Pyxwise Software Updates Its Educational App, Simplex Spelling Phonics 2

February 4, 2016 in Education (E)

[] Edmonton, Canada - Pyxwise Software today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read 3.0.1, an important update to its critically acclaimed interactive phonetics-based spelling app for iOS devices. Aimed at children of all ages, Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 focuses on teaching spelling using phonetics, covering different kinds of syllables, compound words and advanced phonograms that build upon the content already taught in Simplex Spelling Phonics 1.

The app now features a starting level assessment that ensures students begin learning at the level that is ideal for their individual needs. Another added feature is a review mode that allows students to review the content they have already learned using a randomly generated wordlist. When reviewing material, all the hints are turned off to help students master material they have already covered. Both these new features include advanced data tracking that allows parents and teachers to view data about each word attempted in interactive bar graphs.

Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 uses Pyxwise's unique "reverse phonics" approach that acts like a personal spelling coach, explaining why sounds are spelled differently depending on their context. This makes the app a valuable teaching companion, almost giving each child a personal tutor.

Pyxwise has had its educational methodology validated by an academic study which demonstrated, over an 18-week period, an average improvement of 1.9 grades in spelling scores among children who regularly used its Simplex Spelling apps. The largest grade improvement was 4.4 grade levels.

Featuring a dictionary of 650 high-frequency words and 54 different lessons, the app has enough material to fill a whole year's curriculum. Each word has an accompanying audio recording with an example sentence, which really makes the app come to life. Color-coding, animation and game elements such as stars for achievement make the app more fun and interactive, keeping children motivated and engaged.

Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 tackles one of the main challenges of learning English spelling, which is that unstressed syllables often have indistinct vowel sounds. To address this problem, each syllable is spelled out both in letters and using audio recordings, helping the students see and hear unstressed syllables. Unlike other spelling apps, Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 goes beyond the basics to teach students the nuances of English spelling and phonetics.

Since launching, the app has been featured in Apple's New & Noteworthy category in 18 different countries, including the US, and has received glowing reviews from educational technology specialists, teachers, speech-language pathologists, students and parents.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later
* 117 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Simplex Spelling Phonics 2 Syllables - Spell To Read 3.0.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

Pyxwise Software is an independent family-friendly game and educational software development firm based in Edmonton, Canada. The company combines technical excellence with a drive to change education for the better. The company has achieved wide recognition for its educational apps including winning the Balefire Labs "Best Educational App of 2014" award for its Simplex Spelling Phonics - Advanced Phonograms app. Copyright (C) 2016 Pyxwise Software Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.


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