App Review – Bitsboard

Spelling is currently a big focus in our school, and I’ve found a number of apps for practising spelling. However, none have been quite so easily personalisable as Bitsboard.

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This free app is incredibly versatile and easy to use. Using one of the ‘boards’ created by other teachers, or one you have created yourself, children can use 9 different mini games (matching, true/false, unscrambling, spelling) to practise reading and spelling different words. For children in Foundation Stage, it could simply be used for increasing their vocabulary. For older children, topic specific vocabulary could easily be inputted.

I tried creating a board for next term’s spelling objective; the -le ending. Inputting the word ‘kettle’ brought up a number of different kettle images instantly for me to choose from. If a word wasn’t in the app’s audio bank, or sounded too American, I could record over it using my own voice.

After creating a free teacher account, I simply shared my ‘board’. The children can then search and download the board to use in lessons.

All in all, a fantastic addition to my spelling lesson repertoire, which makes great use of technology!

Of course, its use isn’t only limited to spelling/Literacy. There are plenty of boards for counting coins, telling the time and other concepts.

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5 thoughts on “App Review – Bitsboard

  1. Hi,

    Nice blog here! great resources for tech-oriented teachers.

    I created a cool app to teach colours to kids – it uses the iPads camera to recognise colours and announces them , allows for a cool color-tag game and more!
    The app speaks many languages and is a great exercise for teaching second languages (Spanish, French, German, Hungarian, Mandarin, Hebrew and Arabic are included!).

    check it out thru my blog or
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/id601941886?
    or contact me:
    colorappmail@gmail.com

    Cheers,
    Yaron

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