Touch Press’s Ink Blott Undergroundapp for iOS is an engaging English language arts game for middle school students in which players dig through a series of crystal-filled caves and bring their vivid world back to life by using word parts to fix broken words and sentences. The game educates students on prefixes and suffixes in relation to root words. The object of this game is to help Blott the Inkling—an inky, resourceful mole-like creature that lives below the ground in the literary world. Blott must work tirelessly to revitalize and maintain the dense and perilous Verbose Underground. Students work to guide Blott through caverns to collect crystals and unlock levels. However, the paths to the caverns are often blocked, so Blott must repair corrupted words or sentences to unblock the paths to the caverns in order to reach the crystals and unlock the level. As they progress through the levels, students are introduced to more sophisticated gameplay and a higher degree of difficulty in word pairings. Cost:Free
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.