Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Easily converts speech to text, translates 30 languages.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids speak words, phrases, and sentences into the app, watch thoughts automatically convert into text (or translate into another language), and hear words spoken out loud, which can help language and communication skills. Special fonts with distinct background colors help kids with dyslexia discriminate letters.

Ease of Play

Parents and teachers will need to adjust settings for each user's preferences, given a kid's developmental and academic level. For those who speak clearly near the device's microphone, text is accurately converted.

Violence & Scariness

No violence in app, but users can share violent phrases. A history of words translated lets parents know words previously dictated.

Sexy Stuff

No sexual content in app, but users can share their own phrases. A history of words translated lets parents know words previously dictated.

Language

When swear words are verbalized, select consonants and vowels are spoken, but additional letters that would fully spell the word are replaced by asterisks, displaying a nonsense word. Words like "crap," "jerk," "dammit," "ass," "boob," and "douche bag" can be dictated and heard out loud. A history of words translated clues parents in to the words previously dictated to monitor for appropriateness.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No substance-use content in app, but users can share their own phrases. A history of words translated lets parents know words previously dictated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support is a helpful educational app for kids who need assistance with learning how to spell words. Kids speak words and phrases, which are then displayed on the screen and read aloud. Additional features of the app include the option to translate words, phrases, and sentences to and from other languages. Not only can kids change fonts and backgrounds, but they can also opt for OpenDyslexic font and colorful, highlighted backgrounds. For kids who struggle with accurately writing phrases and sentences, it's also a helpful app to check spelling. Swear words and ads have been eliminated from the app. However, parents will need to monitor their child's usage, as kids can still speak some offensive words and create inappropriate sentences. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

EASY SPELLING AID + TRANSLATOR & DYSLEXIA SUPPORT gives kids a quick way to convert spoken words into text to find out the proper spelling of words. Kids can listen to text spoken out loud, and they can convert thoughts and words into text from a choice of over 30 languages. Parents are able to customize additional settings based on a kid's preferences and learning style. If kids need more customization, they can use an OpenDyslexic font, manuscript, or cursive. Plus, they can choose from colorful, highlighted display backgrounds. Users can speak inappropriate content into the app, but obvious swear words have been eliminated: If kids use profanity, the letters are replaced in the app by an asterisk and the word isn't spoken. A history log shows parents and teachers the types of content and words kids have been attempting to convert and translate during use. While the app doesn't include correct capital letters at the beginning of the sentence, or punctuation in English, kids can use this option to check the accuracy of their spelling when writing during the editing process. In order to use the app, users have to enable the microphone and make sure it's connected to the internet.

Is it any good?

This paid education app is an excellent way to teach kids independence with spelling, especially if they are apt to frequently ask adults the question, "How do you spell ____?" For those who speak multiple languages or are learning a new language, the translation feature in Easy Spellling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support is certainly a helpful resource. Also, users can display sentences and phrases with specific fonts and on a lined paper background, which is helpful for those learning the writing process. Kids with dyslexia will benefit from the option to see content in a font and background color that might make academic work easier to complete instead of using traditional pencil and paper. There are some opportunities for inappropriate words to be used, but a history log shows what users have attempted to translate, if parents want to check. The accuracy of dictation is excellent. even with a protective case on the device, but there will be some instances when the words aren't precise, so parents might want to check accuracy if it's related to graded work. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Easy Spelling Aid + Translator & Dyslexia Support can help kids be more independent in finding out the spelling of words, especially if they frequently rely on others for help by asking, "How do you spell ___?" 

  • Talk about how kids can use this simple tool to communicate more effectively with others and overcome language barriers, especially if you're a bilingual family or your kid is learning another language. Kids studying a new language might want to use this as a tool to check the accuracy of their translation skills.

  • If you're tired of prompting the kids to use the proper spelling of words when they are writing reports and sentences, encourage kids to speak their sentences into the app, and then edit their spelling within their written work.

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