A Kid’s Review of Seymour Simon’s StarWalk eReader App

This is my son's review of Seymour Simon's StarWalk eReader app on the iPad.

I agreed with my son's assessment. I thought the app had several benefits for learners.

  • There are a lot of nonfiction titles to choose from.
  • There are a wide range of text levels and interests.
  • Once you are subscribed there are no in-app purchases.
  • The audio is well done.
  • The text is highlighted as it is read to the listener.
  • There are no animations to distract the reader.

The StarWalk eReader app has been a popular one in our home since we have tried the free subscription this July. You should consider giving it a shot, too. Here is the link: http://www.starwalkkids.com/

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

4 thoughts on “A Kid’s Review of Seymour Simon’s StarWalk eReader App”

  1. Great job: son and Dad!

    Nice combination of tech (podcast) that has verifiable speaking components and lo-tech (written words) that demonstrates several ELA standards as well as providing information about this app. I had downloaded it but not actually used it yet. What a great father/son project? What students could we team up at school to do this and then attach to books via qr codes or links?


    1. Thank you Fran. I didn’t really think about the standards I was hitting when we made this (I’m on vacation!), but you are absolutely right. One of technology’s greatest attributes is it helps align learning with the speaking and listening aspect of literacy that is so vital, yet overlooked in classrooms too often.

      I don’t know who I heard this from, but some schools make book talk podcasts like you see here, create the QR code for that podcast, and then stick that code to the back of the respective titles in the library. You could also do this for the LMC or a classroom library. What are your thoughts?


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