Audio Typing Bee is an app that I consider a hybrid of sorts – part spelling and part typing app. Spelling because it asks your child to identify a picture and then spell out the word. Typing because your child uses an onscreen, child friendly version of the iPhone/iPad keyboard to do that spelling. This is an app that works on two skills at the same time.
There are several ways to adjust Audio Typing Bee’s difficulty. The first thing that you may adjust is the game’s difficulty level. You have three levels to choose and they’ll determine the length of the words your child must spell. The second thing that you may adjust is the keys on the keyboard. You may set things up so that the screen displays a box for each letter in the word and the keyboard highlights the letter keys for the word. The next option keeps the letter boxes but takes away the hints on the keyboard and your final choice will remove the boxes and the hints. If this is your choice then your child will need to type out the word on their own with absolutely no hints at all.
In addition to tweaking the length of words and the keyboard hints you can also set a timer for each spelling word. You can give your child no time limit, five or ten seconds to type out each word. Finally, you may adjust the number of rounds that your child plays. This lets you determine whether they spell out five, ten or twenty words. Each correctly spelled word is worth points and Audio Typing Bee tracks and records their final scores. By default Audio Typing Bee announces the name of the picture on the screen, the object your child is trying to spell. If you really want to kick things up a notch you can even turn this off in the app’s settings.
At first glance I didn’t realize how much I could adjust the difficulty of Audio Typing Bee. It wasn’t until I got into the app and begin playing with the different levels, tweaking things here and there, that I saw how the app could suite different learning levels. I also like how the app incorporates the iPhone/iPad keyboard. The developers have removed the keys that aren’t needed for spelling so nothing gets in the way of the letters and children still get practical use of the keyboard.
One suggestion that I’d make for Audio Typing Bee would be to add a short description of how the words are broken up into the different difficulty levels. I can tell that much of it is determined by length but I would have liked just a little more information. Do you spell two syllable words in the second level, three in the third? That sort of thing.
Audio Typing Bee is the name of the iPad version and Audio Typing Bee for iPhone is the iPhone app. Both are available in iTunes and I have five promo codes to give away for each version. If you’d like to try one please leave me a comment letting me know which version you’d prefer. Random winners will be selected on Friday evening.
Price when Reviewed: $.99 for iPhone and $1.99 for iPad
Seller: Willhall Siau
Disclosure: I received a copy of this app for review purposes.