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Phonic genius is a good app for practicing phonic sounds .

Each child can proceed at his own pace. Each phonic sound has multiple examples.
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Great for Teaching Rules of Phonics

This app is somewhat boring. It is great to work on sounds, but it only reads the words. The students lose interest quickly. It does not have fun colors or graphics. It is not a fun app for students. It is an informative app to use to further understanding of what they are learning.
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A Solid & Effective Phonics App

This is an excellent standalone phonics app. This one is not one of those where you download and get stuck after 10 minutes, because you've completed the free content. It has PAGES and PAGES of content for phonics. It's amazing how much is in this app.
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This app is great for students in grade 1-6 who need additional exposure to phonics and multi-syllabic words.

Often times, students have difficulty applying basic phonics skills and patters to more difficult and multi-syllabic words. I really liked how this app allows students to use basic phonetic patterns in simple and more complex words. The students I used this with were eager to see the next word and were engaged in trying to decode the more difficult words. It was nice to use an app that had words sorted into the various vowel patterns, blends, and digraphs already.
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I like the more advanced phonics practice this app provides.

I used this with a emerging 3rd grader to reinforce phonics. He liked listening to himself decode the words and how the sounds we are working on are highlighted.
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Learn and review the sounds of the English language

Phonics Genius is a great app for exploring a wide variety of phonemes: both how they sound when spoken aloud and how they look when written. Phonemes are the building blocks for the sounds in a particular language and are made up by a single letter (e.g., “b”) or a combination of letters (e.g., “th”). A strong point of this app is its flexibility in allowing an endless number of phonemes and phoneme combinations; in fact, as a user, you can even make your own additions and record your own voice. There are two modes: "learn" mode (in which the user hears words spoken and sees them in print on the screen with the phoneme of interest highlighted in red), and "game" mode (in which the user hears a word spoken and must choose that word from among a list of 2 to 6 different words, again with the phoneme of interest highlighted in red). Unfortunately, switching between the two modes, accessing the other options on the settings menu, and finding the 226 pre-loaded phonemes and phoneme combinations takes a bit of hunting around. For example, the app opens on a screen showing a blackboard with 30 phonemes to choose from and there is a small, barely visible indicator on the bottom of the screen showing that there are 10 additional screens with more phonemes. There is also a settings button in the upper right-hand corner and an information button in the upper left-hand corner, which turns out to be a guide to figuring out how to use the settings menu. This app could be more user-friendly if it included a simple introduction screen with basic instructions on how to use the app and what it offers, and/or had numbered screens so that users could easily and quickly recognize that there are many more phonemes available and know exactly where they are in the app when scrolling through the screens and/or if the information for how to use the app and play with the settings was included together with the settings menu. The simplicity with which the app presents the sounds of the English language is great for students learning to read, students with special needs or language/reading delays, and students learning to speak English. However, the app’s simple layout and presentation mean there is nothing to distract users from the learning content, but also means that using it can quickly get repetitive and monotonous. Because there is nothing exciting about this very simple flash card-like style, some students may quickly lose interest.
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Language literacy teacher's dream for teaching phonics

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.
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