Pressing the "Info" button will bring you to the "Instructions and Links" page. Here, you will see a list of topics. These include a demo of the application, iPad instructions, iPhone and iPod Touch instructions, general instructions, what's new, LCD projector, support, more apps and info about iHomeEducator, support and social media links, reviews, and acknowledgements. If you are not connected to the internet, a message will appear, but don't worry! This just means that you will not be able to view the demo video.
iLiveSpelling Main Page
The Main Page has three buttons - Explore, Spelling, and Info.
Tap icons of various mammals to head to Wikipedia pages and YouTube videos about the animals. You can swipe your finger on the Explore page to view the various icons and pinch to zoom in.
Press the "Spelling" button to start spelling words. Words are shown via written text with a cloze sentence to fill in the blank with the word. Words to be spelled are Dolch sight words and Fry's first word lists. There are 100+ words, sentences, audio recordings, photos, and videos on mammals.
Press the "Start" button to begin application play. You will see some buttons at the top. The "Home" button will bring you to the "Main Page". The "Info" button will bring you to the "Instructions and Links" page. Pressing the button with a letter in the middle will allow you to e-mail results from a students' spelling. The "YouTube" icon will bring a student to a YouTube clip of the mammal. Finally, the camera button will remove all text and other buttons so that students can view the photo undistracted.
A cloze sentence will in the middle of the screen. There are two buttons which play audio. Press "Speak Sentence" to hear the whole sentence read aloud including the missing word. Press the "Speak Word" button to hear the word stated that fits in the blank. Press in the space that states "Spell Word" and type via the keyboard. Press "Done" on the keyboard once the word has been spelled. If the word is spelled incorrectly, a pop up will appear stating "incorrect answer" and the incorrectly spelled word. If the student tries to spell the word again, the score will not be adjusted but the application will tell the user if it is spelled correctly or not. Make sure to be mindful of capital letters, especially at the beginning of sentences. Once you have finished using the application, you can send the results via e-mail.
iLiveGrammar (Winter, Autumn, and Botany) Main Page
There are only three types of buttons on the main page - Info, Lesson Number, and Enter.
You can choose the type of lesson you would like to play by pressing on one of the lesson buttons. Each lesson works on a different type of grammatical concept:
- Lesson 1 - Nouns and Verbs
- Lesson 2 - Adjectives and Adverbs
- Lesson 3 - Articles, Nouns, Conjunctions, and Prepositions (no Articles on the Winter app)
- Lesson 4 - Review (has all of the word types listed above)
iLiveGrammar Application Play
A sentence will appear related to the images shown and a word will be highlighted. Press the "Pick the job of the Word" to choose on a scroll wheel which grammar type it fits. Press "Done Making Selection" when you have highlighted the word on the wheel. A pop-up will appear if it is correct stating the word, grammatical word type, and a definition of the grammatical concept. Press the "Next" button to view another image/sentence. If the answer is incorrect, a pop-up will appear stating the user's word choice and that it was an incorrect answer.
What I Like About These Applications:
- These four applications incorporate science, nature, weather, and grammar which is perfect for cross-curricular teaching.
- The applications are clear, concise, and easy to use. The images in the background do not distract from the words and if you want to view the image on its own, you can.
- iLiveSpelling Mammals has an "Explore" button to view more information about mammals.
- The iLiveGrammar applications cover so many different grammatical concepts.
- iLiveSpelling Mammals reads the words and sentences aloud for students who have trouble reading.
- All of the iHomeEducator applications have demos and instructions within the application.
- The social media buttons are presented in two different areas. When pressing the "Enter" button, there does not need to be another page regarding social media if there is already one on the "Instructions and Links" page.
- It would be great if the demo were available offline, installed on the application. It would also be great if there were information about mammals on the iLiveSpelling Mammals application that did not require an internet connection. In addition, Wikipedia pages are not always accurate due to the ability for user editing (unless you see an appropriate source connected to the information) and they can be overwhelming with information, so it may be a good idea to have some key facts on the mammals with the ability to read more on Wikipedia.
- The options on the scroll wheels of the iLiveGrammar applications are inconsistent with the grammatical concepts stated on the Lessons. It would be great to have only the options stated on the Lessons available on the scroll wheels (some of the Lessons do this and others don't).
- I would love it if the sentences were read aloud for the iLiveGrammar applications so that students who have difficulty reading will be able to hear them read aloud.
- Articulation/Fluency/Voice - Have students read the sentences aloud using correct speech sounds, fluency strategies, and vocal strategies.
- Receptive Language - Students can learn all about seasons, nature, and mammals when they read the sentences related to the images. In the iLiveSpelling Mammals application, press the mammals' images on the "Explore" page to learn more information about various mammals via Wikipedia. Compare and contrast different mammals. Talk about habitats, foods that the animals eat, and more. In the iLiveGrammar applications, read the sentences to learn about weather and discuss what you can wear in different weather, different animals that can survive in different weather, various terrains, and more.
- Expressive Language - Using one of the iLiveGrammar applications, have students create their own sentences using a grammatical concept as well as a topic from the application. Choose the grammatical word type lesson appropriate to what the student is working on.
iLiveSpelling Mammals and all of the iLiveGrammar applications are available for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad for $4.99.
Consonantly Speaking was given an application code for each of the four applications reviewed to give away with this review. No other form of compensation was given.
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