Learning Unlimited: 15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension

Comprehension – the #1 goal of reading – is always on an educator’s mind. We strive to help students improve their fluency and build rich vocabulary because we know that fluency and a broad vocabulary support comprehension.

While technology doesn’t replace a good teacher, it serves an important and emerging role in supporting student learning. Good teaching calls for differentiation and a literacy-rich learning environment that supports personalized learning.

Terry Heick, our friend at TeachThought, has compiled this list below, in an order of general complexity, of 15 apps for improved reading comprehension with skills that include word and sentence fluency, recall, reading speed, and critical thinking skills

By the nature of reading and literacy progress, most of the apps are for K-5 and SLP, but the latter several, especially Reading Trainer, Compare Twist, and Enchanted Dictionary, can be used through high school in the right context.

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Learning Unlimited Blog: No Tears for Tiers – The CCSS Tiered Vocabulary Made Simple

The Common Core State Standards place an importance on academic vocabulary. In addition to developing an advanced vocabulary, the CCSS calls for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. We know that vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. And, vocabulary plays an even more important role in understanding nonfiction and informational text. It has been estimated that 80% of comprehension in nonfiction is dependent upon understanding the vocabulary.

In Appendix A of the Standards, the framework of Tiered Vocabulary by Isabel Beck is summarized. To many educators, the idea of tiered vocabulary is rather new.