This spelling app is useful for parents who wish to make studying words at home more enjoyable
Super Speller is an easy to use and customizable app to help children memorize their spelling words. On the most basic level, you create a spelling test by recording your voice saying a word and entering the correct spelling. Once the spelling list has been created, the child can do practice activities and take a test to see how well they know their spelling words.
Both parents and teachers can utilize the app for spelling lessons. Spelling lists can be shared with other app users and results can be saved to show teachers how well the student is doing with their vocabulary.
The Super Speller app was simple to operate and I was able to create a test in mere minutes. A chalkboard graphic makes words easy to read and lends an academic feel. Prompts that require finger taps for progression worked fine and I did not note any buggy issues such as force closing or frozen screens.
Although the age recommended by the developer is five, it may be a little too advanced for the kindergarten set. However, most other grades in elementary school can benefit from the app as they incorporate their spelling lists into the different activities.
Practice mode is what parents will use to prep the child for the main event: the spelling test. After creating and managing tests in the respective menus, you can move on to other areas. A single pre-loaded spelling list comes with the app if you want to try out some of the features before making your own test. When you’re ready to add your own list, click the mic key to record your voice and type the corresponding word before moving onto the next field. There doesn’t seem to be any restrictions placed on the length of the spelling test.
A clear whiteboard with a smiley face icon is found in practice mode. In this mode, you can receive hints on how to correctly spell the words. A crossword puzzle can also be generated using the words entered into the particular spelling list.
It’s test time
This is the portion of the app that can make a significant difference in how well your child does on her spelling tests. The test portion will save results to allow you to monitor which words she needs more work on. You’ll also be able to track progress between each test.
During the test portion, you can determine the difficulty level of the exam. This will include the option of whether or not to provide the smiley face hints during testing. The words can also be shuffled to vary the order of words between each test. A timer is also available in case you want to limit how much time she has to complete the spelling test.
Overall, students will feel engaged by having a personalized recording to prompt each spelling word. They’ll also receive rewards via the smiley face icon and the balloons that can be popped at the end of the spelling test.
|Good Point||A smiley face icon in the practice section makes facial expressions in order to give your child hints on how well she’s spelling the current word.|
|Bad Point||With basic functions and graphics, the $2.99 price tag may seem like a tad much.|
|Comment & Tip||Ask your child to record her own voice for spelling tests in order to practice her spelling words while using the app.|
|Price||$2.99||Latest Update||May 13, 2012|
|User Age||5 and up||Category||Education|
|Size||13.1MB||OS||iOS 5.0 or later|
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