Wikipedia Lecturer: The Wiki Reader

Description: Wikipedia Lecturer is a music player-like Wikipedia app for Android that allows you to play Wikipedia articles in virtually any language using your Android’s text-to-speech engine.

Pain Points/Needs: Audio Content, Document Readers, Study Aids

Platform: Android

Usability: Wikipedia Lecturer with its audio features serves as a great default Wikipedia reader and audio book for mobile phones and tablets using which you can listen to Wikipedia articles in the language of your choice.

This Wikipedia reader app helps a busy individual learn on the go. You can play articles in the background while you’re driving or walking to class. You can search for articles in any language your phone supports and save your search history. Both teachers and students can use it to listen to topics on the go during their busy schedules. Teachers can share selected articles with their students, and students can share articles with each other via social platforms. They can learn about many different topics by creating a queue of articles to store them for listening later on. They can also track related articles to get into the depth and breadth of knowledge anywhere and at any time. It is of great use for auditory learners, as it eliminates the need to read and makes learning easy for them. It can also be used to listen to the lore of video games and can be of great support in homeschooling.

Walkthrough: The Wikipedia Lecturer app’s Free and Pro versions are available for download on Android’s Google Play store. The free version has all the features that you need to learn anywhere and the pro version is paid but provides enhancements and adds additional features to the product.

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Within the app, you can start typing into the search bar at the bottom of the screen to search for an article, your search will be auto completed. Once the audio for your article is loaded, it begins to play. Using the ‘Transport’ or navigation bar, you can navigate through your Wikipedia article. On its leftmost is the button to view Article History, followed by Previous section, Play/Pause, Next section and Next article. Just above the search bar is the Overview button, clicking on which opens up the table of content that presents an overview of the article. You can access the Menu by swiping from the left of the screen towards the right. From the menu you can go to your Play Queue which is a custom queue of articles created by you for future listening. You can drag and drop topics to reorder your play queue. You can also access your offline list of articles, which contains articles that you can listen to without connecting to the Internet; this feature is only available with the pro version. You can share your article with others via social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and more. The article can be auto-scrolled to move between next/previous or skipped sections, the font size can be adjusted and the language, tone/accent can be changed as well.

The pro version offers more advanced features. It supports playing articles in the background with the Music Player mode, randomizing article play queues, offline mode, automatic playing of related articles and changing the speech rate or pitch. The subsequent article can be played automatically once the current article is completed. You can even ignore wiki sections, links and articles that you don't want to listen to and skip to a section using the Table of Contents.

Prices:
Free
Pro Version ~ 140 INR

Our Review: Wikipedia Lecturer is a great audio-based learning app. It offers a clean and unobtrusive user interface that makes it very easy to use. It makes learning through Wikipedia simpler, by reading aloud the entire Wikipedia article in the language of your choice. The text to speech learning offered by the app can help students develop vital skills such as listening, writing, reading and speaking. It is also good for language learners and for special education students.

The app reads out the Wikipedia article in any language that your device supports, but if your desired language is not supported by your device or you want the article to be read out in a better voice, then you can download a third party text-to-speech engine such as IVONA or SVOX, which are readily available in the Google Play store. It also helps you further your learning by allowing you to play articles related to your topic and keep a record of articles to listen to in future with custom play queues. You can simply long click on the links to add them to your queue list to access whenever you want. The images contained in the article can be zoomed in and viewed in full size. The offline mode offered by the pro version of the app is of great use when you don’t have access to the Internet and the ability to skip article sections and links helps you save time and learn precisely only what you need the most.

The app is of great use for students, as it helps them learn in a more convenient way from Wikipedia, which is a great and reliable source of learning; and for teachers who can share the articles that they want their students to learn and also use them for their own learning. It gives you access to a sum of knowledge and helps you learn at your ease. I recommend you to try this amazing app out.

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About the Author
Author: Saomya Saxena
Educational technology blogger, loves to research and write about tools and tips for educators on how to integrate technology into everyday instruction creatively and effectively. Fond of reading and writing.

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