Ollie’s Handwriting & Phonics for iPad

Ollie’s Handwriting & Phonics teaches users to write letters and simple words while building their phonetic awareness. From the app’s home screen, users can choose if they want to practice writing capital letters, lowercase letters, or words. If a type of letter is selected, the app says the letter’s name, a word that starts with the letter, and the sound it makes. Next, the app models how to write it before giving users an opportunity to do so. When a word is selected, the app pronounces the word first before presenting each letter of the word by modeling…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 8.4
C. Engagement - 8

7.5

Learn Letter Sounds and How to Write Them Too!

7

Ollie’s Handwriting & Phonics teaches users to write letters and simple words while building their phonetic awareness. From the app’s home screen, users can choose if they want to practice writing capital letters, lowercase letters, or words. If a type of letter is selected, the app says the letter’s name, a word that starts with the letter, and the sound it makes. Next, the app models how to write it before giving users an opportunity to do so. When a word is selected, the app pronounces the word first before presenting each letter of the word by modeling how to write it and the sound it makes.

Please note: Users must purchase the app to gain access to all letters and words.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students practice their handwriting while developing their phonetic awareness simultaneously using this app. To do so, teachers need to set aside a period of time (e.g., 5, 10, or 15 minutes) for students to engage the app. Then, teachers must model how to use the app before allowing students to practice independently. As they do so, teachers need to make sweeps of the room to ensure that students are using the app correctly.
  2. Teachers can use this app to build students’ background knowledge of letter sounds. First, teachers can have students practice writing letters using this app. Next, teachers can transfer students from the app to the classroom community by showing students a letter and then having them write it on a piece of paper. After the letter is written, teachers can have students turn to a shoulder partner. The first partner can say the sound that the letter makes, and the second partner can say a word that starts with the letter.
  3. After becoming proficient writing letters, teachers can have students practice finding words that start with specific letters. To do so, teachers can connect their iPad to a projector to show students a letter from this app. Teachers can then pass out copies of a text. Students will have to read or scan the text to find words that start with the letter being projected. After all students have searched, teachers can have students share their findings with a shoulder partner or the class.
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

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