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The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:03 pm

These apps could be useful additions to your iPad/iPhone, for those fortunate enough to own one:

http://www.appsinmypocket.com/pocketpho ... rsion.html
App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. 'Aimed at preschool kids and older children up to 7, PocketPhonics uses animated graphics, sound and touch' to teach synthetic phonics. Free trial 'lite' version available.

http://www.funexam.com/my-spelling-test/
App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With My Spelling Test, you can create lists of words using the particular GPCs you want your child to practise spelling from dictation -record the words using your own voice. Free trial 'lite' version available.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hello-ch ... 21379?mt=8
App for iPhone or iPad. Hello Chalk. Electronic drawing board.. Choice of writing implement (chalk or marker pen) and colour - also an eraser. Useful means to practise spellings whilst on the move. Free version available.

Please add any apps you come across that you think might be useful for the teaching/learning of SSP.

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Post by Susan Godsland » Tue Dec 27, 2011 6:22 pm

Here's one that has some glitches (includes US accent/spelling issues) but might prove useful for children who have are well advanced in an SSP programme. I think it's a shame that spelling alternatives are displayed as complete units when you touch the 'hint' button, but the main word displays multi-letter graphemes as separate units.

There's a free trial 'lite' version.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/simplex- ... 53580?mt=8
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 teaches a full year of spelling curriculum and features over 450 high frequency spelling words to help build literacy. It provides 42 instructional lessons in phonics and spelling rules. Each lesson builds upon the skills learned in previous lessons, and students piece their spelling words together in a fun and interactive way. Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 uses our unique "reverse phonics" approach that acts like a personal spelling coach and guarantees success on every spelling word.

Spelling patterns and a wealth of spelling knowledge are contained within a beautifully simplistic interface. The powerful hint system phonetically sounds out each word while letting the student see all of the possible ways that a word can be spelled phonetically. Each word can be pieced together from its smallest or simplex sounds, and spelling hints and rules are provided to students in context and only as they are needed. Children can easily pick up and use Simplex Spelling as the introductory spelling list contains spoken instructions that gently guide the child through the app's entire feature set.
Spelling is an auditory skill whereby words are sounded out from left to right. In fact, studies on dyslexia have shown that in effective readers the brain reads sound by sound[1][2]. Spelling in the English language comes with a number of difficulties. In normal speech, many of the sounds are indistinct, and even if the sound is easily identified, there are often many different letter combinations that can make that sound. In order to address these issues, Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 provides the student with a hint button that can be used to sound out a word from left to right and display the different letter combinations that can make each sound. When the sounds are indistinct, the word is simply spoken normally within the sentence. However, the student will be able to hear each individual sound when he or she uses the hint button to sound out the word.

Strong spelling programs such as Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 can protect a child against learning disabilities. If a word is learned as a whole object, its letters are more likely to be scrambled. The words within Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 are sounded out and pieced together from left to right, thus training the brain to read effectively and efficiently.
Many studies have shown that phonics is a more effective means of teaching spelling and reading than using flash cards and the whole word approach. A 7 year study on phonics in the UK showed that students who learned their literacy skills with a full synthetic phonics approach were on average 3 years ahead of the rest of the population in their word reading skills after receiving 7 years of phonics instruction. Hence, in recent years the UK government has changed their country's entire educational system over to a full synthetic phonics approach.
It is possible to view the complete list of words used in Simplex spelling Phonics here:

http://www.pyxwise.com/ssphonics1wordlists.html

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:19 pm

Free app from the OU, 'Our Story'. Enables you to make your own little storybooks -add your own pictures, speech and decodable text.

Short video here which shows you how the use the app.
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education ... troduction
Our Story is an app designed so that you and your child can have fun and at the same time can build up skills which will provide a foundation for starting to read.

The special feature of Our Story is that it is personalised, you can make your own stories and icards (like flash cards). These, we believe, are a very important way to support children’s reading development.

You can put your own pictures, drawings, noises, speech and text on ‘icards’ and use these to play games that will help with learning new words, sounds and letters. You can also use these icards to build up a personal story which you can share together with your child.
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/our-stor ... 58256?mt=8

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Mon Jan 16, 2012 3:33 pm

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/soundlit ... 47075?mt=8

App for iPad. Sound Literacy.

This *Orton Gillingham-based interactive teaching tool could be a useful and practical addition to lessons led by a synthetic phonics trained tutor/teacher working with individual 'dyslexic' students. More info. (video clip, features, instructions) available here: http://3dliteracy.com/. *Caution: includes some non-synthetic phonics elements such as rimes.

YouTube clip of features: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rX9JWv ... re=related

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Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:05 pm

Download a free, interactive decodable book (CVC stage) and 2 more to purchase.

Bob Books (American) Reading Magic -free 'lite' version

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bob-book ... 73050?mt=8

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Post by Susan Godsland » Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:40 pm

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/kids-wri ... 91984?mt=8

App for iPad. Kid's writing pad. 'Lined writing pad useful for practicing numbers and letters to make sure you draw them appropriately. It has a middle dotted line between two solid lines'

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:04 pm

Interesting article flagged up by Dick on BRI.

Apple Starts Selling Interactive IPad Textbooks

Albert Greco, a professor of marketing at Fordham University in New York and a former high-school principal, said schools would need to buy iPads for its students if it were to replace printed books.


It wouldn't work to let students who can afford to buy their own iPads use them in class with textbooks they buy themselves, alongside poorer students with printed books.

"The digital divide issue could be very embarrassing. Because if you don't have the iPad, you can't do the quiz, you don't get instant feedback ... that is an invitation for a lawsuit," Greco said. "I would be shocked if any principal or superintendent would let that system go forward."

Greco said hardback high-school textbooks cost an average of about $105, and a freshman might need five of them. However, they last for five years.

That means that even if an iPad were to last for five years in the hands of students, the e-books plus the iPad would cost more than the hardback textbooks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/1 ... 16546.html

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:02 am

The Society for Quality Education is pleased to announce the publication of The Sky Has Limits: Online Learning in K-12 Public Education in Canada, a review of virtual education. The report is authored by respected educator Dr. Paul Bennett, Principal of Schoolhouse Consulting.

http://www.societyforqualityeducation.o ... as-limits/

The discussion after this blog posting is well worth a read too.

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:49 am

Phonics app from UK company Twinkl -no free trial 'lite' version to try out though:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/twinkl-p ... 71799?mt=8
The Twinkl phonics App is designed to support children in developing some of the key skills taught in Phases 1-5 of the DfES Letters and Sounds Document. Activities are presented in a fun, child friendly way (with lovely twinkl artwork) and cover the following:

- The sounds and names of each letter of the alphabet
- Letter formation
- Blending sounds in CVC words
- The graphemes taught in phases 2-3 (including digraphs and trigraphs)
- Initial and final blends
- Alternative spellings for phonemes
- High frequency and tricky words for each phase

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by maizie » Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:06 pm

I wonder if teaching reading aps will get into the SP catalogue?

I don't think that this one would; not in its present form...

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Post by Susan Godsland » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:04 pm

A cursive handwriting app developed by a UK teacher:

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/abc-join ... 97548?mt=8

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Post by Susan Godsland » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:39 pm

Not so much an app for teaching reading, more an app for struggling spellers -sadly, no free trial 'lite' version:

AppWriter
AppWriter is the first text editor for the iPad to offer users of all ages with reading and writing disabilites the necessary tools for unlocking a world of information.

AppWriter is packed with incredible assistive features. All tools and features are seamlessly integrated and comprise context based word suggestions, text-to-speech and the special Dyslexie-font
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/appwrite ... 74895?mt=8

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Wed May 16, 2012 12:14 pm

An Android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... itephonics

http://www.readwritephonics.co.uk/
The correct phonic sounds! mm not em, blend sounds to words and learn to write!

Read Write Phonics teaches the 44 phonic sounds of the English language, how to blend the phonic sounds together to form words, and how to write the letters of the alphabet by tracing dotted letter forms!

- Read: learn the correct 44 phonic sounds of the English language!
- Write: learn to write the letters of the English alphabet, with star rewards!
- Phonics: learn how to blend the phonic sounds to form words!

Features:
Learn by doing: tap and swipe through the App listening to the correct sounds and blending the sounds into words.
Fun encouragement and reward stars are given in the Write section.
Clear and simple flash cards system with simple intuitive navigation.
Clear Sassoon font developed especially for children’s first books and traditional learning aids.
Clean design, there are no distracting images or sounds in the Write or Phonic sections.
Focus on learning the sounds and learning how to form letters, without distraction.
The example word cards in the Read section each use one simple bright word image.

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:14 am

An Android app:

Pocket Rockets booklets are now available as an app. They introduce the GPCs learnt at Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds.
Pocket Rockets are books designed for beginning readers. These children's books are perfect for ages 4 to 7 years.
They are real stories with funny characters, bright illustrations and engaging plots.
Your child can be off and reading, exploring the imaginative worlds of Sad Dad, Pat, Tom Tin Pot, Min and their friends.
Will Sad Dad ever get to sleep? Can Tom Tin Pot save Pat? Where is Min?
Solid research in Britain, USA and Australia has shown that the explicit teaching of phonic skills is the most effective way children learn to read.
Once children can blend sounds to read words, they need appealing stories to practise their newly learnt skills.
Your child will want to read these amusing stories over and over which is just what they need to develop confidence, fluency and understanding.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... WQuY29tIl0.

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Re: The 'apps for teaching reading' thread

Post by Susan Godsland » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:59 pm

A couple of free apps:

Phonics Hero
http://www.phonicshero.com/public/general/apps
Caution: It may include sight word memorisation: 'camera' words
Part 1 - The Basic Code: levels 1 to 6, covers the first 31 of 44 phonemes (sounds)
Four skills within each level addresses the essential early literacy skills of:
Knowing the phonemes (sounds)
Reading using these phonemes
Irregular, high frequency word reading
Using the above skills to read sentences
150 unique games, so children never get bored!
Lively animations and sound effects keeps children engaged
Unique reward system keeps children motivated
Certificates rewarded for completing each level
An introductory child video starts the exciting mission
British accent
Sounds: The Pronunciation App
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sounds- ... 43918?mt=8
The ultimate mobile English pronunciation aid, for both students AND teachers. Sounds: The Pronunciation App helps you study, practise and play with pronunciation wherever you are.

This free version includes Interactive Phonemic Charts for British English and American English. Tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.
The phonemic chart is also available as an interactive webpage:
http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pr ... mic-chart/

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