Coolum Beach, Australia – demografix pty ltd, creators of School Fonts for the iPhone, have created an app that certainly sets a new benchmark for an educational app. Suitable for children to adults, School Fonts allows the teacher or parent to prepare lessons using written instructions, unique images and audio instructions, to which the student can respond using written and audio recordings. Students learn shapes, letters, numbers, words and more limited only on what a teacher or parent can create as lessons. This ‘open scaffold’ extends the use of School Fonts far beyond early education and is suitable through to adult education.
“One of the most powerful tools a teacher or parent will find in any iPhone app, utilizing the technologies effectively and certainly a must have educational app for schools and home education” stated Mt Paul Collins of demografix pty ltd.
The app presents the approved fonts for your school, including individual Cursive letters. School Fonts contains the education-approved handwriting fonts used in the United States of America schools – Zaner-Bloser and D’Nealian, UK and Australia.
A really cool feature of the app is that it will automatically email to the teacher or parent the student’s tracings and audio recordings as a webpage at the end of a completed lesson.
Clearly designed with education in mind, School Fonts relies on the ability of the teacher or parent to review the student’s work and provide external recognition and reward for good work or effort, so the ‘bells and whistles’ are kept to a minimum. This evaluation is assisted with unique features such as the tracing ‘Reset’ button having a counter and traces that can be ‘replayed’ and are not automatically erased after the app is closed.
School Fonts maximizes the flexibility for a teacher or parent who wants to customize the content. Teacher or parents can create for example, words with missing letters with unique images and unique audio recordings, that will provide a rich learning environment that can be adapted to the student’s progress. It seems unlimited activities can be created such as spelling lists where the student can write the word and record the spelling, circle the vowels, write the opposite, to name only a few. The possibilities are endless and seem only limited only by the teacher’s imagination.
Teacher tracing allows teachers to record their own example tracings for each letter and number, which replay when the student taps the ‘Learn’ button. Teacher tracing offers the ability to record audio behind the tracing to replay for letter sounds or phonetics or as simple tracing instructions. This allows for regional variations of the letter sounds.
Teachers can create, save and share their word lessons, profiles and customizations, with complete control over the management of the lessons, the app and student profiles. Full import and export functions are included for iPhone classrooms and the demografix website hosts several more free lessons that users can submit to and load from as a free shared resource that will grow with use of the app.
Teachers or parents can lock the app into a restricted student mode using a four digit PIN. In student mode, word lessons cannot be created or deleted and profiles cannot be changed. Other options are available depending on the specific choices of the teacher such as hiding the homepage external links
School Fonts allows teachers to:
* Customize all content including images, sounds and teacher example tracings.
* Create and manage multiple profiles.
* iPhone Compatible
* 21 MB
Pricing and Availability:
School Fonts 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available upon request.
demografix pty ltd – think, learn, create and share. Based in Queensland, Australia, demografix pty ltd brings together a team of education thinkers and designers. Their goal is to create quality educational apps for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that engage children and facilitate thinking, learning, creating and sharing. Copyright (C) 2012 demografix pty ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.