Prof Lecto: A Language Learning App

Prof Lecto is an app that provides users with practice for saying English and French words and phrases. After launching the app and giving it permission to access their device’s microphone, users are presented a word or phrase. They are then to tap the “Microphone” icon on the bottom of the screen, state the word, and then tap the “Stop” button on the bottom of the screen. The app will then provide users instant feedback regarding if they correctly or incorrectly stated the word or phrase. Users have three opportunities to state the word or phrase correctly. If…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 7.8
C. Engagement - 7.4

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

Prof Lecto is an app that provides users with practice for saying English and French words and phrases. After launching the app and giving it permission to access their device’s microphone, users are presented a word or phrase. They are then to tap the “Microphone” icon on the bottom of the screen, state the word, and then tap the “Stop” button on the bottom of the screen. The app will then provide users instant feedback regarding if they correctly or incorrectly stated the word or phrase. Users have three opportunities to state the word or phrase correctly. If they are unable to state it correctly after the third attempt, an “Ear” icon will appear at the bottom of the screen that users can tap to hear the app state the word or phrase correctly. As users state the words and phrases correctly, they earn points and opportunities to play mini-games within the app.  Users are able to change the language of the words and phrases, from English to French or French to English, and increase or reduce their complexity by tapping the blue “Lined” button on the bottom left of the screen. A menu will appear that allows users to choose the complexity of the words or phrases they wish to engage. They can change the language in which they receive feedback from the app by tapping the flag on the bottom of the screen. If users are stuck on a word or phrase, they can tap the “Fast Forward” button on the bottom of the screen to progress to the next one.

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!
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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