Literacy for the iPad

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Reading, writing, listening and speaking, viewing and representing.


Literacy contains the education-approved handwriting fonts used in all UK, US, Australia and New Zealand schools.


Literacy is 'open scaffold' by design. Literacy, while building on some features in
School Writing, delivers many new unique features more suitable for advanced learning. Literacy is a toolkit that simply delivers.


Create your own lessons (scrolling sentences - 12 screens wide) with sounds, images and text and have the students respond via writing or recording audio.


Literacy comes packed with example lessons and Whiteboard activities that demonstrate the flexibility of the app. Literacy uses the available technologies within the iPad well.


Completed lessons can be automatically emailed to the teacher or parent with the student’s tracings and recordings included.


The ‘Whiteboard’ section allows a teacher to draw or import images, with unique audio instructions for tracing or interacting with.


Literacy relies on the ability of the teacher or parent to review the student's work and provide recognition and reward for good work or effort, so the ‘bells and whistles’ are kept to a minimum. This evaluation is assisted with features such as the ‘Reset’ button having a counter; traces that are not automatically erased after the app is closed and traces that can be 'replayed'.


Create, save and share your own word lessons, and profiles, with complete control over the management of the lessons, the app and student profiles. Full import and export functions are included for iPad classrooms including Bluetooth file transfers, save and share via email, web, dropbox and iTunes.


Lock the app into a restricted student mode. In student mode, word lessons cannot be created or deleted and profiles cannot be changed. Other options are available depending on your choices. These include access to the settings and access to any external links.




Press and Reviews

October, 2012
Link to review
Sarah’s Opinion - 





Verdict

I love this App. I love all the Demografix apps because, along with all the great activities provided with the app, I can make it do exactly what I need it to do. This is more than just another educational app: it is a teaching tool. Every school using iPads will want this App, and I can recommend it to every parent. Schools might be interested in Apple’s Volume Purchase Program, where they can purchase multiple copies at a reduced price.

Literacy by Demografix


You may have read my reviews of School Writing, School Fonts, and Ghost Type, three apps which I consider must-haves for teachers and parents alike. Today I’m reviewing a fourth app from Demografix, Literacy, that promises to be just as useful.  There are two main sections to the app:  Lessons – Words and Sentences, and Whiteboard activities.


Lessons – Words and Sentences

This section is similar to the lessons in the other Demografix apps. The big difference with Literacy is that you are not limited to a set number of characters (12 in School Writing and 10 in School Fonts). This makes it possible to enter a child’s full name along with sentences. You are also not limited to the length of the screen either, as text can be scrolled, either screen-by-screen or by free scroll. The first time we tried scrolling the text, it was a little awkward, but my children caught on quickly and now have no problems.   There are more than 40 activities and lessons included with the app, and these also serve as an example of what you might do with your own content.

It is very easy to create an activity. I was able to create a “write your name” lesson for my 5 y.o. with written and verbal instructions, plus a photo, in just a minute.  if you have any other of the Demografix apps, you won’t have to re-learn how to create activities.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWgQUkPAnnM&feature=player_embedded

Whiteboard

This is very similar to the Whiteboard activity in School Writing. You can import graphics, including scanned text, to create lessons for any subject area.  Some of the things you might like to try include:

  1. 1Labelling parts of a picture or diagram,

  2. 2Drawing routes on a map

  3. 3Drawing lines to connect pictures that rhyme (or other matching content)

  4. 4Drawing “what happens next”

  5. 5Filling in blanks in forms

  6. 6Creating tracing activities for foreign language characters.  This would lend itself particularly well to Asian languages


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr0ZFOCeXsA&feature=player_embedded

Other Features

  1. 1Individual profiles – Once you set up different profiles for each of your children or students, you can track their progress, seeing which activities have been attempted and completed.

  2. 2Reporting – There are options to have results emailed to you as a video recording, and you can change this option for each lesson.

  3. 3Fonts – In addition to some standard fonts, Literacy also features beginner and cursive scripts for all Australia States and Territories, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These are particularly useful in activities involving tracing or completing words. Use the Settings to select the desired font.

  4. 4Guidelines – You can choose to  have all guidelines, guidelines except mid-line, or no guide lines.  You can also select to have standard guidelines, or dotted thirds. The guidelines are similar to those you will find in student exercise books.

  5. 5Import/Export activities – As with all other Demografix Apps, you can share your lessons and activities with other users, making it really easy to set up class sets of iPads. You can also submit activities to Demografix to be included in their activity library, but make sure you don’t include any personalised or copyright information or images. Let’s hope these libraries take on so we can have access to even more great activities.

  6. 6Locking – You can lock the app with a PIN to prevent children from making changes or deleting exercises and student profiles.

  7. 7External Links to Help, the iTunes store, and Social Media can be turned off using the settings.


Special Needs

Instructions for each activity can be in the form of recorded voice, or text, and you can also include images. Children who have difficulties reading will benefit from having recorded instructions and picture cues. I imagine symbol libraries could be used in this app very easily. If preparing lessons for children with a hearing impairment, the text directions will be valuable, and you could again use graphic cues for extra support.  This app will be a great tool for helping students learn personal information, including name, address and phone number.

Some suggestions

Apart from their spelling, sentences, tables and reading, most of my children are asked to do some vocabulary activities with their spelling lists each week. A sheet listing various activities has come home, but their teachers are open to other ideas. Some of the activities we have created include:

  1. 1Cloze activities

  2. 2Fill in the missing letters

  3. 3Which words rhyme.

My 5 y.o. will be starting school next year. I am using Literacy to help him practice personal information including:

  1. 1Writing his full name

  2. 2Recognising and writing his address

  3. 3Writing our home phone number

The Whiteboard activity will be brilliant for learning to write characters from foreign languages.  Not only will teachers be able to see the characters written, but they can be emailed video reports that show if the student is doing particularly strokes in the correct order and direction.

Students might find it easier to use a stylus for some activities. There are many types available, including two I reviewed earlier this year.

The ability to create custom activities means you will be able to use this app across subject areas and grades. You can create age-appropriate activities for older children operating at lower levels than their peers, and you can use it to scaffold class activities so that they can be doing parallel work to their peers at their own level.

In addition to the two videos I’ve linked to in this post, Demografix has other videos online website that show the features of the Literacy app in more depth.  You can find them on this page.


September, 2012
Link to review
AppAbles Opinion - 

Literacy by Demografix is the perfect example of how an iPad can be incorporated into your child's education. This app includes fonts for UK, US, Australia and New Zealand schools. It is also an app that compliments  the school curriculum perfectly.

Literacy has a ton of content and you really need to take the time to do the tutorials and watch a couple of
video links on their web site to get the most out of it. It's well worth this small amount of homework!

This app is perfect for our SN kiddies especially seeing it offers the option of recording your child's answer instead of writing it. Great for students who can't or find it difficult to write. As well as this each lesson has the instructions written in text AND the option of listening to audio instructions instead of reading.

Totally customisable, Literacy has a heap of built in lessons but these are merely a way of showing you what the app is capable of. You can add, edit or create lessons to suit your child or student. This app is perfect for teaching reading, writing, listening and has built in lessons using the all important Dolch site words lists up to Yr 3.

Although I usually like to see some sort of visual or audio reinforcement of correct or incorrect answers in an app this app can be excused for the simple reason that is designed to be used as a teaching tool and relies on the teacher or parent to check and either praise or correct the child's work. It does however have a new must have on my educational app list which is the reporting function where the completed work can be emailed to the appropriate person. This is an essential for children like my son who use the iPad in the classroom as one of the teachers main concerns is having a copy for assessments and proof of progress.

My advice is to read the iTunes description, watch the videos and see everything this app has to offer. I for one am as impressed as I was with Demografix's other two apps I use, Ghost Typing and School Writing. Any app that can help my children stay on task and appeals to their unique learning style is a must have and at $3.99 this one has longevity and is excellent value for money. Can't wait to see what Demografix come up with next!



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