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Simplex Spelling series earns Academics' Choice Awards™.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables has earned an Academics' Choice Smart Media Award. More detailed comments from the Academics' Choice Awards Reviewer are listed below.
"This app is a teacher's dream. There is not an educational app on the market that is as comprehensive and effective as Simplex Spelling Phonics 2. Each lesson builds on previous skills introduced and words are "chunked" or divided by syllables to simplify the process of sounding out words. Audio and visual hints are available as well to help the child as he/she learns. Each specific word can be repeated as many times as the user needs to hear it before attempting to spell it. Teachers can check the progress of any student with ease. "
Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms also earned an Academics' Choice Smart Media Award. Additional comments from the Academics' Choice Awards Reviewer are listed below.
"This is an extremely powerful app packed with advanced spelling concepts appropriate for 3rd grade and above. But what separates Simplex Spelling Advanced Phonograms from its competitors is its exceptional ability to introduce loads of challenging content in small bits. The user will not be overwhelmed. Instead, he/she will find audio and visual hints coupled with a self-correcting approach to aid in the mastery of each activity. We highly recommend this product."
New update for Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words
We are excited to have recently released a major new update for Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words. Below are some of the improvements in the new version 2.0 update:
- New user interface that allows for a larger keyboard.
- Improved the graphics.
- Added the ability to export student progress reports (accessed from the email button on the Main Menu).
- Added full support for both iPad retina display and iPhone 5.
- Added the ability to set the number of times a word must be spelled correctly in order to be mastered.
- Added the ability to view the missed words upon reaching the end of a word list.
- Added support for separate beginning /r/ sound and vowel controlled 'r' sounds.
- Improved the behavior of the backspace key to initially skip over correct letters.
- Keyboard now defaults to QWERTY (this can be changed back to alphabetical in the settings menu).
- The app now prompts the user to adjust the app settings to their liking immediately upon creating a new user account.
- Other minor improvements and bug fixes.
We are also thrilled that Apple has featured the new version of Simplex Spelling as New & Noteworthy in a number of countries including the US, UK and Ireland. In addition three of the Simplex Spelling apps are being featured under the "Spelling Bees" spotlight in a number of countries.
March 19, 2013
Wynsum Arts was kind enough to write an article about how Simplex Spelling came to be. Be sure to check it out along with the other great apps they have discovered that have really helped people with autism and other special needs. Wynsum Arts also has an app called i.AM Search that allows you to create a custom profile for each child that helps parents and educators sort through the thousands of possible apps for the one that's exactly right for a child's specific needs.
March 4, 2013
"The design elements used in Advanced Phonograms come together nicely to create a positive learning environment; colors and sounds will not distract, narration is easy to understand and user feedback is always positive. A design that is likely to appeal to most in the targeted audience."
"Advanced Phonograms is a universal app loaded with features and content. The high quality design works well on either device. The ability to create and customize up to 40 user accounts makes this a great value for families or schools. With over 750 words it's not likely that you will run out of content quickly; rather it is an app that has some longevity on your device."
Feb 28, 2013
Pyxwise is absolutely thrilled that Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 was a second runner up in the 2012 Best App Ever Awards under the category of "Best Elementary Student App" and received an honorable mention in the category of "Best Special Needs App". There were more than 5,000,000 votes cast in the Best App Ever awards this year.
Feb 22, 2013
Want your child to learn phonics and word building? KinderTown suggests using Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 & 2 with activities.
KinderTown, is a great tool for finding the best educational apps for kids, just released a new feature called "Power Packs" which busy parents will love. Each Power Pack is a mini teaching guide tailored to helping parents teach their children new skills using apps, activities, assessments and other materials. The power packs are aligned to the KinderTown learning map and focus on developing skills that are important to children ages 3 to 8 years old. The goal of power packs is not only to help parents guide their children's learning, but to help them combine mobile app play with traditional play and create more educational experiences at home that don't involve technology at all.
KinderTown chose our apps, Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 & 2, for learning phonics and word building and pairs our apps with other activities in Phonics Power Pack, Levels 1st and 2nd. In the level 1st power pack, you'll find activities and apps that support advanced reading excellence. As you spend the next weeks and months focused in this area, your child will develop knowledge, fluency and independence as a reader. The activities and apps in this power pack take little time to set up or prepare for. Each tip and suggestion can be used in the time you already spend reading and writing with your child.
Feb 20, 2013
Kids App Reviews has now also reviewd Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 giving it 4.5/5 stars. Check out full review for more details.
Feb 16, 2013
"Simplex Spelling HD will be sure to help your child master their words and spelling. It's a well put together and intuitive app that uses the Dolch sight word list to teach spelling."
"This has to be one of the best spelling apps available. You should invest in this wonderful tool for your learner!"
Feb 4, 2013
KinderTown has selected Simplex Spelling - Advanced Phonograms as one of their Best Apps for 7 & 8 Year Olds.
Jan 30th, 2013
We are excited that AppReviews4U included Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words in their list of "The 7 Best eLearning Apps for the iPad and iPhone".
Jan 23rd, 2013
Pyxwise is thrilled that Technology In Special Education has taken the time to review two of our Simplex Spelling apps. Below is a snippest from their review of Simplex Spelling - Advanced Phonograms which earned an overall score of 5/5. Bbe sure to check out the full review on the Tech In Ed website.
"This app is great for working on spelling through the use of phonograms (symbols of one or more letters in English that represent a particular sound in speech e.g. "aw" , "ou" and syllabication (dividing a word into its spoken or written syllables). There is a large amount of content available for kids to work on and the setup is done very well. "
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables also earned an overall score of 5/5 from Technology In Special Education and you can find the full review here.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables is almost like having a personal tutor helping you right alongside you to guide you through the lessons. "
"I love all of the phonetic rules that it covers and the app's emphasis on the syllables. One of the best features in my opinion is the "reverse phonics" hints, as it breaks down the words into individual sounds."
"With it being very user-friendly, having up to 40 users at once, and having a focus on high frequency English words, this app is highly recommended to boost any learner's literacy confidence with both spelling as well as reading."
Jan 3rd, 2013
Pyxwise is absolutely thrilled that Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 is a finalist under two categories in the 2012 Best App Ever awards.
|Vote for Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 - English for Best Elementary Student App||Vote for Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 - English for Best Special Needs App|
Jan 2nd, 2013
"Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms is another top learning app by Pyxwise Software for iPhone/iPod/iPad. It is a powerful educational app designed for kids 9 and older to teach students how to spell over 750 high frequency words"
"it is a unique and powerful learning tool for teachers, homeschoolers and parents. Beautifully crafted and well designed app for upper elementary students to learn advanced phonics skills, such as syllable rules, contractions and vowel combinations via 52 lessons."
"Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms" is an app that truly delivers on the promise of helping kids 9 year old and older become better at spelling and reading."
"the instruction is excellent as the teacher provides help throughout each lesson--almost as if your child has a personal coach at home."
Dec 22nd, 2012
Pyxwise is thrilled that Apple has featured our newly released app Simplex Spelling - Advanced Phonograms as New & Noteworthy in 20 different countries including the US and Canada.
Dec 13th, 2012
Autism Plugged In (API) today reviewed Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms. Jack Kieffer posted a video review of our latest app. In addition there is an informative written review to check out on API by Marnie Witters, a parent of children with ASD and ADHD. We're thrilled that Jack and Marnie really loved our latest app.
"As we know, most autistic children learn visually. Because Simplex Spelling provides both visuals and audio, this phonics app for iPad is perfect for upper elementary-aged children who are learning to spell."
"I love the audio that comes with this app because it can help autistic children who learn visually connect the words with the sound."
"Even my own son loved using this app and building up his phonic sounds!"
"This app is packed full with variety, customization, and excellent interaction opportunities. Students will truly enjoy learning how to spell and how to sound out phonics. It is visually organized and the phonics are great."
"This phonics app for iPad is certain to encourage them to become spelling pros in no time!"
Crazy Mikes Apps has recently reviewed Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms giving it 4.5/5 heads. Following are a few excerpts from Crazy Mike's review.
"The introduction has 11 different words to spell, each with an explanation relevant to the use of this application. Going through this application, I found it to be a very smooth way to teach kids a lesson within a lesson — quite brilliant."
"Pyxwise Software Inc. has also made this app relevant to kids with special learning needs by providing lots of touch learning options (drag and drop, tap to type, colored letter cells), as well as the inclusion of both audio and text content."
"This Education app is also a fantastic learning tool for a school, church, family or group learning setting because it allows for up to 40 unique individual profiles, each with its own progress tracking, which is a very useful feature to have. This is a standard feature found in applications by this developer."
"If there is a spelling app brand that I would recommend to parents or teachers for ease of use, value, and quality of learning content, it would be the Simplex Spelling Phonics spelling apps — which includes this particular app."
Dec 10th, 2012
Jayne Clare from Teachers With Apps was kind enough to post a review of Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms on the TWA site. The goal of Teachers With Apps is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps.
"This app is a powerful tool for both teachers and parents. Craig Welburn, with his partner Dr. Lisa Welburn Ph.D., have once again created another amazing app to promote literacy. Pyxwise is often referred to as Phonics at its finest by many educational experts, and after experiencing their apps you will understand why!"
"These exceptional apps teach children "how to spell" English words, by explaining how the English language works and by building phonological and phonemic awareness skills that are critical in becoming an adept speller."
The iMums posted a great and very thorough review today of Simplex Spelling - Phonics Advanced Phonograms giving it 5/5 stars. The iMums are four mothers from different parts of the world that are dedicated to educating parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their children.
If you are looking for a series of apps that actually teaches your child how to spell (rather than just memorizing spelling lists) you can't go wrong with the Simplex Spelling series. If you have a child in 3rd grade up ready to tackle more complex spelling rules then this is a must have app.
This app has a huge amount of material in it, and covers a whole year of spelling lessons. As well as working on phonics, it also covers syllables, spelling rules, contractions and the capitalization of proper nouns. It is useful in the classroom as well as the home setting as it supports up to 40 student profiles.
Where the Simplex Spelling apps excel is teaching your child how to spell, and this app moves on from the basics taught in the previous apps in the series, to teaching quite complicated phonemes. I really like how individualized the hint system is.
Dec 7th, 2012
We are excited to announce that Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms for iPad®, iPhone® 3GS-5 and iPod touch® (3rd-5th generation) is available starting today on the App StoreSM. For a limited time, in celebration of our launch, Pyxwise Software is offering Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms for only $0.99, 80% off of the regular price of $4.99. Get it now!
Dec 6th, 2012
Kylie Turner, an experienced educator, posted a review of of Pyxwise's newest app "Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms" on her blog iTeach Apps For The Classroom. We're thrilled that she also gave it an "Educator's Choice" award. Below are a few quotes from Kylie's review. Check out the full review for more details about "Advanced Phonics" which will be available on the App Store starting tomorrow Dec 7th, 2012.
"Simplex Spelling – Advanced Phonograms exceeded my expectations. As soon as I opened the app, I was immediately in awe of the design and educational thought that has gone into this product."
"For children to be able to learn to read and write they need to be provided with systematic structure, and direct guidance or scaffolding. Simplex Spelling – Advanced Phonograms does this very nicely"
"It could be used in the classroom by a teacher as part of a literacy block with all students or as a specialised instruction tool to help specific students gain mastery in spelling, contractions, syllables (including multisyllable) and more.
It could also be used by a speech language pathologist in a therapy session or at home under parental guidance."
"I can write all day about Simplex Spelling – Advanced Phonograms. I love it that much!"
Dec 4th, 2012
We are honored that the team at KinderTown have selected Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms to be listed in their KinderTown app. The great folks at KinderTown work hard to ﬁnd the best educational apps for children. Each app that they select for KinderTown has been tested and reviewed by educators, parents, and most importantly, children.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics – Advanced Phonograms is the most advanced content in the amazing phonics series created by Pyxwise Software. With each of these apps, kids learn through supportive self-correction, short teaching moments and applicable lessons that pair well with their educational experiences. This app goes beyond spelling practice to actually teach and connect a tremendous amount of educational content in small manageable bites."
Nov 30th, 2012
Pyxwise is pleased to announce the newest app in our award winning spelling series "Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms" will become available to download from the App Store on December 7th. We will be releasing additional information about Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms over the next little while, so check back soon to see what we've been working on.
Nov 15th-16th, 2012
Pyxwise had a great time at the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta's annual conference that took place this year in Sherwood Park. There was a lot of interest in Simplex Spelling and we were thrilled to meet a number of teachers that were already using Simplex Spelling in their classrooms.
Oct 30, 2012
BridgingApps, a site that focuses on using technology to help those with special needs, was kind enough to perform a trial with their students using "Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words" and they have posted their review. Please stop by and check out the great BridgingApps site.
"This app has a great feature that allows the student to press the "hint" button and each letter sound is given to the student as well an audio button that repeats the word the student is spelling."
"We have used this app with students with Autism spectrum disorders, who are functioning between a kindergarten and second grade grade-level. Every student enjoys positive reinforcement and this app provides a word of encouragement after each word is mastered. It also allows teachers and students to see the list of words mastered, as well as words that they have yet to master and still need to work on."
"This is a great app to change up the day-to-day routine of practicing Dolch words, increasing vocabulary and promoting independence."
Oct 24, 2012
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is like having your own personal tutoring sessions."
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 has a design that makes it appealing to all ages. It is easy to navigate and includes plenty of in-app assistance for parents or teachers customizing the app or children using it to improve their spelling. Color choices used in the design of the app are very pleasing, as are the sound effects and narration."
Oct 3, 2012
The review site fun2tap reviews apps in English and German and recently posted a review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 giving it 4.5/5 stars.
"This App provides an engaging and enjoyable way to practice English spelling and reading skills"
"Simplex Spelling 2 will help your children gain confidence with spelling and reading."
Sept 17, 2012
Pyxwise is thrilled to announce that we will be at the Touch Technology Applications for Children With Special Needs Conference and Expo in St. Louis Missouri on September 17th-18th. Dr. Lisa Welburn has been asked speak about our Simplex Spelling apps and will be giving a presentation at the conference entitled "Spelling Out Solutions to the Literacy Crisis".
Sept 8, 2012
Check out the POV App Review Carnival and giveaway at Able2Able, Life With My Special Ks, Dear Autism and Kat's Cafe. 4 bloggers representing children with a variety of special needs have reviewed our Simplex Spelling series of apps. Check out the different points of view of parents of children with different needs . Each is also doing a giveaway of two complete sets of the Simplex Spelling Series (Dolch Sight Words, Phonics 1 and Phonics 2).
Two reviews and their giveaways are already posted, with the others coming soon. Check out their blog sites, stop by and say hello and enter each of their giveaways for a great chance at winning a complete set of our Simplex Spelling apps.
"Simplex Spelling apps teach critical thinking. The apps give students the review and practice they need to apply their developing phonemic awareness. This means they are thinking and decoding instead of memorizing and repeating." - Anara Able2Able
Sept 6, 2012
Simplex Spelling was recently featured by News Watch TV in their list of amazing back to school apps.
Sept 5, 2012
Pyxwise is pleased to announce the release of our latest update (1.4.4) to Simplex Spelling Phonics 1. This latest update includes a number of improvements including:
- Added the ability to set the number of times a word must be spelled correctly before it will be considered "mastered" (default is three times).
- Added the ability to view the contents of each spelling list from the main menu.
- Added the ability to review what words were missed upon reaching the end of a word list.
- Added new information about closed syllables to a couple of the earlier lessons.
- Improved the behavior of the backspace key to initially skip over correct letters.
- Added new silent 'e' spelling tips to a few words.
- Directed all the links in the email/contacts menu to child safe web pages that cannot be navigated away from.
- Added a "tips" button to the email/contacts menu that includes new hints and tips for using Simplex Spelling.
- Due to popular demand, the keyboard now defaults to QWERTY (it can be changed back to alphabetical in the settings menu).
- The app now prompts users to adjust the app settings to their liking immediately upon creating a new user account.
Aug 29, 2012
Jack Kieffer from Autism Plugged In was kind enough to offer to review Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words. We're thrilled that he really loved it. You can check out the full review on the Autism Plugged In website.
"The Hint Button is one of the biggest reasons why I love this spelling application. When the user taps it, a small silver button will appear under the spaces where the designated letters in the word are to show up. Tapping on these small silver buttons will bring up possible combinations for the phonic that the particular letter represents."
Aug 27, 2012
We are pleased to announce that today Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 won a Academics' Choice™ Smart Media Award. Highlights are included below from one of the Academics' Choice Awards Reviewers.
"Understanding the sounds attached to letters and learning to sound out words are necessary skills for students to become independent readers. Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 makes it easy for students to practice these critical skills while boosting confidence. The app helps bridge the gap between phonemic awareness and phonics. 450 high-frequency words are taught in forty-two spelling lists focused on specific concepts such as short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, phonograms (letters that represent the sound such as "–ump" in bump), and diphthongs (gliding vowels such as cow).
The interface is clean and the navigation is simple enough for a child to work independently without a teacher or parent (after the student views the helpful introduction lesson). A soothing voice prompt presents the word to spell and then uses the word in a sentence. After the student attempts to spell the spoken word by clicking or dragging and dropping letters into the tiles provided, color-coded letter tiles reveal incorrect / placement issues allowing the student to achieve success on every word presented. A hint button presents letter-sound correspondence, phonetic spelling variations, and offers help sounding out the word. The app allows multiple users to save their progress and provides tracking for teachers and parents to review. The app even supports U.K., Canadian and U.S. English. It's a great value too!
The hint button and color-coded feedback were the apps best features. These two elements allowed students to gain mastery quickly and work independently."
Aug 26, 2012
AppySmarts has also now reviewed Simplex Spelling Phonics 1. AppySmarts has really liked our entire series of Simplex Spelling apps, giving "Phonics 1" an excellent rating of 87/100 and an "Editor's Favorite" award. Check out the full review for more details.
"Bottom line: an excellent choice for teachers and parents (you may want to check out the other apps from the 'Simplex Spelling' series, too)."
We are excited to announce that Apple has now featured Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 under the "Education->Spelling & Grammar" section of the US App Store.
AppySmarts was kind to take the time to review Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words. They have given it a rating of 87/100 along with their "Editor's Favorite" award.
"Bottom line: an excellent choice for teachers and parents (we recommend the whole Simplex Spelling series of apps)."
John from The Wired Homeschool recently posted his review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2. A few quotes are listed below, but check out the full review for more details.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 picks up where the first app left off and provides the same fun learning experience for students of all ages."
"One other thing that's really nice about Phonics 2 it's accessibility to older students as well as the young. This means the ESL students and other adult students can benefit from using this app without having to wade through over-cheerful characters, pink unicorns, and rainbows."
"I think you'll find that Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is a must-have if you have children who need some help with spelling."
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is as impressive as its predecessor and all the other products offered by Pyxwise."
The iPhone Mom, Heather Leister, was kind enough to post her review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2. We're thrilled that Heather once again given Simplex Spelling her stamp of approval.
"I've mentioned the Simplex Spelling apps on the website before, they are great apps that take a thorough approach to breaking down words and helping children through the spelling process."
"Each of the lists comes with a spelling lesson that teaches a basic concept. So in addition to practicing their spelling children will be learning fundamental spelling rules."
"one of my favorite features in the Simplex series – the way they handle the introduction to the app and the explanation of its features."
The review site AppySmarts recently posted their review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 awarding it their "Editor's Favorite" badge.
"Bottom line: an excellent choice for teachers and parents."
We are pleased to announce that Apple has featured Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 as "New & Noteworthy" under the education category in the US and 18 countries.
Also, Mitchell Cogert from the site "Kids Best iPad Apps" was kind enough to put together a short demonstration video of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 on his "Top Ten New & Noteworthy" list. There is a slight audio stutter in the video, but Mitchell assures me that it was an audio recording issue and not an issue with the app itself.
Mary Fitz recently "highly recommended" Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 in the review she posted on her site Listen.Talk.Draw. Mary is a Speech Language Pathologist with 34 years of experience. Mary's favorite area of speech therapy is working with language disorders, learning disabilities and children with a diagnosis of autism.
"The app used color coded boxes to help the speller identify the problem and the type of problem. I like this for all students but it is of particular help for students with special needs."
"My third graders on the autism spectrum loved this app. We worked on pronunciation and vocabulary while doing the spelling exercises."
"I highly recommend this app. I am going to recommend it to our AT team for our school district."
iHeartThisApp posted their review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 today. Check out the full review on their site for more details.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is an excellent learning tool for pre-elementary to elementary students to improve their English spelling and reading skills. This app is an invaluable tool for parents who want their children to have an edge going into school or for teachers who want to enrich their students' learning experience."
"Among the loads of features this application has, it allows for multiple user profiles and statistics tracking for each profile. The app can keep track of what words or lessons have been mastered or need more practice. Parents, guardians, or teachers can define what "mastered" is through the settings and be able to constantly keep track or their children's progress. Your children will definitely be using and learning from this very educational app for a long time."
"The app has an excellent Introduction module that explains what the app is, what users have to do, and what the buttons functions are within each page."
Best10Apps has now also recommended Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 and Simplex Spelling HD posting reviews of both spelling apps and giving both apps their "Editor's Pick" Award.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 - English is a useful education app for students even for Autism and dyslexia users. It will give students a new and happy learning experience."
"I really recommend this!"
Simplex Spelling HD:
"Simplex Spelling HD - Learn How To Spell Dolch Sight Words With Reverse Phonics is such an amazing spelling exercise app. It has many unique and stunning features that you can't miss."
The very reputable duo of Jayne Clare and Anne Rachel from Teachers With Apps were kind enough to recently post a review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 on their site. We are thrilled that they liked our latest app so much. The goal of Teachers With Apps is to be a credible resource for quality educational apps.
"No other literacy apps are this comprehensive."
"Over and over Pyxwise has produced top-notch material and always takes the time to perfect their apps with updates. Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 was well researched and every detail has been attended to with the utmost care."
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2, by Pyxwise Software, has just made their stellar collection of educational apps even better, A wonderful addition to their already wonderful repertoire, and a perfect segue from Simplex Spelling Phonics 1."
The great folks at A4cwsn (Apps For Children with Special Needs) have recently featured all of our Simplex Spelling apps. Gary James was kind enough to make demo videos describing each of our apps and Tobi Price (an assistant school principal) shared his thoughts and impressions with reviews of all of our apps. A few quotes from Tobi's reviews are included below. A4cwsn is committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective
This app is very well made, easy to use, and engaging. Simplex Spelling would be especially useful in the classroom for teachers.
Technology pessimists in education will say that students using iPads are just playing games. Apps, like this one, that give teachers data to show student's progress help prove the pessimists wrong.
Great for student's who are working in the TIER process to improve their spelling skills. Couple the structured content with the progress monitoring that is already built in and you have a powerful tool to use in the classroom.
There are NO pop up adds or in app purchases cluttering up the screen. This way students can focus on the content and teacher's won't have to worry.
I could list many more reasons why teachers and parents would love this app. The thing that stands out the most to me is the amount of content you are getting for the price. Most apps don't offer as much as Simplex Spelling does. I will be sharing this with other parents and teachers in my building. This app is worth the money, and I believe will help your child.
Crazy Mike over at Crazy Mikes Apps recently posted his review of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 giving it 4.5/5 heads. Some quotes from the review are included below, but we recommend that you also go and check out the full review and demo video.
"Now, kids can easily learn how to spell with the use of this app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch — and have some fun, as well as virtual help while doing so. More than that, this app makes the task of learning spelling much more engaging, which makes learning to spell less of a chore that kids don't want to do. The app has great instruction all the way around, from starting a lesson, during a lesson, to explaining what each spelling learning task is about."
"Practice mode is especially good for kids trying a harder lesson, which helps encourage them before keeping score. Another outstanding feature of this app is that it can accommodate up to 40 different users — making it great for schools, large groups, or families, and at the price of only $4.99 — a huge value. Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables is an excellent iOS spelling application that is sure to help any child spell and read better — maybe even win a spelling bee."
Amanda Backof an ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with 12 years of experience was kind enough to post a review of our Simplex Spelling apps (Phonics 1 & 2 ) on her site "Speech Language Neighborhood". They are Amanda's "Speech Therapy App(s) of the Week."
"Every week, I search through thousands of apps on iTunes looking for "The One". The one app that will help me teach phonics to struggling middle school students."
"WOW!!!! I found my miracle app (which seems like a little much to say, but it's true) in Simplex Spelling 2 (and 1) Phonics! Not only does this app help students learn spelling constructs, but it also teaches all of the sounds in words which will, fingers crossed, result in increased decoding skills. It looks mature for middle school students and provides lots and lots of practice. It separates consonant blends into single sounds (Hooray!) and every vowel combination and sound variation are well represented (i.e., the sound "o" can be spelled o, oa, oe, ow, o_e, etc). During the spelling activity, you can access all of the sound variations via the "hint" buttons."
Best10Apps has recommended Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 and have given it their "Editor's Pick" Award.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read is one of then best education app[s] for users to improve English spelling and reading skills. With it, English is just a piece of cake."
We are thrilled that Apple has featured two of our apps this week on the app store.
Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words With Reverse Phonics has been featured by Apple as New & Noteworthy in 17 countries under the Education category. In addition it has been featured under Education->English in 3 countries and Education->Grammar & Vocabulary in another 2 countries.
Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 has also been featured by Apple under "Words for the Wise" in the Education category for both the US and Canada.
We are excited to announce that Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 for iPad®, iPhone® 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch® (3rd and 4th generation) is available starting today on the App StoreSM. For a limited time, in celebration of our launch, Pyxwise Software is offering Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 for only $0.99, 80% off of the regular price of $4.99. Get it now!
Some additional exciting news is that yesterday Apple featured both of our other spellings apps in the App Store. Simplex Spelling HD - Dolch Sight Words as "New & Noteworthy" in the US and 17 countries and Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 under their "Words for the Wise" category in both the US and Canada under the education category.
Carolina Nugent, Director of Education for the educational app store KinderTown, was kind enough to post a blog feature today with some positive things to say about Simplex Spelling Phonics 2. Carolina Nugent is an expert in early childhood education with nearly a decade of experience in public schools and private early childhood programs. As the Director of Education at KinderTown, an educational app store that helps busy parents find the best apps for young kids, she's evaluated more than 1,000 apps for kids. KinderTown has selected Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 to to be featured in their KinderTown app next week.
'"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables" is the app I wish I had in the classroom over the last few years to recommend to parents and to use. It provides solutions to struggles both parents and teachers face. Also, as a reviewer, the app stands out in many ways as doing something different and valuable for our kids and families.'
"Simplex Spelling has a feedback method that rivals anything a teacher can do in the classroom. "
"Simplex Spelling is an app that understands that what teachers are taught in their training programs is knowledge that should be shared with parents too. Each of the 54 lessons has a short phonics lesson and complete word list that gets parents involved in the learning. All the knowledge is given to the user so they can apply it on and off the app."
"Enjoy using Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 and watching your child blossom with this excellent phonics and spelling experience."
In addition we are also honored that SpecialNeeds.com has chosen Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 as their "App of the Day" today. Check out the full article by Cara Batema on SpecialNeeds.com.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is bigger and better, with over 650 high frequency words in 54 lessons."
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 is an intensive app, and parents, educators, and students get a great deal. The app covers hundreds of high frequency words, and the app improves literacy, spelling, and phonemic awareness, all of which are necessary skills. Through an engaging game atmosphere, children will love testing and improving these skills. Simplex Spelling follows a progression and allows for mastering of spelling skills, so it can meet children on their individual levels and needs."
Pyxwise is pleased to announce that "Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read" will available for download from the App Store starting tomorrow. We'll be celebrating our launch as a part of this weeks Moms With App App Friday event. All of our apps will be heavily discounted on Friday May 25th to celebrate the launch of our latest app. Stop by and check out all the great app deals from developers at tomorrows MWA App Friday FB event.
Pyxwise is pleased to announce that Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 has gone gold and is awaiting approval from Apple. It will become available to download from the App Store in the near future. We will be releasing additional information about Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 over the next little while, so check back soon to see what we've been working on.
The fine people over at BridgingApps were kind enough to perform a trial with their students using Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 and have posted a review. BridgingApps felt that Simplex Spelling works well for "English Language Arts Reading Foundational Skills" for the Common Core Standards. Please stop by their great site to check out the full review.
"We have trialed this app with developmentally disabled students on a second grade level, and it has been successful. Students like to see the words they have mastered and words they need to work on. Teachers and therapists will love the ability to adjust the students' level based on the data they are able to track."
Sharon Heuscher from the Parent's Choice Foundation recently gave Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 their "Parents' Choice Approved Award" recommending it for children 5 to 8 years of age. Established in 1978, Parents' Choice is the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. The Foundation's purpose is to search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally—fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. It is a great honor that the Parents' Choice Foundation chose Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 for this award and we are very thankful.
"The app guides children through each lesson and corresponding list with easy-to-understand pleasant voice prompts."
Nell Wulfhart from SMATOOS was kind enough to recently review Simplex Spelling Phonics 1. SMATOOS is a dynamic online news site that covers the convergence of education and technology trends worldwide. SMATOOS is a one-stop-shop for students, educators and techies.
"Simplex Spelling Phonics 1 is an easy to use app that provides phonetics-based spelling lists to your child."
"Teachers and parents will benefit from the app since memorization of sight words should not be the only strategy used for spelling lessons. Phonetic spelling is also helpful for early readers who need to sound out words."
"Simplex Spelling is a top educational app for learning reading, spelling, and phonics, and after just the introductory lesson, it's easy to see why."
"Simplex Spelling points out that spelling is an auditory skill in which words are sounded out from left to right, and children can use the auditory cues and the hint button to help their brains develop and learn how to sound out words. "
"Simplex Spelling by Pyxwise is one of the most intensive and effective spelling applications available. The instruction is direct and easy to understand, and many children can use the app independent of their caregivers or educators."
"Simplex Spelling is available for iPhone and iPad and costs $4.99 -- a tremendous deal for all this app has to offer."