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iWordQ is an easy to use writing and reading application to assist struggling writers and readers. In writing mode, a simple text editor, word prediction and spoken feedback are used to offer support. In reading mode, text is shown visually to improve readability.
There’s no pressure and no criticism, writing can now be enjoyable.
What we think
The app uses speech feedback features and prediction technology to support young writers and readers to comprehend, conceptualise and monitor their work through visual and auditory feedback to then formulate a response.
Comprehension techniques such as chunking, repetition, reduced rate of speech and visual supports such as colour coding are all effective in supporting the child to develop their skills.
Auditory speech feedback encourages students to use intentional editing as they are able to see and hear the feedback to encourage learning. This multisensory approach has a strong theoretical underpinning.
The app is accessible and cost effective. When used on an iPad, the app is easily transportable. The app has a simple layout that can be easily navigated by upper primary students, parents and teachers.
The app can be used as a long term literacy plan and is also available to access on a desktop computer. Students have the flexibility to use this application into tertiary education and the workforce.
The app is easy to use and the settings are easily adjusted. These settings include options to adjust reading speed, line spacing, letter sizing, and colour coding. As a student’s skills develop, these settings can be adjusted to match their level.
The speech feedback of the app provides immediate feedback to students, encouraging them to monitor their reading/ writing and to be independent in correcting any errors. This immediate feedback is encouraging as the students are able to hear their mistake, try again and be rewarded by hearing the word that they intended to write, improving their confidence and assuring them that it is OK to make a mistake.
Students who use iWordQ may have phonological awareness difficulties, dyslexia, working memory difficulties, dysgraphia, or may have another difficulty with writing, spelling or editing.
Many students who have literacy difficulties are often constrained as they are unable to produce written work that matches their level of understanding. iWordQ allows students to write without being negatively affected by problems with spelling, punctuation, editing etc. iWordQ may have the positive effect of increasing a students interest in writing due to an improved sense of self confidence.
The features of the app target the child’s ability to develop their reading, writing, comprehension and phonological awareness/ literacy skills.
Some complications students may find include:
- Younger students may require support to navigate the program.
- Students may not use the features appropriately (e.g. students turning off the speech feedback function or not listening carefully). Students may require adult support.
- Students may feel ‘different’ if other students are not using the technology
- iWordQ does not provide a student with support to develop their punctuation skills or to improve the content of their work
- Students are assumed to have typing skills.
The easy to use, clear layout of the app and the positive strategies that the app uses to take away the pressure and to encourage students who may be lacking self confidence to have a go and to begin to enjoy writing and reading again.
The iWordQ app encourages a child to judge and correct their mistakes through functions such as predictive text where several options are provided, students can listen to the word before choosing it as well as listening to the word in a sentence to improve their understanding of the word to develop their vocabulary and comprehension, immediate feedback is provided, students to edit their work independently.
Young learners will love this app to give them the independence to develop their skills and empower them to enjoy writing and reading.