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Aug 252017
 

Build A Word – Easy Spelling with Phonics for Iphone. The underlying pedagogical methodology for this application is to teach children letters as well as to teach them how to combine letters into words. A child is offered either/both a visual prompt or/and audio prompt to “write” a word. The word is to be written by dragging appropriate letters one at a time in the designated slot in the correct order. Success is rewarded by a short fun game.

► option for custom-made spelling lists
► HISTORY follows progress for individual students
► focus on identifying sounds of letters (North American phonemes )
► audio and/or visual prompt
► PROFESSIONAL narration or child’s narration
► Multiple Word Lists
► optional Montessori-style color coding vowels and consonants
► upper or lower case letters
► three modes: Learn, Practice and Test (quiz)
► immediate sound feedback upon tapping the correct/incorrect letter
► positive reinforcement lowers affective filters making learning a more engaging and enjoyable process
► focus on letter recognition, word recognition, as well as on word/letter association
► ACCESSIBILITY options to for VISUALLY impaired and those struggling with fine motor skills
► option of custom made features for special needs students
► child proof SETTINGS button (press&hold)
► narration of phonemes based on Peter Ladefoged’s studies in Phonology with emphasis on American English

Advantage for Special Need Students:
* option of blank background helps children focus on letters only
* option to choose high-contrast background for visually impaired students
* answer method: drag&drop or simple tap
* big letter cards easy to spot
* no frustration: visual and audio prompts in the Learn Mode lead the child step by step through the correct spelling process
* correct spelling technique becomes salient since the app leads the child step by step through spelling allowing dragging one letter at a time in the correct order
* any number of redundant letters: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
* wrong letters become obvious with the help of immediate sound feedback heard after tapping the wrong letter
* repetition of audio prompt helps with hearing and remembering the word and letters.
https://iphone.giveawayoftheday.com/build-a-word-easy-spelling-with-phonics-2/

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