Easy Spelling Aid by Australian app developer Nuapp Productions is a spelling app with a difference. It doesn’t aim to teach a list of spelling words, but instead acts as a tool when the student is faced with a word they don’t know how to spell. The app utilizes speech recognition and can be used in a variety of languages including UK English, US English, Australian English and 18 other European and Asian languages. It contains no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.
The app is very simple to use the screen shows a large microphone icon and the student touches it before saying a word or short phrase. After speaking they press “done”, but if they forget the app will automatically assume they are done if there is a long pause. Once the app has processed the speech it appears as text on the screen.
There are a number of different setting to choose from: a variety of different writing styles – including both print and cursive styles. The student can also select to have the text shown with or without background lines, if they select with lines they can choose 2 or 3 lines. There is also selection of dyslexia friendly text and background color combinations, these are only available without lines.
For all the writing style options the text is shown in both upper and lowercase, but there is no capitalization of proper nouns e.g. Ireland is shown as ireland and IRELAND.
The student can also opt to have the text spoken as well as written. Having this option on is useful to double check that the word or phrase is what the student intended, but it is also good to be able to switch it off when they are working in a quiet area such as a library.
I tested the app out with my 7 year old and 11 year old sons and myself. Both boys have American accents and I have a British accent, they tested the US English and I tested both UK and US English. I found the speech recognition worked very well for my 11 year-old and myself. I found that it worked well for simpler words for my 7 year old, but he did have some issues with multi-syllabic words especially those where he has speech sound errors. He does not yet have a consistent “r” and his “tomorrow” was repeatedly transcribed as “tomalo”, although he wasn’t willing to put it in a phrase which might have improved the accuracy.
When children are working on writing assignments, or even just being creative and writing a story or in a journal, their creative thought process can be blocked when they come across a word they can not spell. Easy Spelling Aid is a great tool to use in this situation as it gives them a way to easily and quickly find out how to spell the word without waiting for an adult to assist them. I like that it has a variety of font options so it can be set to the style of font the child is using in their school, and for children still using multiple lined paper the lined paper options can help them see how to correctly place their letters.
One downside to the app is that it can only be used online, this can be a problem if the student is using it without an internet connection. I would also like to see an option to look up the transcribed word in a dictionary, so that if the child was not sure if they had spelling for the correct word they could confirm it by looking up the word meaning.
I think this is a very useful tool that can be used from elementary school on. Middle and high school students, and even adults will also find it helpful when stuck on how to spell a word. I like that it provides a quick and easy way to find a word spelling, supports a variety of languages including regional English options, has a choice of fonts, dyslexia- friendly options and the ability to hear the text spoken back. There are a few things I would like to see in future updates – capitalization of proper nouns, ability to use offline and ability to use a dictionary to check word meanings. I think some younger elementary school children who still have speech sound errors may have some difficulty in getting accurate transcriptions, and may be less likely to realize it is the wrong word than older children. I would recommend this for children from 2nd grade up, younger children may also find it useful but are more likely to need an adult checking their results.
Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Supportby Nuapp Productions Pty Ltd
Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 38.58 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Code drop May 15th