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UK start-up brings Phonics to the iPhone

Apps in My Pocket hopes to make learning through Phonics more interesting for children, with its new application PocketPhonics on the iPhone and iPod.

Phonics teaches UK primary schoolchildren to associate sounds with English letters. PocketPhonics can be used by parents or in the classrooms to teach electronically Phonics to children. Children can write on the screen of the device with their finger and shake the iPhone to erase their writings.

John Friend, director of Apps in My Pocket, said: PocketPhonics starts by saying the sounds and showing children how to write them. There is no keyboard to get to grips with so children don’t need to know the difference between upper and lowercase letters at this stage. It’s been developed from scratch with children in mind. Sounds are taught in small groups so they can be quickly used together in a game to make short words.

PocketPhonics uses animated graphics, sound and touch to teach children their letter sounds; write their letters; and put together letter sounds to pronounce words. Aimed at children aged between three and seven, PocketPhonics is the first application to be launched by Apps in My Pocket since its inception in October 2008.

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PocketPhonics costs £1.79 and is available to download from Apple iTunes. The full version teaches over 50 letter sounds. It also teaches how to sound and spell over 170 frequently-used words.

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