Frequently asked questions

FAQ

How does WriteReader work?

The web-based educational web tool, WriterReader, allows elementary students as young as three to create and share books. Students using WriteReader (with or without the help of an adult) will hear letters and the sounds they make as they author their own books. The process allows them to become authors while learning to read by writing.

How is WriteReader different than other writing platforms?

How is WriteReader different than other writing platforms? Unlike other writing tools, WriteReader teaches students to read by writing and experimenting with letters and their sounds. Very young students can become authors with the help of a teacher or parent before they know how to read on their own. The active process of creating books is scientifically proven to help children learn to read and write. In as little as six weeks, students have been shown to improve their literacy.

Does WriteReder work with iPads?

If you are using iPads in your classroom you have 2 options.

1) You can use WriteReader through the Safari browser through the iPad. Please note that the audio recording will not work with Safari. You will get the full benefit of teachers dashboard, student management, image search and image bank

2) You can also decide to use the the classroom app available for iPad. The iPad app does not sync books online but books will be saved locally on the device. The App will work fine if you have 1:1 iPads in your classroom, but you will not see student’s work in the Teacher’s Dashboard. If you want to view students books, student management and provide feedback we recommend to use the Safari browser through iPad.

Going forward we will support the web version of WriteReader so we recommend using the web version.

Is student privacy protected?

Student privacy is always protected when using WriteReader. There is no student data collected in order to use WriteReader. All students need in order to join is the teacher’s class code and their first name. There are no advertisements and third parties never have access to any student information that is provided in WriteReader. The Google search within the program filters for age appropriate images. When students create a book, it is automatically saved and visible on their class bookshelf. Only teachers have the ability to publish students’ work to the Kids’ Library.

What if a student forgets their username?

Teachers can view the usernames of each student in their class from the dashboard.

Which browsers and devices does WriteReader support?

Writereader.com is web based and currently operates best using the Chrome browser.

Writereader.com can also be used through Edge, Firefox and Safari. Be aware that the image capture feature will not work and that the audio recording is disabled with Safari browser.

Are images found in image search free to use?

Yes.

How do I get a class code?

If you are a teacher, you create a class which creates a class code visible next to the class. If you are a student, your teacher will provide you with the code for your class. If you are a parent wanting to help your kid log on, you need to get the class code from your kid’s teacher. If your kid is not using WriteReader in school, you can create your own account under “Get started as Home User”.

Can I access books I have published online?

Teachers and students can access their published books anytime from the Kids’ Library.

What is the difference between Kids’ Library and My Class bookshelf?

When a student creates a book, it is automatically visible in My Class for all students with the same class code. Kids’ Library is a public space, and only teachers have the ability to publish students’ work to the Kids’ Library.

My students can’t find their books, what can I do?

If a student can’t find his or her book, they have probably logged in using a wrong name: If they i.e type Susann by mistake instead of Susan, but use the right class code, they will be logged into the right class but as someone “new”. That can seem like their books are gone or, if they find it on the class’ bookshelf, like they can see the book but not edit it. Try to sign out and in again, using the correct name.

My students can’t edit their books, what can I do?

If a student can’t edit his or her book, they have probably logged in using a wrong name: If they i.e type Susann by mistake instead of Susan, but use the right class code, they will be logged into the right class but as someone “new”. That can seem like their books can’t be edited. Only teachers and the author can edit books. Try to sign out and in again, using the correct name.

Can I share the books with my friends?

Once a teacher publishes a book to the Kids’ Library, the book can be shared via email, digital download, print, or through social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Google +).

What is the Kids’ Library?

The Kids’ Library is a virtual library that stores and displays students’ books.

How do I change my password?

To change your password, hover your username in the upper-right corner, then click on "User profile" in the drop down menu. In the Profile pop-up, you will see the "Change password" option.

I have forgotten my password, what do I do?

If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgot Password?" in the sign in form to receive an email and reset it from scratch.

For more information, reach out to the WriteReader team at info@writereader.com

Thanks,
Team WriteReader

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