Saturday, February 2, 2013

Android Apps for Challenged Spellers

We understand our readers' need for more educational Android apps and those for the Kindle Fire HD. Unfortunately, these apps are not as plentiful---yet! However, there is every indication that eventually they will be more numerous and may even surpass the number of Apple-compatible apps available today.

For sometime now, having an app selling in the iTunes store was a real accomplishment, but that may be changing, too. Outside the U.S., the use of Android devices is much more prevalent---for Apple, not so much. So, more and more educational Android apps will be developed, tested and released.

As for Kindle Fire HD, it is a new device---so fewer apps may be available at the moment. This, too, will eventually change for the better. Patience for a little longer may be required.

This week, we wanted to provide a collection of spelling apps for Android devices (and 1 for the Kindle Fire). Spelling is very often a serious challenge for struggling readers, contributing to less fluency and poor comprehension. Recently, we have had more than a few requests for Android spelling apps. So we hope this new list of Android spelling apps will address that pressing need.

Android Spelling Apps

Spell Checker (+voice input)---FREE app for Androidsx---Updated January 7, 2013
#1 Spell Checker for Android with more than 2 million and a half downloads! Supports English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and other languages

Kids’ Spelling (Android) Apps---Some apps are FREE here
Short list of Android spelling apps for kids of various age groups

Brilliant Spelling with TUTOR (Lite)---FREE Android app
By Effective Objects
Fun and entertaining app---Good for children with dyslexia or dysgraphia

Brilliant Spelling with TUTOR (FULL version of the above app)---Android app ---Price: $2.99
By Effective Objects
Fun and entertaining app---Good for children with dyslexia or dysgraphia

Spelling Bee Android App---Price: $.99
By Socratica, LLC --- For All Ages---Available instantly for Kindle Fire or Android devices
Spelling Bee is an ideal study aid for children, but it's also great for anyone who wants to improve their spelling skills. It features a database of more than 2,300 English words--along with definitions and clear audio clips of each word's pronunciation--so you can expand your knowledge base quickly and easily.

Happy spelling!

For information on customizable reading tools: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

Source: USAToday article of January 29, 2013, on the growing popularity of Android devices on U.S. college campuses:

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  1. My 15 yo, dylexic son reached for the Android tablet and said, "Let me do it!" as soon as I loaded Brilliant Spelling with tutor. He said, "This is really easy and makes me feel awesome." after finishing five levels in just a few minutes. I know this is first grade level, but building on the basics is a great place to start. He is excited about finding a challenging level.

  2. Dear Janet,

    We are MORE than pleased that your son has found Brilliant Spelling with tutor to help him with the challenges of spelling! We want to thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about this victory in both ability AND self-esteem building for your son! Excellent!

    Do you know about a unique font that can help some individuals with dyslexia (developed by Abbie Gonzalez)? I would be most interested in knowing your son's opinion of it: OpenDyslexic @ . It is FREE and worth a try.

    Again, Janet, many thanks for your great comments! Please thank your son for the input, too!

    Happy reading (and spelling!)

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  4. Calvin,

    Thanks for taking the time to send us this message. We appreciate your positive feedback and hope you will continue to re-visit the blog again and again. More information, resources and support for ALL readers will be forthcoming!

    Happy reading!