I’ve been given the chance to test drive another educational iPad app, thank you Mr Thorne.
Mr Thorne does Phonics, created by Mr Thorne himself. It stemmed from his role as Head Phonics Teacher for the Solihull Local Authority, leading to You Tube videos of Phonic tuition with over 2 millions hits on his channel.
Now you can get these videos in an App. I have to admit on first seeing the app in action, I was a dubious about the grainy YouTube footage meshed into the workings of the app, but that said, it has no bearing on how effective this app is as a teaching tool. Kids don’t care about the footage, it’s just me being picky 😉
Our four-year old daughter Georgie has taken to the App very well, she even greets Mr Thorne when he appears on the screen. For those who don’t know, Georgie is autistic and has a slight speech delay, it has been Apps like this that have helped us get her talking. This App has a lot of content, we’ve seen Georgie sit still using it for half and hour straight, so yes it is very engaging. Below is a video of Georgie using the app, just ignore the point near the end where the baby interrupts 😉
The app costs $9.99AU and you can find it here.