I Learn with Fun — Phonics

Free! I Learn with Fun – Phonics teaches letters’ sounds and simple words using plain graphics and word games. When the app is launched, users can select if they want to view words by length (e.g., 3-, 4-, or 5-letter words), words by category (e.g., food), or play a word game. If users choose words by length or category, they will be presented with a flashcard that shows a word and image of the word on it. The app will then pronounce the word, followed by the sound of the word’s first letter, and then it will repeat the word.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5.3
B. Design - 6.7
C. Engagement - 6.3

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An Easy-To-Use App for Phonics Instruction

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I Learn with Fun – Phonics teaches letters’ sounds and simple words using plain graphics and word games. When the app is launched, users can select if they want to view words by length (e.g., 3-, 4-, or 5-letter words), words by category (e.g., food), or play a word game. If users choose words by length or category, they will be presented with a flashcard that shows a word and image of the word on it. The app will then pronounce the word, followed by the sound of the word’s first letter, and then it will repeat the word. Control arrows are available at the bottom of screen so users can move through the cards. If users choose a game option, they are presented with an interactive format in which they engage simple letter and word recognition activities. This app is supported by ads, and ads appear on the sides of multiple screens.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students view 3-, 4-, or 5-letter words in this app. After students have engaged the app for 3 – 5 minutes, teachers can ask a student what words and/or letters he or she has viewed, with the goal of beginning a conversation about letters and letter sounds.
  2. After students have engaged this app for a period of time (5 – 15 minutes), teachers can have the alphabet written on the board. The teacher can then point to a letter in the alphabet, ask the class what sound the letter makes, and what words start with that letter.
  3. After reviewing letters, letter sounds, and simple words, teachers can have students play the “Word It” game, in which students are required to spell the word shown in the image and pronounced by the app. As they play the game, teachers can make sweeps of the room to monitor students and provide support as needed.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

Screenshots

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