To make innovative educational apps for children.
Some time back I decided to teach my
daughter to read using the synthetic phonics approach.
My first task was to introduce her to the letter sounds.
While there are many fantastic apps and web services
that teach Phonics, she often got confused between
the subtle differences in some letter sounds when listening.
I was surprised that none really demonstrate correct
pronunciation using visual aids like lip, mouth and tongue movements.
Another surprising limitation of the
available apps and software was that few apps encourage
children to practice out loud and even fewer are anyway
effective at getting children to pronounce sounds and
words aloud. This active participation in a lesson
really enforces learning and the ability to recall
and is routinely used by teachers in the classroom.
I decided to use my background
in audio and visual speech technologies to create novel
apps to support the Phonics approach to reading.
Our first app ‘Phonics with Phonzy’ concentrates
on introducing children to phonics or letter sounds
in a fun an engaging manner. Phonzy will demonstrate
correct pronunciation both audibly and visually.
Phonzy will also encourage children to practice
their sounds and words aloud. Interlaced throughout
their practice are engaging animations and fun
interactions with Phonzy.
To create these apps we have a fantastic team of
educators, designers, animators and programmers.