Reading Time: 2 minutes
Written By: Amy Fuchs
What in the world is â€œear readingâ€? Who makes up these crazy new terms? Well, as an educator, you have probably heard the term a lot lately. Educators used to be taught that all children have to learn to â€œeye readâ€ and maybe even inadvertently given the impression that students who were unable to do so werenâ€™t as smart as their peers.
Dyslexia specialists and interventionists, however, have known otherwise for years.
According to their website, the International Dyslexia Association defines ear reading as a process where â€œrather than the written words being taken in through the eyes and processed in the brain, the verbal words are heard through the ears and then processed in the brain.â€
So, how can this help in your classroom and what does it have to do with technology? Well, as educators, we have always known the positive effects that read-alouds have on comprehension, predicting, and many other necessary reading skills. Technology has allowed us to have the power to essentially provide an appropriate level read-aloud for every child in the class (or at least for the number of electronic devices- tablets, laptops, etc. as you have available in your class).
It also allows those students who may not have been able to fully participate in a group discussion of a book due to their lower reading level to listen to that book and have meaningful discussions about it.
Below are a few of the apps for ear reading that you can find in our app search tool at https://search.bridgingapps.org/dashboard:
Audiobooks.com (free app for iOs and Android, free trial period and then $14.95 per month- 1 book per month)
Kids A to Z – free to download, but requires a subscription to use
Audible – free to download, but requires a subscription to listen to books
Services that your students might be eligible dependent on their diagnosis:
BARD Mobile (eligible patrons of the NLS- National Library Service, can borrow audio and braille books to use along with a braille reader on an iPad)
Bookshare: Web-based service that is free for US students with qualifying diagnoses and offered as a subscription for others.
Voice Dream Reader app can be used to access Bookshare service