Starfall FREE

[asa_item id="707189889"] Starfall is a comprehensive collection of texts and activities for developing young users’ early literacy and numeracy skills. On the app’s main screen, there is a wide variety of songs, texts, and activities for users to engage. Each piece of content uses vivid images coupled with simple directions, which makes engaging the content intuitive. Many of the math activities require users to respond to questions. If users respond incorrectly, the app lets them answer again. Other activities present text – songs, stories, tongue twisters, and poems – to users, and the app typically presents both the text and…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.5
B. Design - 6.9
C. Engagement - 7.4

6.9

Starfall: A Best App for Early Learning

Summary : Makes Early Literacy and Numeracy Engaging

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Starfall is a comprehensive collection of texts and activities for developing young users’ early literacy and numeracy skills. On the app’s main screen, there is a wide variety of songs, texts, and activities for users to engage. Each piece of content uses vivid images coupled with simple directions, which makes engaging the content intuitive. Many of the math activities require users to respond to questions. If users respond incorrectly, the app lets them answer again. Other activities present text – songs, stories, tongue twisters, and poems – to users, and the app typically presents both the text and a narration of the text.

Please Note: Users can only access a limited amount of the app’s content for free. Users must subscribe to the app by becoming a member to access all of its the content.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can put students in small groups and have them all view a story or song in this app. Afterwards, teachers can ask the group members to summarize the text and have them explain what they liked or did not like about the text. As teachers and students discuss, teachers need to have students refer to the text to support their responses.
  2. Teachers can have students select a book from the “Talking Library” and have the app read it to them. After the app reads a sentence, teachers can require students to read back the sentence to the app. This activity will help develop students’ word recognition and fluency skills.
  3. To begin building their numeracy skills, teachers can have students complete the math-based activities. As they do, teachers can ask students what they learned. As students progress, teachers can transfer students to practice the skills they learned from the app to paper-and-pencil based activities.
  4. To begin engaging the app on a personal level, teachers can have students tap the “Child” icon and complete the “Who Am I” activity, which requires students to input information about themselves into the app.
  5. After students are presented a number or letter in this app, teachers can have students find that amount of objects that relate to the number or objects that start with that letter in the classroom.
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

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