Go Words 2017-08-13T13:51:30+00:00
Go Words is a fun and engaging way to teach the names of various everyday objects to younger children and English Language Learners. Created by a certified speech-language pathologist and developed by Smarty Ears Apps, Go Words is designed to be a joint activity for parents or caregivers to engage with their younger learner.
Go Words

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Go Words is a fun and engaging way to teach the names of various everyday objects to younger children and English Language Learners. Created by a certified speech-language pathologist and developed by Smarty Ears Apps, Go Words is designed to be a joint activity for parents or caregivers to engage with their younger learner.
Research indicates improving vocabulary, describing ability, and the associations between words helps individuals improve language comprehension and reading skills (Bromley, 2007). Wanting to know more about words, also known as word consciousness, is essential for vocabulary growth and encouraged by encouraging students to play with words (Stahl, 1999). With the aid and direction of the adult, Go Words is designed to help target these important vocabulary skills.
Quality early learning experiences build skills and engage children’s minds and bodies. These skills encourage creative thinking, cognition, and language skills. Today’s children grow up in a world of technology and are drawn to the devices their parents and caregivers are using (Lerner & Barr, 2014).

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Recognizing that children learn best when actively engaged with their parent or caregiver, Smarty Ears Apps encourages parents to interact, question, and actively participate in the use of the Go Words app.

Two Languages!
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Go Words is currently available in not one, but TWO languages: English and Portuguese. To change languages, simply tap on the settings icon in the upper left hand corner of the main page.
Then select the language of choice.

Getting Started

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To get started, tap the “Play” button on the main screen to be transported to the student profile page.
The category selection screen will populate. Simply tap the target category. Go Words features 7 basic categories.
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The category will begin with a single picture and gradually work up to nine images per screen.

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Skills Learned
Go Words helps encourage both receptive and expressive language skills. For receptive skills, the adult will ask the child to find the correct picture. For instance, the adult could ask, “find the shirt,” or “find the glasses.”
For expressive language skills, the player will name the item before tapping on the image. To expand on the expressive language skills, the adult can ask the player to describe the item by color, texture, or description. For instance, “the striped shirt” or “the brown shorts.”

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As the player finds and taps the picture, a pleasant tone will chime and a visual reward is shown. The image is then covered with a star to show that it has been selected. At the bottom of each page, a visual tally displays the number of targets remaining in white.
Research suggests using screen media as a tool for learning can be beneficial when content and context are considered. When parents use screen-time as a shared experience and talk with the child about what he or she is learning, the potential negative effects of screen time are reduced or mitigated (Lerner & Barr, 2014). In addition, parents and caregivers can help transfer the information learned from the screen into the real world by extending learning from the app to the real world, for instance:
When learning Animals,
– visit the Zoo.
– talk about the different animals
– discuss how the animals look in the app and at the zoo
After learning colors
– name colors outside
– while sorting laundry
– in the produce aisle at the grocery store
When learning Numbers
– Practice counting
– Point out numbers found in the world
– Count objects
– Match objects with numbers (e.g., 5 apples, the number 5)
Finishing the session
When the session is complete, a tap to the “home” button in the upper left-hand corner will complete the session.
Video Tutorial

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Features
Go Words has the following features:
– High-quality images
– TWO languages
– 7 Categories
– Lite version available
Sources
Bromley, K (2007), Nine things every teachers should know about words and vocabulary instruction. Journal of Ado-lescent & Adult Literacy; 50.7.2, p528-537, April 2007.
Lerner, C. & Barr, R. (2014). Screen sense: Setting the record straight. Research-based guidelines for screen use for children under 3 years old. Zero to Three. http://www.zerotothree.org/parenting-resources/screen-sense/screen-sense_wp_final3.pdf
Stahl, S. (1999). Vocabulary development. Cambridge. MA: Brookline.

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