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5 Tools to Get Students Excited About Reading

August 24, 2015
5 Tools to Get Students Excited About Reading It can take quite a bit of encouragement to get your students to read, much less like it or be excited about it. Luckily, technology is making it easier for teachers to win over these students by taking reading to a new level. It can take quite a bit of encouragement to get your students to read, much less like or be excited about it. Luckily, technology is making it easier for teachers to win over students by taking reading to a new level. Whether they’re playing with the main character or earning points for logging their reading, reluctant readers will pick up their next book—and love it—with these helpful tools. TikaTok Get students excited about reading, not by just showing them how to read, but by encouraging them to write and illustrate their own books as well. This online web app gives students a chance to tell their own stories in a digital format, where they can customize and make it their own. Whooo’s Reading This online, gamified reading log rewards kids for reading and motivates them to read more. After logging their most recent reading, they answer a CCSS-aligned comprehension question. They earn Wisdom Coins for logging their reading and answering the questions, which can be spent in the Owl Store where they buy virtual accessories for their Owlvatar. The reward system motivates kids to read more every day and gives teachers a chance to monitor what students are reading outside of the classroom. What Should I Read Next? This simple website does one thing: tells you what books to read based on the book you input in the search field. Students can get frustrated when selecting their own reading material, making reading more stressful than it needs to be. Give your students access to this website when choosing a new book; they’ll be excited to see what comes up and feel more confident with their choices. PlayTales This app, available on IOS and Android, gives students unlimited access to classic, new, and educational stories (for a low monthly fee). Because it’s interactive, students are encouraged to dive deeper into the text, whether they’re simultaneously drawing or watching the words come to life with animation. Pango Put students in the driver seat with this reading app, which allows them to be directly involved in the story. Readers are encouraged to explore what’s going on, find hidden objects, move characters from one place to another, and much more. With reading levels progressing as the student improves, the app allows kids to move onto more complex texts, without putting any extra work on your to-do list. Reading can and should be fun for students. While it may seem daunting to get your students, especially the reluctant ones, excited about reading, there are tools available to you to encourage and reward them. It won’t be long before your students are begging for another book to read.