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Maths Apps

Discover which apps Janet Lloyd and Emilie Woodroffe have been using to invigorate their MFL lessons.

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Educational Potential 8/10
Design 6/10
Ease of use 10/10


Educational Potential 8/10
Design 10/10
Ease of use 8/10


Literacy Apps Maths Apps
Literacy Apps

VOICE CHANGER PLUS

FREE
(Offers in-app purchases)

Voice Changer Plus - as its name suggests - is a voice changer app! It allows you to choose from a wide variety of fun voices or effects including alien, robot, haunting, jungle, DJ, etc.  The App is free and available on the App Store however if you want to save and share the recordings (first 5 are free) you need to upgrade to the full version which is £2.29.

It is extremely easy to use: select a voice or effect, tap record, say something then tap again.

I think it is a very good, fun tool for the languages classroom to practice vocabulary and encourage children to join in and have a go! It supports children who might be shy or self-conscious in developing their speaking skills whilst making oral drills more fun.

As a tool in the classroom, you can just record voices and listen back with the class by plugging the Ipad to the speakers. If you want to keep the recordings for another project then you would need to be able to save it and so upgrade to the full version.

Personally, I have tried and tested this app in the context of family with a Year 4 class as we’re learning about a family of aliens. You can read more about it on my blog.

JEUX POUR LIRE AVEC SAMI ET JULIE LITE

FREE
(Offers in-app purchases)

  ‘Learn how to read with Sami and Julie’ is an App to teach Pre-school French children to read based on a phonic approach. There are 4 games/activities in which children progress from recognising a sound in a word to re-arranging sounds in a word in order to read independently words then sentences. The free version gives you a demo of each game.

I have tried this version with Year 2 and Year 3 classes as a starter activity and used my Ipad with a VGA adaptor so I could engage the whole class. The design is very attractive and the sound is clear with a possibility to repeat and listen again before choosing the correct answer.

This app is not primarily designed for children learning French as a foreign language but it supports children to read and recognise sound patterns, listen attentively and provide examples of authentic pronunciation, skills which are in the new Programme of Study for Primary Languages. Incidentally, it is also great for vocabulary building.

The full version (version complète) unlocks all fourgames that allow you to practice a wide range of sounds. It cost £2.99.

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