@Reks: Educational iOS Applications

@Reks Spelling Apps

 

@Reks spelling apps were designed following Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
Approach. Namely, the following spelling apps were planned to be a part of Presentation, Practice and Production language teaching methodology: @Reks Spelling Apps

  1. Build A Word – Easy Spelling – Learn to Spell Sight Words, Long Vowel and Short Vowel Words
  2. Build A Word – Easy Spelling with Phonics
  3. Phonics Free
  4. Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and names
  5. Classroom Spelling

 

 

Eight different categories were taken into account to review the spelling apps. Thus, special attention was put on the fact whether the app includes:

  1. Pre-loaded spelling lists (a number of spelling lists already created in the app with their full narrations)
  2. Custom spelling lists (option for a user to create his own spelling lists)
  3. Option to share custom made spelling lists with other iPads / iPhones / iPod Touches
  4. Students’ progress report (Apps record individual student’s progress)
  5. Letter Narration focusing on letter names or letter sounds (phonics)
  6. Customization for special needs students
  7. FREE or Paid download
  8. In-App purchase
iTunes App PreLoaded spelling lists Custom spelling lists Sharing lists with other devices Recording progress Letter narration Customization for special needs students Paid In-App purchase
Build A Word – Easy Spelling – Learn to Spell Sight Words, Long Vowel and Short Vowel WordsBAW Icon by @Reks – over 1200 words- some 40 word families type in your word and record your voice Yes

Use
e-mail, Google Drive, DropBox to share

Yes

located in HISTORY section

Name of the letter Yes

Option to customize the app for visually impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills

Yes No
Build A Word – Easy Spelling with PhonicsBAW Phonics Icon by @Reks – over 800 words- over 20 word families create from the pool of pre-loaded spelling words No Yes

located in HISTORY section

Sound of letter (phonics) Yes

Option to customize the app for visually impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills

Yes No
Phonics FreePhonics FREE Icon by @Reks – over 800 words- over 20 word families create from the pool of pre-loaded spelling words No Yes

located in HISTORY section

Sound of letter (phonics) Yes

Option to customize the app for visually impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills

No Yes
Build A Word Express – Practice spelling and learn letter sounds and namesBAW Express Icon by @Reks THREE SPELLING folders to choose from:1. Spelling word lists that cover over 1200 words (letter names narrated)

2. Phonics word lists that cover some 800 words (sounds of letters narrated)

3. Your own spelling word lists – you create your own spelling words by typing the word and recording your voice words (letter names narrated)

type in your word and record your voice Yes

Use
e-mail, Google Drive, DropBox to share

Yes

located in HISTORY section

either name or sound of letter depending on the chosen folder (see column 2) Yes

Option to customize the app for visually impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills

No Yes
Classroom SpellingClassroom Spelling Icon by @Reks THREE SPELLING folders to choose from:1. Spelling word lists that cover over 1200 words (letter names narrated)

2. Phonics word lists that cover some 800 words (sounds of letters narrated)

3. Your own spelling word lists – you create your own spelling words by typing the word and recording your voice words (letter names narrated)

type in your word and record your voice Yes

Use
e-mail, Google Drive, DropBox to share

Yes

located in HISTORY section

either name or sound of letter depending on the chosen folder (see column 2) Yes

Option to customize the app for visually impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills

Yes No
iTunes App PreLoaded spelling lists Custom spelling lists Sharing lists with other devices Recording progress Letter narration Customization for special needs students Paid In-App purchase

Presentation – Practice – Production, or PPP, is divided into three phases, moving from tight teacher control towards greater learner freedom. Practically the method relies on the progression from presentation, through controlled practice, to free production. Having this in mind @Reks spelling apps were given three main parts Learn, Practice and Quiz. In addition to Practice section, GAMES section was introduced. Games section includes 5 different educational practice games:

1. Memory Game
2. Bridge Crossing
3. River Crossing
4. Word Search
5. Spin-the-Wheel

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