Prof Lecto: A Language Learning App

    Prof Lectro teaches users how to say words in different languages. After launching the app, an introduction for how to use the app is shared by Prof Lectro, a machine-like robot. The app then loads a menu of options, where users can select word lists by a word's size, sound, and length along with a category of sight words. Users can tap on a word list, choose additional options from a sub-menu related to the world list, and then see the words. At this point, users must tap the green “play” button on the bottom of the screen…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8.5
B. Design - 8.8
C. Engagement - 8.3

8.5

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Summary : Prof Lecto: An Interactive App for Stating English & French Words

 
 

Prof Lectro teaches users how to say words in different languages. After launching the app, an introduction for how to use the app is shared by Prof Lectro, a machine-like robot. The app then loads a menu of options, where users can select word lists by a word’s size, sound, and length along with a category of sight words. Users can tap on a word list, choose additional options from a sub-menu related to the world list, and then see the words. At this point, users must tap the green “play” button on the bottom of the screen to advance.

A new screen then loads that shows the word at the bottom of the screen and a “microphone” icon. Users must tap the “microphone” icon, pronounce the word, and then click the “stop” bottom, which replaced the “microphone” icon after it was tapped. If users correctly pronounce the word, they are rewarded with coins. If they mispronounce the word, they get a second chance. If they mispronounce it again, the app will pronounce the word for users, and users must tap the blue “forward” button on the right of the screen to advance to the next word. After users complete a set of words, they can play a game based on the amount of coins they earned from correctly pronouncing the words.

While pronouncing words, users can tap the blue “lined” button to return to the word, and this action will start the activities over again. The “key” button allows users to access a portal to adjust the reading lists. Users will need a student code to utilize this option. For this option, users will need to go to www.proflecto.com and register.

Once registered, teacher users will be able to click the “Student List” heading and add student users to it. After adding student users, all student users will have unique codes that they can enter into the app. Teachers can then click the “Reading Lists” heading followed by the green “add” button to create their own reading lists. Once a reading list is created, student users will be able to access it by logging into the app with their unique code and choosing it from the menu. As student users practice with the words on the reading lists, teacher users will be able to track the progress of their student users by clicking on the “Reading Statistics” menu and viewing the analytics.

Instructional Ideas for Prof Lecto

  1. When learning either the English or French language, teachers can have students use this app to practice their reading and pronunciation of words and phrases.  
  2. After students correctly state a word or phrase presented to them in this app, they can record the word or phrase in Evernote, look up its definition using the Multi Lang dictionary, and add that to their Evernote entry for the word or phrase. As students progress through the app, they can review not only the words and phrase but also their meaning.
  3. Teachers can pair students and have them use the app together. One student can state the word or phrase presented to them by the app, and the other student can use the word in a sentence. Next, after stating the word or phrase in a sentence, the first student can then record it in Evernote.   
  4. Teachers can create a friendly class competition based on this app. To do so, teachers can challenge their students to earn a certain amount of points (e.g., 1,000, 2,500, 5,000) in the app. The students who earn that many points within a specified time frame all earn prizes!
  5. Teachers can allow students to identify words they would like to practice from a text, and teachers can add those words to a customized word list for students to practice. 

Screenshots of Prof Lecto

Ratings of Prof Lecto

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
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

*Blanks indicate that the dimension is not applicable