iSort Words by Dactyl Applications focuses on the basic reading skill of word families. The app has three mini-games and an explore section working on this topic. Students can push, sort, and swipe their way through the largest amount of word parts I've ever seen. With progress monitoring, this app can also be used for basic assessment by parents and teachers, too.
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Each game has three levels, each progressively harder. The first time users play, an easy to follow tutorial guides students through the game. The Push Sort activity asks users to push a collection of words to one of the top guide words or the trash by sorting them by word families. In the Swipe Sort, players are given a word family and then must swipe through the flying words that match that group. Don't cut the words that don't fit though, three strikes and you are out! In Speed Sort, children are shown a four square with a word in the middle. In three seconds, players must read and sort the middle word into the matching word family box. After each game, players get a report that tells the time, accuracy, score, and trouble words.
The Explore option is a way for students to practice word families without the speed or game aspect. After choosing a vowel, users select a floating word family from a word cloud scene. Each word family comes on screen with all of the beginning sounds that can be combined with it to create new words. The amount of different words created is impressive.
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This is a really good app for practicing word building skills. The sheer amount of words generated is impressive; there were definitely some I hadn't thought of. The games are quick and engaging. I liked the scaffolded levels with increasing difficulty. The Swipe Sort game was a hit at our house because of its similarity to Fruit Ninja. I also really liked the Explore option. The floating word cloud and bouncing letters created an interactive way to create words. As a parent, I liked being able to add different users and monitoring the mastery level of each and every word family.
Overall, iSort Words is a fun way for kids to practice a task that can sometimes be boring. The mini-games were engaging and quick - perfect for elementary aged students. Parents can hand over this app and be assured that their children are learning something from all that swiping.
iSort Words is available for downlaod via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, there are no in app purchase, ads, or external links within the app.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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