A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Helps with spelling and the writing and editing process, and allows kids to hear letters, words, and sentences spoken out loud. Creating personal word lists also personalizes the learning process.
Ease of Play
To utilize the app effectively, kids will need to be familiar with typing words, phrases, and sentences into a blank document by utilizing an on-screen keyboard. Advancing through editing does require some practice.
Possible to type swear words into the document, and speech-to-text features will read the word out loud, accurately. Feature provides an option to use word prediction to choose another word, and it includes access to swear words.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
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.
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