Word Wizard is an app designed to help children learn to read and spell basic words through both letter and image recognition. Users are tasked with identifying objects based on a photograph, or asked to choose the first or last letter in a specific word. In the game’s two-player mode, users share a single iPad and race to answer each question. The app also rates users on their accuracy by question type, providing an indication of where extra practice and improvement is required. Other options include creating custom questions and answers in which users can record their own voice-prompts, customized rewards, and “adaptive play mode” in which the app automatically learns what areas users need more work in and provides more questions of that type. Word Wizard contains no inappropriate content and is perfect for younger users just beginning to read and write. This app is recommended for use with kids ages 3 and up.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Word Wizard prompts players with a variety of question types. Some questions require players to identify the last letter in a word, while others utilize image recognition. Users must be able to change strategies for answering questions quickly, using a variety of skill types. Combining these skills also requires users to exercise flexibility. For example, when users are shown an image they must be able to identify the image, understand the audio pronunciation, and be able to spell the item's name in order to fully answer the question prompt. Images constantly change, as well as question types, forcing users to constantly be prepared for new and changing content.
Recalling and retaining information in our mind while working.
While learning to read, Working Memory is an extremely important thinking skill. Users must be able to identify and recall letters and spellings, as well as identify images. As the app learns from users' answers, it will automatically utilize questions that users struggle with more often. Extra practice with three-letter words, for example, allows users to acquire new knowledge and apply it to future questions. Users can also create custom questions to work on specific words and images. Practicing spelling and identifying specific letters is the first steps toward developing Working Memory in relation to reading, making the app a great option for young learners.
Word Wizards helps players learn to read and spell through asking questions and prompting users to identify the first and last letters of a variety of words. Working to recognize individual letters, as well as the spellings of basic words are great ways this app can help users improve their reading comprehension. Custom question types also ensure that users can practice working with the words and letters that provide them the greatest challenge. For example, if a user has difficulty understanding which words use the letter "k" instead of the letter "c," custom questions can be created to provide the additional needed support in this area of reading.
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