How I Use It
Teachers of English Language Arts could use this app along with their instruction, as reinforcement to instruction, and also for small group and individual students drill and practice. I would use this app with pre-service teachers in language literacy courses, with in-service teachers seeking professional development, and in technology integration courses where pre-service students are immersed in the partnership of pedagogy and technology integration. As such, these teachers would go into our schools and expose students to this learning tool. It's a great app for engaging students in what would normally be a boring activity; however, this tool actually makes learning fun.
The degree of customization available with this app is excellent. Not only are all sounds categorized on cards, each category can be supplemented with more words or restricted with less words. Audio can be turned on or off so students can listen to the correct pronunciation, record their pronunciation, and/or compare the two pronunciation. Definitely a plus for English Language Learners and English as a Second Language students. The customization feature makes this an app that can be used as early as with pre-school children. It's simplistically designed and can be implemented in several play modes including play mode: learning and play mode: games. Looping can be engaged as well as capitalization of pre-selected words. Visually challenged students can be accommodated as font size and color can be easily adjusted. The degree to which a teacher can personalize this app is limited only by the teacher's creativity. It's important to note that any teacher could use the app as is (6,000 words) which means setup is less than 5 minutes. However, a creative teacher would invest 20-30 minutes to customize this app with additional words to increase student engagement, time on task, and overall focus on mastering phonetics which adds in overall reading ability. The teacher can add his/her voice to each recorded sound and 24-hour support is available via email.