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SPELLING MAGIC 1 for Schools

SPELLING MAGIC 1 for Schools



Age Range

Lower Primary

App Type

Learning App

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Bloom's Thinking Process
CreatingBlooms Creating
EvaluatingBlooms Evaluating
AnalysingBlooms Analysing
ApplyingBlooms Applying
UnderstandingBlooms Understanding
RememberingBlooms Remembering
Includes recorded voice
Includes text
Includes images
Review Comments
Spelling Magic includes games to support the phonetic spelling of CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words containing short vowels.
To start, you can choose from three letter words (CVC) containing any short vowel or double letter (ll, ss etc) ending or a random mixture of these.
Word Building
A picture is shown and the letters of the word are scattered. Consonants are coloured red and vowels are blue. The child needs to drag the letters down into the boxes to spell the words.
Moveable Alphabet
A picture is shown and the letters of the alphabet appear at the top of the screen. Consonants are coloured red and vowels are blue. The child needs find the correct letters from the alphabet to drag the letters down into the boxes to spell the sounds in the words.
Pronunciation: The pronunciations are mostly clear and accurate. For children outside of North America, the spelling of mum as mom might be confusing.
Level: All words are shown as single words.
Vocabulary: There are some obscure words such as sod, ref, kit (first aid kit), hid (shows a racoon in a hole), job (boy digging in the snow), tub (bath)
Phonics:  These are short vowel words only.
Letter order: Words can be spelled in any order.
Case: Lower case is used throughout the app.
Use Rank (*)
Spell with Phonics Ranked 17th of 44

(*) This app has been ranked according to its' effectiveness to achieve the learning goals and strategies listed. Some apps may rank highly for achieving a specific use and lower for other uses. Some students will learn and engage with one app more than others, because of the individual nature of us all.

Learning App
Learning apps are designed for a specific purpose. The authors claim to teach a goal, skill or concept.
Bloom's Thinking Process
Bloom's Taxonomy is classification system used to explain the behaviours important in learning. Apps range from simple memory tasks such as flashcards apps through to creative apps which ask students to create an original story or video.
Bloom's Creating
The student creates new ideas, products or ways of viewing things. Activities include making, animating, designing, constructing, planning, producing and inventing.
Bloom's Evaluating
The student justifies a decision or course of action. Activities include counting to check, hypothesising, critiquing, experimenting and judging.
Bloom's Analysing
The student breaks the information into parts to explore understandings and relationships. Activities include explaining, ordering, inferring, comparing and organising.
Bloom's Applying
The student uses the information in a new situation. Activities include implementing, carrying out, using, illustrating, classifying and categorising.
Bloom's Understanding
The student comprehends the new information. Activities include describing, predicting showing understanding use a multiple choice.
Bloom's Remembering
The student recalls information they know. Activities include matching, 'fill in the blank', making a choice, answering using a multiple choice, naming a group.
Learning Connection
How well does the app teach the targeted skill or concept? This is the area where we refer to current research and pedagogy to evaluate the efficacy of the app.
Authenticity looks at the manner in which skills are learnt. Authentic apps use real life or genuine activities. Students learn in context rather than in a contrived or rote fashion (such as flashcards).
Feedback needs to be specific and result in improved performance. Feedback should be supportive and encouraging rather than negative. Data should be available to support decision making.
Differentiation is the ability to customise the app to suit the student. The ability to record you voice, customise text, add pictures and alter settings enables individualisation of the app.
User Friendliness
User friendliness is a measure of how well a student can use the app independently. Some apps are simply intuitive to use. Others include audio or visual prompts which support the student.
All apps are engaging the first time they are played. However, students with diverse learning needs may need to return to the app many times. Motivating apps offer rewards,games or incentives.
Spell with Phonics
These are apps that spell words using letter sounds in a word (as opposed to spelling the word using letter names). There are 44 phonemes or letter sounds in the English language, including letter combinations such as /th/.

Domain Score Details
Learning Connection 4
This app teaches the essential skills of spelling using phonics The authors have tried very hard not to add a schwa or neutral vowel to the consonants.
Authenticity 2
Children show their phonics ability by spell using phonics by dragging down letters to spell the words.
Feedback 1
When the child is correct, they hear classical music.  When incorrect, the letter returns back to it's original position.
Differentiation 1
In the settings are, you can choose to turn off the letter sounds, hints, double letter helper and completion music.
User Friendliness 3
The child moves through the activities be pressing the forward arrow.
Motivation 2
The child may need additional motivators to return to this app on several occasions.
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Developer's Description
SPELLING MAGIC 1 can help your child’s future reading success.

SPELLING MAGIC 1 focuses on CVC (consonant - vowel - consonant) words, such as cat, box and pig. In the first part of the app, the words are categorized by middle vowel sounds. In the second part of the app, the words are sorted by categories rather than by vowel sound.

SPELLING MAGIC 1 has over 245 words to interest your child, and help them learn how to build CVC words and help them with their blending and segmenting skills.

The DELUXE version gives several choices in the options menu including;
Two types of voices
Three types of fonts
Two letter color styles
A special feature to connect the letters together.
Over 185 additional words from the free version.

This app focuses on the skill of learning to build words with three phonemes using short vowel words. This app can also help your child learn the sounds of the alphabet. This app indirectly teaches the essential reading skill of segmenting as well. Two levels of challenge are available. 

The first part of the app has a limited alphabet for building words. 

The second part of this app has the entire alphabet available for building words. 

Please note that the purpose of this app is to provide many opportunities for practicing building CVC words. On account of this, there are words in this app that are not in the everyday vocabulary of the young learners using this app. Use this as an opportunity to build vocabulary. The pictures when tapped will always say the sound of the word that the app is asking user to build.

This app has been tested and approved of by preschoolers.
A team of educators using accelerated learning techniques and Montessori principles developed this app. It has been tested and approved of by preschool children. The children loved it and it helped them learn the letter sounds. Please give us your feedback and suggestions.

Disclaimer: The evaluations and rankings information provided here are based solely on the opinion of the author and are for informational purposes only. Families should seek professional advice before making decisions regarding interventions for their child.