps you find a book that may have such a feature but until some one develops the app I think you are looking for then pays the patents and then you buy their app I fear what you want can't happen.

Also it would take a lot of sales to make said app viable.

This is why you may not see such an app any day soon. Let me be clear about what app I'm saying isn't quite here. An app that can take any book in e-form and do what you asked.

While the existing Kindle can read to me, if I need more about that word I only need to go look it up on the web.

However I am encountering folk that think that's too hard.

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thank you.
by malkeycoach / September 30, 2013 3:30 AM PDT

does "read to me" read any book, or only books that are specially produced for that?

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That's a question that has been asked before.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2013 3:44 AM PDT
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Let's get you up to speed why this is not done.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2013 3:50 AM PDT
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This might sound dumb and be unhelpful but I
by Steven Haninger / September 30, 2013 4:13 AM PDT
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wonder if your child doesn't have an IEP at the school and is already getting help there in the same way it's being suggested at home. I would think that the school would be able to recommend such a program. It's important that classroom and home learning have some continuity so that a child doesn't become more confused than they might already be. I'd take that question back to the teacher and go above his/her head if necessary.

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