We are pleased to announce that the hotly anticipated new Doodle apps – DoodleEnglish and DoodleSpell – are now available to download!
We have loved making these apps and want to share some advice on how to make the most of using them.
You will need the sound on for this one! When your child uses the app, they will need to click on the loudspeaker symbol to the left of the question. DoodleSpell will then read the question to them in the same format they would hear it in a spelling test. They can then hear an example sentence by clicking on the loudspeaker above. This will ensure they hear it in context.
In all of our apps, we use text-to-speech functionality so children can have the questions read out to them. We use this instead of recordings so that the apps take up less space on your device. This does mean the voice you hear will depend on your device – sometimes these are defaulted to rather dreary and perhaps uninspiring voices, but it is possible to change it. On an iPad or iPhone, go into Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech > Voices. Choose your language and download from the selection of voices. We think that ‘Siri Female Enhanced’ works most effectively. On Android devices, go to System Settings > Language & Input > Text-to-speech output. Hit the gear icon next to the “Google text to speech” option and click on “Language” in the settings screen.
With DoodleEnglish, we have included questions on punctuation, grammar and comprehension. Sometimes, children will be asked questions on a piece of text. Where necessary, we have displayed this in the attachment with the paperclip. It will also be displayed in the explanation in the help feature.
We hope these tips will help you enjoy using DoodleEnglish and DoodleSpell! If you have any feedback for us, please do share it so we can continue to improve our products.