Ever since we first produced our wheel of iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties, we've had regular requests for a similar wheel for tablets and smartphones that use the Android operating system. IPads are used much more frequently than Android devices in schools, but over the past few years more schools have started to allow the use of Android tablets and many parents have been buying them for home use. More educational apps are now available for Android tablets and smartphones.
The first version of our Android Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties was created in October 2015. During its first few months it was downloaded nearly 400 times a month. It attempted to categorise a number of apps that may be useful for people with reading and writing difficulties, such as:
- text readers;
- tools to support writing;
- ebook readers;
- mindmapping apps;
- and many more.
The 2nd edition was published in October 2016. It keeps the same broad categories, but the following apps have been removed, either because they are no longer available, or because other apps proved significantly more useful for people with reading and writing difficulties: Comic Life, Our Story, My Story Builder, Talk - Text to Voice, Scoop It!, Brain School, Wunderlist for Education. The following apps have been added: Comic Strip pro, Book Writer Free, Kids Story Book Maker Free, Type and Speak, Xodo PDF Reader, KNFB Reader, Livescribe+, Memory Games, Mind Games, Life Reminders.
This is by no means a comprehensive or definitive list of apps, just a starting point.
We are happy to take on board suggestions for future editions of the wheel. Email your suggestions to email@example.com