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See Words: Teacher

Tracing, Stories, Phonics, ABC

  • iPad
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About See Words: Teacher

Use the See Words:School programme teacher and student apps to support your class or groups in learning to read.  It eases the administrative burden on teachers and provides children with useful and stimulating tasks to help their reading skills grow.

Teacher Review

There would be no point in reviewing just the See Words: Teacher app or just the See Words: Student app.  They are two sides of the same coin that together form the whole.  Combined, they support children and teachers by providing a supportive framework in which to learn and a record-keeping system that helps to monitor and asses progress.

The Student App

The set up of the children's app is likely to be done by the teacher.  This app needs to know to which teacher account it is linked. This is done quite straightforwardly by the use of a code obtained within the set-up process of the teacher app.

When children come to use this app they select their teacher, the group or class to which they belong, and then their name.  Each child's area is freely accessible without a password, which makes sense for an app for those who cannot read, but it does leave the risk of children using the account of another child and thereby polluting the data already recorded.  This is solvable by teachers taking care to support children as they log in.  

Teachers may wish to consider whether they want their email address to show alongside their identity in the children's app.  This can be disabled but the option to do so is not made clear during the set-up process and you have to go back into the settings to do this.

The tasks that children complete are varied in their type and in how they develop young learners' skills.  The features of the device are put to good use as children trace letter shapes on the screen, speak words or sounds into the microphone, drag and drop answers, and use the keyboard.  Each task is well suited to the method of input and they are varied enough to keep children interested.  Short but frequent sessions on the app are ideal and its activities are perfectly matched to this approach.

The tasks are intelligent as well and do not take the broad sweep approach to accuracy of some competing apps.  For example, when asked to find letters that make a short 'i' sound, the letter in the word 'little' is accepted but not in the word 'size'.  This distinction is important but creating it makes the developers' job much harder than it would be to just mark a single letter as being correct in all cases.

This care and attention to detail in regards to ensuring the educational integrity of the app is visible throughout. There is a consistency to the app's interactions that means that children who still struggle with reading can learn what they have to do in each situation.  Many of the tasks are accompanied by a recorded human voice that explains the tasks and sets the challenge.  In a few places, the voice used is synthesised and this can be a little less clear although that, perhaps, depends on the accents that the user is most familiar with hearing.

There is no requirement for children to remember to save or synchronize their work.  This is done automatically by the app when connected to Wi-Fi although another process is available for when there is no connection but which is a little more involved.

The Teacher App

There are two main uses for the teacher's app.  Firstly, there is the set up of the See Words: School program which involves adding the users and defining the lesson plans.   There are no bulk import tools for class lists but inputting teachers and students is easy and quick.  

The app comes prepopulated with lesson plans that are compliant with the US Common Core curriculum and informed by Orton-Gillingham phonics.  Should your school follow a different curriculum but one based on similar principles, you can easily tweak each lesson to match your preferences.  The introduction of different concepts and the progression through them are likely to be familiar to most teachers of reading so there will probably be only minimal adjustments needed.

The second purpose of the teacher's app is to assess and monitor the students as they work through the exercises.  Data from each student's sessions are fed back to the teacher app.  There, you can examine what has been done as well as useful metrics such as time taken, number of attempts, and anything else relevant to the particular exercise.

A feature built into this app that is not one often seen is an alternative to synchronising the accounts through Wi-Fi.  Any teacher who has used technology in the classroom will know the frustration and problems that can occur when everything does not work well.

Should you find that you are working with your group in a part of the school where there is a weak or non-existent Wi-Fi connection, you can do a manual synchronisation using BlueTooth directly between devices.  It isn't quite as convenient as the cloud/automatic synchronisation but it is a great back up to ensure your lesson goes to plan. 

The teacher app does exactly what you would expect and does so in a clear and organised manner.  You get useful feedback and are left free from marking and recording, leaving you to spend your time directly supporting children.

The Package

Both of these apps come together to form an effective and user-friendly method by which to support young learners as they develop their reading skills.  There is a broad range of subscription options that ensure each school can choose the one that best suits it.  

Introducing the See Words: School programme to a school is supported through an informative website and some useful videos that explain the setting up of the apps and how they are used.  For any teacher considering this app for their school, you can get a good idea of how this package works by watching these short but informative videos.

There are quite a few apps that aim to develop some aspect of learning to read but few that are as comprehensive or useful as See Words: School. 

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The future of helping kids learn to read is here. You can now help more kids succeed in developing reading skills.

This learn to read app is aligned with Orton-Gillingham methods and reinforces what’s learned in the classroom with interactive tracing activities, spelling and engaging stories.

See Word Reading uses fundamental steps for helping kids learn to read in 14 engaging lessons using proven multisensory methods and phonics.

This app is simple, straightforward and allows you to handle the wide range of skills in your classroom at once.

“I loved that it started with a letter and guided them through the steps of reading from tracing to finding the sound and then spelling. Sometimes we give the kids too much. This was just right.”
- Annie, Kindergarten teacher


Teachers have the ability to distribute customized curriculum to their class through the student version of the app. For example if a student struggles with a particular sound or group, a custom lesson can be created and pushed to that student’s iPad. Plus, it allows teachers to collect data to track progress, identify struggles and add support where needed. The teacher tool delivers pre-programmed lessons plus the ability to create profiles for students.


See Word Reading provides pre-programmed lessons covering the fundamental sounds needed in the correct order to learn to read.

In level 1, students start with tracing letters and saying the sounds. Students can hear their own voice shared back to them. This allows them to hear the common sounds.

In level 2, readers build words using word families and the sounds they learned in the first level. This interactive practice reinforces what they just learned.

In level 3 of this reading app, your student will spell words with sound tiles. Tapping the sound tiles reveals the picture hints that they first saw and heard in level 1.

In level 4, a story is read aloud to your pre-k or kindergarten student as the print is highlighted. The student is able to follow along with the words of the story. Your student is then prompted to interact with the story by touching the letters that correspond to a spoken phoneme or letter sound. This turns it into an interactive educational game of beat the clock.

The teacher app draws back data for your review. Plus you can create customized lessons.

Ages: 3 to 6

“It helps kids learn the correct letter formation. Other apps let you trace the letter but they just keep going. With See Word Reading, they learned to make the letters the right way.”
- Carol, mother of a Pre-K student


See Word Reading works. Just 15 minutes a day has been proven to boost word identification, spelling and writing skills.


Winner of the Cincinnati Innovates Award and an Excellence in Academics Award from the Ohio Board of Education for 21st Century After School Programs, this See Word Reading app is powered by a vote of confidence from the Ohio Third Frontier.


- Bring joy back to learning for at-risk kids
- Manage large classrooms and disparate skill levels
- Help struggling readers reach goals with proven step-by-step tools
- Leverage “app time” to promote good behavior
- Practice sessions in about 15 minutes per day
- Trace letters
- Say and hear phonics sounds
- Reinforce sound-to-letter correspondence
- Practice spelling
- Build vocabulary
- Learn phonics inside the context of stories
- Can be used for whole-classroom instruction
- Perfect for small groups or after-school sessions


See Word Reading App for Teachers comes with with a companion app, See Word Reading for Students as a separate download. The 14 pre-programmed lessons are included and you can create an unlimited number of custom lessons.

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