Niki Words, by Alessandro La Rocca, is a fun app for introducing common vocabulary and spelling with colorful pictures and words within three activity modes. There are 18 categories of words with a variety of words within each. Categories consist of:
Play With Words offers three font types, capital, cursive and lower case letters. Each word has the option to have the word appear under the image or the user can spell the word by dragging the letters into the correct spot.
Crosswords give the user a great way to practice crossword skills. The highlighted version of the word offers spelling success for the user. For a more challenging activity turn off the ‘light bulb’ to spell the word across or down to complete the puzzle.
Excellent features of this app are in the settings where the color scheme can be selected, layout, phonics, difficulty level (with visual cues), and sound to further customize to the users’ needs.
The Magic Blackboard gives the user an area to explore the letters to create words. Three color schemes are available for the keyboard; red/blue (Montessori), multicolor or white and can set for cursive, capital or lower case letters. Note: To erase a single letter just keep your finger on the letter that you want to remove from the blackboard. To erase the entire message/words press the ‘rope like’ button on the right side above the keyboard.
Niki Words is available in 5 languages; English, French, Italian, Swedish and Spanish.
About the Author
Jackie Bryla is a school based SLPA in California. Her experience includes working with transitional kindergarten through high school age students as well as the functional skills population in the public schools. She regularly presents iPad Training for California State University Sacramento, American River College, and San Joaquin Delta College speech and language programs. Jackie is also the founder of act – Apps, Consulting, and Training. She is an app beta tester for educational app developers. Jackie is a board member of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and is an active CSHA District 2 Advisory Committee member in the Sacramento area. Jackie received the outstanding SLPA for CSHA in 2012.