Complete the Words

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 11.46.07 AMThis app provides young learners with an opportunity to match print words with both oral and visual versions.  It is divided into 3 activities: Shapes, Letters, and Words.

Shape Matching – The objective is to drag the colored object from the bottom of the screen to its card that contains the word and a black-and-white image of the same object.  The name of the object is stated each time you tap it in order to drag it to its correct spot.  Although the name of this activity is “Shape Matching” and traditional shapes (star, hexagon, triangle, circle) are shown above the title for it, students are actually matching objects, not shapes.  Sample objects include a fence, letter, and bicycle.

Letter Matching – Students need to drag the missing letter from the bottom of the screen to its card that contains the rest of the letters and a color image of the object.  Unfortunately, when each letter is tapped the app says the name of the object it’s supposed to be dragged to, instead of stating the letter or the sound the letter makes.

Word Matching – This activity requires students to drag the word to its card that contains dashes to represent letters and a colored image of the object.  Like in ‘Letter Matching’ each word is read when it is tapped.  From there, students have to simply drag it to the card that contains the picture of the stated object.

Verbal feedback (such as, “Great”) is given in all 3 activities for correct answers.

‘Smudge Mark’ is the name of the reports section where you can access the total number of correct and incorrect responses.  The data can easily be cleared.  Note that it only stores information for one user.

At this price point, I expect this app to do much more.  Specifically, I wish it had the ability to make the 3 activities more challenging.  For example, it would be beneficial if the black-and-white images of the objects in ‘Shapes Matching’ could be removed.  Then students would be required to match the picture of a cup with the word that says “cup”, rather than simply matching the colored cup to its black-and-white version.  Sure you can mute the mobile device in order to make the app more challenging, but these types of options should also be built into the Settings menu.

Currently the only two options in Settings is ‘Use only CVC words’ and ‘Use Open Dyslexic font’.  I am not familiar with Open Dyslexic font, but I didn’t notice a discernible difference after enabling it.

A lite (free) version of the app is also available.

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