Today the National Literacy have launched LiteracyApps – a new guide that aims to help parents, teachers and others to get the most out of apps that support language and literacy development.
The LiteracyApps website is a FANTASTIC resource for anyone who’s looking for good reading apps for children but doesn’t know where to begin: LiteracyApps allows you to search for apps by age, by learning outcome (things like speaking, reading, and writing), and by feature (which includes “creative”, “interactive”, “play together”, and more), and also offers fantastic expert advice on how to choose apps, tips for using technology, and diversity in apps.
The guide has been developed with the support of Dr Natalia Kucirkova, Senior Lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has drawn on a number of research studies, including a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between BookTrust and The Open University. It also includes invaluable advice from the Diversity in Apps team, and from Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine, authors of Tap, Click, Read.
It’s a truly invaluable new app resource – do have a look at the LiteracyApps website.
And we’re thrilled to see that LiteracyApps have recommended a number of Nosy Crow’s own apps!
Here’s their review of our Jack and the Beanstalk app. LiteracyApps write: “Nosy Crow are great at developing interactive storybook apps for younger children … The story is wonderfully illustrated with narration from a child, which is a great touch. Words are highlighted as they are read, supporting word recognition for early readers. There is a very wide range of vocabulary used, which is great for helping children to learn new words.” You can read their full review here – and here’s our trailer for the app:
And here’s their review of our Snow White app. LiteracyApps write: “Another great storybook app from developers Nosy Crow, this time following the fairy tale Snow White. There are great interactive elements which help children develop a deeper understanding of the story, also adding to children’s enjoyment of reading.” You can read their full review here – and here’s our trailer for the app:
Here’s their review of our Rounds: Franklin Frog app. LiteracyApps write: “Great for building up high levels of vocabulary and telling you about the life cycle of frogs.” You can read their full review here – and here’s our trailer for the app:
And finally, here’s their review of our Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm app. LiteracyApps write: “Beautifully illustrated. Allows children to play around with words, mixing animals up with rhymes which describe who they are. Letters are highlighted as they are spoken. The rhymes allow children to build vocabulary and learn about the different farm animals.” You can read their full review here – and here’s our trailer for the app:
You can find out more about LiteracyApps, and discover some great new apps, here – do take a look.