Ginger Page - English Grammar & Spell Checker, Translator & Dictionary App

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Multifaceted word-processing and editing tool with options.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn important communication skills by constructing sentences within the tool and then correcting them by updating spelling or using more effective language. 

Ease of Play

Easy to type, edit, and share text.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ginger Page - English Grammar & Spell Checker, Translator & Dictionary App is a word-processing app designed to help kids edit text they create. The platform is clean and simple and provides multiple editing tools (spelling, grammar, and translations) in a way that helps kids edit their own work. The tool will also read text aloud for kids, which might be incredibly beneficial for kids who struggle with accurately rereading sentences or words they've created. Kids can easily share their text using iMessage, social media, or another word-processing tool. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

GINGER PAGE - ENGLISH GRAMMAR & SPELL CHECKER, TRANSLATOR & DICTIONARY APP opens to a blank page ready for kids to type words and sentences. As they type, the app highlights misspelled or misused words for kids to go back to and correct once they're done typing. The words are listed above the keyboard for kids to click to replace or swipe to ignore. Once finished, kids can select the quill icon to see a suggested way to rephrase parts of their sentences, or they can select the audio icon to have what they've written read to them. If they want or need to share their work, kids can click the green conversation icon to send the text to iMessage, or they can click the arrow in the top-right portion of the screen to share via Airdrop, share via email, or add to notes. Additionally, kids can select the text icon in the top-left corner of the screen to use the translation, definition, or synonym tools. A personal dictionary is also available for proper names that may not be included in a traditional dictionary. The Phrase of the Day section showcases common idioms used in the English language. Help features are also available via an on-screen tour or through YouTube tutorials within the app.

Is it any good?

This is a really well-designed tool that highlights the editing process for kids without automatically correcting their writing. The features available in Ginger Page - English Grammar & Spell Checker, Translator & Dictionary App fit the needs of most kids, and the easy-to-use interface makes it accessible to all learners. Also, the tools are easy to use in conjunction with one another and easy to access from the main screen without losing your writing. Since the dictionary and the thesaurus are purposefully limited to include words that are appropriate and typically accessible to younger users, profanity isn't included.

The only downside is that tutorials are posted within the app as YouTube videos, which means that even if a grown-up uses Guided Access to limit app activity for more easily distracted kids, they are able to search and view any (unfiltered) YouTube video from the tutorials tab. Grown-up supervision may be necessary for kids who are challenged to self-manage those kinds of distractions.

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  • Families can talk about easy ways to make simple sentences more complex as you use Ginger Page - English Grammar & Spell Checker, Translator & Dictionary App. Have kids think of (and write) a simple sentence, such as, "The cat walks." Then, take turns adding descriptive words to paint a better picture. Or add more action to the sentence. Compare your newly created sentence to your first sentence and talk about the different pictures both paint in your head. 

  • Talk about idioms by accessing the Phrase of the Day tab in the app. Ask kids to guess what each means before reading the description. Then, compare your response to the actual meaning of the idiom.

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For kids who love writing and spelling apps

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