Like the Keyboard Fun and TypeAWord apps, this is another take on the learning of the alphabet, spelling and learning of the keyboard. The app has been created by Occupational Therapist, Susan Hossack and has been very well thought through. We have given the app 5 Stars.
Once you have worked through the Keyboard Fun app or Type your children have all ready familiarised themselves with the alphabet, this is a good app to practice spellings and also to work on using the keyboard effectively and quickly.
This app measures the number of correct answers (spellings) that learners get as well as taking into account how fast they type!
Prior to starting, learners can set the keyboard to alphabetical or “QWERTY” mode in the “Settings “ section. The idea is to either practice with the order of the alphabet or to follow the traditional keyboard mode (you can also choose whether you would like to display the numbers or not). The aim of the game is to type the word that appears on the screen so that learners get used to the keyboard. When each letter is typed, a pre-recorded voice-over says the letter and a word that begins with the letter that the learner has just typed. This makes it easier to find the letter in the keyboard too. The mission is to spell out the same word as quickly as possible as the results are measuring how quickly the answer is displayed. The idea is that children will, not only learn the spellings of words but, also practice how to type them out quickly.
We noticed that in the “Settings” section, you can change the spelling lists so that you either have the standard lists or you can type in your own. This means you can create specific spelling lists each week.
We noticed that in “Settings” you are able to set the extent to which you want the app to help the learner or not. For example, you can decide whether you would like there to be an audio cue of the letters, whether you would like the pictures that associate with each letter to appear (e.g. Teddy for “T” and xylophone for “X”). You can also turn on or off 'ignore errors'. Initially, the child can get success even if the hit the wrong keys. It will beep if the wrong key is pressed (or you can turn off the beep!) but it does not get put on the screen. Once they are progressing, you can turn off this feature, now if they type the wrong letter they must delete it to get success. These settings make the usage of the app harder or easier.
Words can be displayed in order or at random ('jump' button on screen).
A nice feature is that the keys on the keyboard can be coloured to make finding letters easier. They can be coloured by line, by fingering, or by left/right (in “Settings”)
Overall, we really enjoyed using the app. It is very practical and the idea to get children learning the alphabet and spellings whilst also considering how to interact with the keyboard is ingenious. This is a jolly good app!
From the Developer
This app is designed by an Occupational Therapist to help children with physical or learning disabilities identify where keys are on the keyboard, then learn to type and spell. In this app , each word in a spelling list is presented, then each letter is shown onscreen. Once a match has been found on the keyboard a fun picture is shown and sound to match it, this will reinforce the letter. You can change the spelling list of words easily, so that the week's word list can be practiced, or insert Dolch words at the touch of a button. The keyboard is shown with the key to be pressed highlighted, or you can select to hide all keys except the required key.
Keys can be colored to match the keyboard. Color the whole keyboard; color each line separately; color for left/right hands; or match the BigKeys(c) multi-color keyboard. Errors are ignored initially to make success easier.
This app is compatible with both the IPAD on-screen keyboard, and with standard or BigKeys© keyboards. Supports BigKeys multicolor keyboards, and alphabetic layout keyboards.
Select US or UK pronunciation of the letter Z!
-Suitable for students with autism, physical or learning disabilities
-Motivate and reinforce learning
-Large visuals and sound to adapt for poor vision
-Grade the task for progress
-Display UPPER or lower case
-Color the display keys to match your keyboard
-Data collection included
Please take a look at other keyboarding apps by OT-CARE:
Type-A-Word - Lite