The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 15 Reading iPad Apps

News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids Honorable Mention

You can find the same article on three different reading levels with this app. It is a very popular reading app with good reviews.

News-O-Matic EDU, Nonfiction Reading Honorable Mention

This app gives you five easy reading high-interest stories per day to promote reading.

HOMER Reading: Learn To Read Honorable Mention

This is a popular online reading program that is accessed via an app. The program customizes learning for each student. That means each student gets a personized learning experience. The reviews are also outstanding.

Homer is free for educators:

Free to try:

Insert Learning

With this website/Chrome extension, you can turn a webpage into a guided reading activity. This service would work well for a reading teacher. Insert Learning would work well for other subjects that require reading and answer questions about what you have read. There is a free version of the service and paid versions. I like the concept.

Fry Words Games and Flash Cards

This app has lists of the 1000 most common words. Using flashcards to teach the most common words is a great strategy to use with young children using to read. Using flashcards is a good way to help with memorization.


You can find a ton of reading options based on ability and interest. If you are teaching reading and want comprehensive choices, this is a possibility. This is a free app with in-app purchases.

I Like Stories - Storytime for Kids and Endless Readers

This app has a number of free stories for very young children. (age 0-6) You can also make in-app purchases.

Endless Reader

This app teaches basic reading skills to young children by helping them learn common vocabulary. The app also gets high ratings.

Reading Comprehension Prep

This is a highly rated reading app.

Immersive Reader

This program has a number of tools that help struggling readers.

HOOKED - Chat Stories

This app gives you a story in the form of a series of text messages. There is research to suggest reading a few words at a time can improve reading. The concept the app is based on does create engagement. The story ends with a cliffhanger that you have to wait an hour to find the answer. Hence, the name hooked.

Oceanhouse Media

The website has a number of apps for Google or iTunes of very popular children’s stories.

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