Target Area: Phonological Awareness

Age

K-Year 2

Description

Phonological awareness – segmenting sentences into words, segmenting words into syllables, blending syllables, rhyming (identifying and generating).
Phonemic awareness – identifying initial and final sounds, deleting sounds, segmenting and blending sounds in words, manipulating sounds in words.
Provides clear goals to reach for each level and gives specific feedback when goals not reached.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full version (see hear builder website)

Note

Must create an account to sign in and access all levels. Also available on Google play.

Age

K-Year 1

Description

Activities to develop syllable segmentation. Words can be presented in pictures or written words (for older students).

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $12.99

Note

Lite version only allows segmenting practice for 5 words.

Age

K-Year 2

Description

Select a target (e.g., ‘basketball’) and find 3 words (pictures) that have the same initial sound (e.g., ‘balloon’, ‘bus’, ‘butterfly’).

Cost

Full: $1.49

Note

Multisyllabic words used – younger children may have trouble identifying initial sound.

Age

PP-Year 6

Description

Activities to develop an understanding of all 6 syllable patterns.

Cost

Full: $4.49

Note

Can be used with up to 5 players and progress is recorded.

Age

K-Year 2

Description

Simple games for identifying the initial, medial and final sounds in words. Indirectly targets vocabulary (choosing correct word – and then identifying its initial sound – to describe the picture)

Cost

Free

Note

Cannot choose word length, Some multisyllabic words used (eg, ‘underwear’)

Target Area: Phonics

Age

K-Year 1

Description

Official app for the Sounds~Write phonics program. Activities to further develop blending, segmenting, sound spelling correspondence, word reading and writing, sentence reading and writing. Activities are conducted in line with the exact ‘script’ in the Sounds~Write teaching program (including gestures).

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $7.99

Note

Lite version includes activities only for practicing listening to and writing letters

Age

5 and under

Description

One of the best phonics apps. Strongly linked to structured synthetic phonics and comes with a parent guide.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $10.99

Note

Lite version includes activities only for practicing listening to and writing letters.

Age

Kindy +

Description

Develops letter formation. Includes games to practise blending sounds to form short words.

Cost

Full: $4.49

Note

Lite version includes activities only for practicing listening to and writing letters. Available on Google Play for $4.89

Age

PP-Year 1

Description

5 different apps for phonics development

1. Introduction to reading
2. Phonemic awareness and letter sounds
3. CVC, CCVC words, consonant blends, sentences
4. Consonant blends, CVCC words, digraphs, spelling
5. Long vowel spelling & R-controlled vowels

Cost

Each app (full): $2.99 – $4.99 | Bundle: $13.99

Note

Feature: Australian accent, NZ accent available. Limited availability on Google Play

Age

K- PP

Description

Instructional tool that uses letter tiles to build and spell words. Helps reinforce the sound based approach to spelling.Blank tiles included to select your own targets for the activities.

Cost

Full: $14.99

Note

Students must play with a tutor, speech therapist, teacher, etc.

Age

K- PP

Description

Flash card game to facilitate parents to assist children with letter sound knowledge. Instruction for parents on prompting and providing feedback. Includes the 26 letters of the alphabet.

Cost

Free

Age

K- Year 3

Description

A range of apps designed to support children to further develop skills taught in Phases 1 to 5 of the Letters and Sounds program.

Cost

Some free, others $1.29-$8.99

Age

PP – Year 1

Description

12 Levels of activities to support a student’s progress in synthetic phonics.Aligns with the Letters and Sounds phonics program.

Cost

Full: $3.99 | Bundle including the app below: $4.49

Notes

Available on Google Play for $2.79

Age

Year 1  – Year 3

Description

Three interactive games to practice spelling.

Cost

Full: $2.99 | Bundle including the app above: $4.49

Notes

Available on Google Play for $2.99

Age

Ages 3-6

Description

Children create a monster and take it on a magical journey over three extensive games – meeting a host of colourful characters along the way and improving their reading skills as they progress.

Cost

$7.99

Notes

Available on Google Play for $7.99

Age

PP-Year 5

Description

Extension of the Touch and Write handwriting app. A fun way for children to practice vowels, blends, digraphs and trigraphs as they write with a variety of mediums.

Cost

$4.49

Target Area: Reading (Fluency and Comprehension)

Age

K+

Description

Little Learner books for Stages 1-7 of the Little Learners Love Literacy sequenced reading program.

Cost

$13.99 – $16.99 per stage- (5 books/stage) | Bundle of 10 stages: $99.99

Age

Year 1+

Description

Structured reading program aimed at improving reading fluency and comprehension. Also targets vocabulary development. Includes non-fiction stories that are modeled by a fluent reader in the program that the student can read along with.

Cost

Lite: Free Separate app for each of the 5 levels ($30.99 each)

Age

Ages 6-8

Description

Twenty stories about everyday life (150 words per story) that introduce new vocabulary and concepts, followed by multiple choice questions, true/false questions and matching activities to measure comprehension.

Cost

Lite: Free

Note

“Developer needs to update this program for it to work on iOS 11.”

Age

Year 1 +

Description

A series of short stories for young readers per grade level (fiction/non-fiction). Includes fluency timer (calculates words per minute) and comprehension questions.

Cost

Full: $5.99

Note

Requires independence as a reader: fluency timer will not be accurate if readers skim over text without actually reading and understanding. Available on Google Play for $4.21

Age

K-Year 4

Description

Three separate apps to download (K-1, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-4). Engaging stories to improve reading fluency and confidence. Each story followed by a series of multiple choice comprehension questions.

Cost

Free

Age

Year 2-7

Description

Customisable stories and quizzes to encourage auditory and reading comprehension as well as story generation skills.

Cost

Full: $30.99

Target Area: Writing (Handwriting and Written Expression)

Age

K+

Description

Simple and rewarding game for practicing letter formation.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $10.99

Note

Does not link letters to sounds (reads letter name when formation complete) Available on Google Play for $6.99

Age

K +

Description

Engaging activities for practicing letter formation in isolation and in short words.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $4.49

Age

Kindy +

Description

Develops letter formation. Includes games to practise blending sounds to form short words.

Cost

Full: $4.49

Note

Available on Google Play for $4.89

Age

K – Year 2

Description

Focuses on correct sentence structure along with skills in pronunciation, grammar and punctuation. Able to customise pictures, words and sentences.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full: $9.99

Note

Available on Google Play for $1.92

Age

K-Year 3

Description

Four versions available – Victorian Modern Cursive, QLD Beginners, Block Print and South Australian Font.

Cost

$4.49

Target Area: Vocabulary / Grammar

Age

Ages 3+

Description

Flash cards that prompt “Let’s name things that… (e.g., things that are noisy). Encourages students to practice naming (vocabulary) and categorisation. Game includes flashcards with no means of measuring accuracy of responses.

Cost

Free

Note

Must be played with a partner who can determine correctness of responses and provide feedback. Available on Google Play

Age

PP +

Description

Activities for asking the correct WH questions and answering WH questions (by multiple choice) Questions can either be read or heard by students. Activities include multiple choice (asking or answering questions) and matching games. Provides feedback if response correct/incorrect but no specific feedback to improve performance.

Cost

Lite: Free (includes “Who cards”) | Bundle: $17.99

Note

Limited availability on Google Play

Age

Kindy +

Description

Listen to/read sentences (with pictures) and fill in the blanks to practice ‘I’ and ‘me’ personal pronouns.

Cost

Free

Note

Provides corrective feedback when incorrect responses given Available on Google Play for $2.15

Age

Ages 5 and under

Description

Language development and early literacy activities.

Cost

Free

Age

Ages 3 +

Description

A set of games designed to help children build vocabulary. Involves reading and/or hearing words and matching pictures. Includes 252 vocabulary items.

Cost

Full: $2.99

Note

Based on Reading Eggs

Age

PP +

Description

Useful app for learning and practicing etymology of words used in educational settings. Quiz includes 250 Greek and Latin root words that provides corrective feedback throughout.

Cost

Full: $2.99

Target Area: Other (Literacy)

Age

Any

Description

Picture to text reader. Also acts as a translator.

Cost

Free

Age

PP +

Description

Drawing app.

Cost

Free. Available on Google Play

Age

Any

Description

A selection of apps to support learning in Science and Society and Environment (e.g., Coral Reefs, US Presidents)

Cost

$2.99 – $7.99. Available on Google Play

Age

Secondary

Description

Online depository of lessons. Teachers can load recorded PowerPoints or learning materials for students to download.

Cost

Free. Available on Google Play

Age

Any

Description

Electronic book reader.

Cost

Free. Available on Google Play

Age

Any

Description

Electronic book reader.

Cost

Free | Pro version – $1.49. Available on Google Play

Age

Any

Description

Electronic book reader.

Cost

Free. Available on Google Play

Age

Any

Description

Voice to text app that allows children to record their thoughts and get the correct spelling for unknown words.

Cost

$2.99. Available on Google Play for $1.99

Age

Any

Description

BookRecorder makes it easy for children, teachers, parents and grandparents to record their own audiobook.

Cost

Free

Target Area: Auditory Comprehension

Age

K -Year 8

Description

Listening activities for: Memory for numbers Memory for Words Memory for Details; Sentence Completion; Memory for WH Information. Provides clear goals to reach for each level and gives strategy ideas when goals not reached.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full version (see Hearbuilder website)

Note

Must create an account to sign in and access all levels. Might need some help with American vocab (e.g., quarter). Available on Google Play

Age

Pre K -Year 3

Description

Follow directions of increasing difficulty (more steps to the instruction).
Provides clear goals to reach for each level and gives feedback when targets not met.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full version (see Hearbuilder website)

Note

Must create an account to sign in and access all levels. Available on Google Play

Age

K -Year 6

Description

Sequencing picture cards to match spoken phrases. Provides clear goals to reach for each level.

Cost

Lite: Free | Full version (see Hearbuilder website)

Note

Available on Google Play

Age

Ages 5 and under

Description

Interactive games that require players to respond to simple and complex directions. Skills of listening, following directions, colours, spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing also required.

Cost

Lite: $1.49 | Full: $24.99

Age

Ages 5 and under

Description

Interactive and engaging games to practice listening, following directions, colours, comparatives (larger/smaller) spatial concepts, auditory memory and auditory processing.

Cost

Lite: $1.49 | Full: $24.99

Age

Ages 4 +

Description

Practice language and auditory processing tasks at the basic sentence level. Encourages children to create mental images from what they hear.

Cost

Lite: $1.49 | Full: $14.99

Age

Ages 18 months – 4 Years

Description

Develop listening and language skills. Instructions range from a very early level of language development (e.g. single word recognition) to much more complex (e.g. instructions combining several aspects of language at once).

Cost

Full: $4.49

Note

Available on Google Play for $3.20

Note: Apps listed as Lite are usually supported by advertising and can be restricted in the number of games or levels available. Apps listed as Full generally have no ads and all levels/features are unlocked. Lite versions of these apps are designed for you to review the suitability of an app prior to purchasing.