Saturday, February 9, 2013

BEST Apple-Compatible Apps for Challenged Spellers

For iPhone, iPod touch & iPad

Last week's published article here included apps to help challenged spellers with Android devices. Since that time, we have been receiving requests to give equal time and attention to those struggling spellers with Apple-compatible devices, such as iPhones, iPads, etc. There is a significant need for educational apps compatible for both platforms, but spelling apps currently appear to be in particular demand.

As a result, we have been researching well-reviewed and recently-updated, Apple-compatible apps for those of you who need frequent help with correct spelling. So, without further ado, here is our "BEST" list of these apps for you:

BEST Apple-Compatible Apps for Challenged Spellers

Spelling Bee Challenge---by Galaxyreach, LLC (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later ---Over 13,000 words on 10 different levels with increasing degrees of difficulty---The words are split based on word length. Words are arranged in groups of 4-5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 or more letters.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spelling-bee-challenge/id435201514?mt=8

Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop HD---by Marcel Widarto (Price: $2.99)
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Appropriate for younger children. This app will help your child learn sight words through seeing, hearing and spelling. The three different game modes (Flash Card, Word Challenge and Spelling) will guide your child through the different stages of learning the sight words.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sight-words-spelling-pixopop/id520191544?mt=8

American Wordspeller---by i.m. Press (Price: $4.99) (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad & requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Looking up a word in a dictionary isn’t that simple if you have no idea how to spell it. This app removes that problem and employs a method that lets you much more easily pinpoint how to spell just about any word.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/american-wordspeller/id397617771?mt=8

Typ-O HD-Writing is for Everybody!---by SecondGuess ApS (Price: $14.99) (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad & requires iOS 5.1 or later.
This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Updated: Feb. 2, 2013---Poor spellers can rejoice over this great application that helps spell words correctly in any typing-related program for iPhone or iPad.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/typ-o-hd-writing-is-for-everybody!/id372971659?mt=8

A1 Spelling App---By Power Math Apps (Price: FREE) (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
This application is a great way to help poor spellers begin to learn the correct spelling of common words, increasing difficulty as kids master words.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a1-spelling-app-free/id438784501?mt=8

Rocket Speller---by Little Big Thinkers (Price: FREE) (Ages 3-7)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Updated: Jan. 23, 2013--- Rocket Speller is a fun and engaging spelling app for 3-7 year olds now with 5 levels of difficulty. Educators, occupational therapists, special education teachers, and parents agree that kids are engaged and learning with this app.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rocket-speller/id492504689?mt=8


SoundLiteracy---by 3D Literacy, LLC (Price: $24.99—expensive but could be worth it with a portion of the proceeds from this app going to the Dyslexia Association) (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
This app is incredibly useful to many, employing the Orton-Gillingham method to help students recognize the spellings of English phonemes.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundliteracy/id409347075?mt=8

Spell Trekking---by Centra Professional Services Limited (Price: $1.99) (Ages 5-12)
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Updated: Dec 13, 2012
The multi-sensory lessons in this app make reading and spelling easy and fun, even if your child has struggled with learning before. Based on a proven system developed and used successfully over the last 25 years, this simple but brilliant intervention app will build independent learning and improve self-confidence for every user.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spell-trekking/id547625622?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


Merriam-Webster Dictionary---by Merriam-Webster, Inc. (Price: FREE) (ALL Ages)
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
When spelling is a problem, it’s always a good idea to have a really great dictionary on hand. This app from Merriam-Webster can provide that.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id399452287?mt=8

For information on customizable reading tools:
www.FocusandRead.com Tools for struggling readers of all ages!
www.BrennanInnovators.com Info & support for struggling readers
314-892-3897

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