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iPad Apps Review: The Strange and Wonderful World of Ants

A one-minute clip of the app in use on an iPad

Why we like it:


While the audio narration is engaging and the environment visually attractive, the feature most impressive to us is the ability to adjust the reading level on each page of the book. 

Three levels of text are available with a simple swipe of the finger, which move from simple sentences and monosyllabic words to complex sentences with multisyllabic Tier 3 words. Students can self select and challenge themselves to move up levels upon consecutive reads. Teachers could craft a lesson to work with students to create their own levels of text; the task would be to start from the basic level and build the next two levels by challenging students to play with synonyms and connotation as well as exploring syntax complexity.