Teacher Review for Learn the Alphabet (ABCs)

Just the letters, ma'am. App has potential, but is overshadowed by ads & Youtube.

Eva H.
Technology coordinator
Pascagoula-Gautier School District
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My Rating
Learning Scores
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
Apps that focus on the alphabet are always a great resources in PreK - 1st grade classrooms. Students are not only identifying the letters, but also the letter sounds and connecting the two skills. This app focuses on just learning the letters. There are five sections in this app: Sing-A-Long, Letters, Tap It! Game, ABC Videos, and More Kids Videos. Sing-A-Long - The app sings the alphabet song to the students and shows each letter. Letters - This section shows each letter of the alphabet in the upper and lower case. The letter name is said. Tap It! Game - The students listen to the letter called out and tap it. While this is a good game, there are no settings to allow for differentiation. All of the students may not be ready to identify a letter among five or six other letters. There is instant feedback. If the correct letter is selected, praise is given. If the incorrect letter is selected, the letter selected is named, it disappears, and the desired letter is called out again. ABC Videos & More Kids Videos - This section contains alphabet videos located in YouTube. Students can quickly get lost by clicking on another video. The idea of having a video is good because it touches on multiple modalities, but the way in which they are presented does cause some concern. This is not an app I would let students use without adult supervision. There are ads within the app and the videos are in YouTube, two things young students do not need to play around with. This app would benefit students who need help identifying the letters of the alphabet. They can focus on just the letter identification and not get frustrated with the letter sounds. The videos could be a resource your advance student model. Let students create their own alphabet video and keep them in a class collection for other students to use as a reference. This is also a great way to see if the students understand the concept based on the video created.
My Take
Overall, I was not completely impressed with this app. I think if the ads were removed and the videos were accessible without the opening of YouTube, I would be more willing to suggest this app for student use. The concept of learning the alphabet is there and presented in different ways, but the ads and YouTube overshadow the learning concept.