Sight words are essential for beginning readers to memorize, because they don’t follow the regular phonics rules (words like “they,” “was,” and “have”). Now, there is a revolutionary new app that helps kids learn these important words using the magic of voice recognition. Sight Words - the Future of Flashcards by Sprite Labs, is a universal app (works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) that has the ability to hear your child read a word and give him or her immediate feedback. Educators have been hoping for this technology for a long time, and it is finally available in the App Store. Fun Educational Apps awards Sight Words a Top Pick for its innovation and value as an educational tool.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
What Fun Educational Apps Liked-
A short demonstration movie is accessible from the opening screen; watching it is well worth your time. It offers helpful hints to make the app work better, and it shows you and your child what to expect.
The use of voice recognition in Sight Words is definitely a breakthrough, and we expect that it will become more widely used as the technology continues to be refined. While we were impressed by its overall accuracy, Sight Words is not perfect. Because of variability in the speech of young children, the app sometimes responds incorrectly, either with a false negative (reporting a word as wrong when it wasn’t) or a false positive (reporting a word as right when it was wrong).
Although we did not conduct a scientifically controlled study, we were able to get informal results from real students. For children with highly intelligible speech (about 70-80% of the school population), Sight Words was judged a success for four out of six second grade students who tried it. By a success, we mean that they were able to use the app independently and it responded correctly at least 80% of the time.
For students with mild to moderate speech delays, or those who have a strong dialect, the level of success dropped somewhat lower. Both of these groups would probably still benefit if they had an adult close by to assist them.
For students with moderate to severe speech delays (only about 5% of the school population), the level of success was low enough that it was not considered useful for them. Two suggestions we came up with were the ability to record the child’s voice in the app and the possibility of creating multiple user accounts so each player can save his or her results.
Overall, Sight Words - the Future of Flashcards has lots of potential in the home, homeschool, and school markets. It’s time to throw away those flashcards and recycle those lists. Fun Educational Apps awards Sight Words a Top Pick for using cutting edge technology to improve outcomes for students everywhere.
Sight Words - the Future of Flashcards is availabe for downlaod via the US and Canada iTunes App Store - Universal App -
Julie Peterson is a speech/language pathologist (SLP) currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. Sarah Emmerling is a special education teacher who uses technology in her classroom everyday.
Did you check our 5 a day - Top Apps Gone FREE!
Have Fun With Apps! … Don't miss our next free app offers …. Get it by email now!!!
and if your are looking for the latest kids apps deals see our TOP FREE APPS or search for highly recommended apps download our review app - APPSTAR PICKS