"Spelling tests are not fun !" - a quote from a reliable youth :)
Dictated spelling tests are common in many schools around the world. Whether they are called a "spelling bee", "dict e" (pronounced "dic-teh") or something else, generally preparing for them is not much fun. For parents and mentors, helping children practice for these tests requires extra effort - and at times, super-human patience
Dict e was made to empower children and give them independence when practicing for these tests. As an iPad or iPhone app, students are naturally drawn to it and actually spend more time practicing. And because students can practice on their own and at their own pace, they actually learn better as there is less pressure to perform.
We also designed Dict e so parents have one less daily task to do. Each week you just take a couple of minutes to enter the test words that are assigned by the teacher. Then you're free for the rest of the week. Many older children can actually do this on their own so all you would need to do is to review their practice results when you have time.
Dict e runs on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and can handle ANY test word or sentence in ANY language.
What parents say...
"It's simple and easy to use."
"What I like is I don't have to fight Sean to do his [spelling] practice any more. I used to really dread that fight... Now he actually asks to do it because it's on the iPad. He sometimes even does it twice a day!"
"I love it. She does it all. I now don't do anything except look at her results to see where she's having problems... One less daily chore for me to do. Thanks guys!"
"The Challenge option really suits his way of learning.... He's now getting near perfect on all his tests."
- Fast and easy assignment entry With our simple tap-and-speak design, creating a new list of test words usually takes 2-3 minutes to do.
- ANY word / ANY language - You can use Dict e to record any test word or sentence in any language supported by Apple's devices (see notes below). You record your own voice so pronunciation is automatically in your preferred language and dialect.
- simulated testing - Dict e provides a test-like environment where words are randomly spoken one at a time and the child types in their answer. At the end, you and your child can see how well they did.
- Montessori-inspired Challenge mode - the power of Dict e is its unique, progressive practice mode that we call "Challenge". Challenge is based on Montessori principles and shows the child immediately when they have made a mistake and doesn't allow them to proceed to other words until they have figured out the correct spelling. This experimental approach to spelling recall is a powerful learning mode.
- multiple student support - Dict e allows each student their own assignment list, which simplifies use in multi-student families and other situations.
- activity tracking - with a single touch, review all previous practices sessions and see how a student is progressing and identify problem spots that require extra help.
- words, sentences or both - Some teachers create assignments with a mix of words and sentences/phrases, Dict e can handle words, sentences or a mixture of the two.
- Introductory video - can be seen at "http://dictee2.leftcoastlabs.biz/videos/introduction".
- Runs on any device: iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
1. To enter test words in a specific language, you will need to switch your device's keyboard to that language before you enter words (On your device, navigate to Settings | General | Keyboard | Keyboards to add a new keyboard language.)
2. Although you can enter test words in any language, currently the interface labels and prompts are only in English. We plan to add support for other languages in future versions.
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Dictée is a free trial software application from the Kids subcategory, part of the Education category.
The app is currently available in English and it was last updated on 2013-10-24. The program can be installed on iOS.
Dictée (version 2.0.2) has a file size of 44.98 MB and is available for download from our website.
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