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Oribi Writer

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Features help kids spell, write, and edit; pricey.

App iPad Paid Education
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This app offers a solution to help kids who struggle with writing, spelling, and the editing process so they can demonstrate more proficiency, confidence, and independence, but it doesn't come cheap. Oribi Writer also offers access to an on-screen keyboard, which can aid in learning letter awareness as kids learn to type. Text-to-speech capabilities are available for kids who become overwhelmed and frustrated with the multi-step writing process and need to get their thoughts out faster than writing with pencil and paper allows. For kids who type fast or do not pay attention to detail and make typing errors, word prediction isn't always accurate in giving the user a similar word to fix it. In the settings, change the speech rate to match the child's processing speed to aid in their comprehension. It can also take some time to master double tapping an alternative word to insert it into the document, as well as advancing through the editing features without getting distracted or confused. Access to emojis on the keyboard helps to insert a little fun and personalization into documents, too. With an up-front cost of $11.99, the app is expensive, but the specialty word prediction and editing features are helpful for giving users more independence in the writing process.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling, writing, writing clearly
  • Skills: Creativity : brainstorming, producing new content, Self-Direction : academic development, working efficiently, Tech Skills : digital creation, using and applying technology, Health & Fitness : fine motor skills
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 13, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Oribi AB
  • Version: 1.1.9
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1 or later
  • Last updated: February 12, 2018

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