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Basic Operation

Use of the application is simple and intuitive. On launch, the reader is immediately presented with a word to learn. The reader visits each word until the round is complete.*

To move to the next word, the user clicks either the got-it got it button icon or the revisitrevisit button icon button. Other things the reader can do while visiting a word are to have it pronounced by clicking the hinthint button icon button or test his/her own pronunciation of the word by clicking the micmic button icon button (speech recognition).

*At start-up, which word and how it is presented are determined according to the currently selected list and learning mode. Typically a round consists of viewing each word in a list; however, the user can select the length of a round.

The user can also record his/her own voice and create custom word lists.

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Features and Controls

Learning Modes:

Control and Navigation:


Screenshot with control annotations
Main Screen with Annotated Controls

In addition to this application's specific controls described in this section, the standard android device controls and hard buttons (back, menu, home, etc.) are supported and have their usual functions.
Use the device's menu button to access Reload List, Exit, Preferences, Edit.

List Selection:

Clicking the word list selection button (located at the top left of the main window - see control diagram) brings up the word list selection dialog. From there, simply select which word list to review.

Mode Selection:

Clicking the mode selection button (located at the top right of the main window - see control diagram) brings up the mode selection dialog. From there, simply select which learning mode you want to enter.

List Navigation:

Got it buttonGot-It Button: Use the Got-It button to to move to the next word in the list while removing the current word from the round. The number under the Got-It icon shows how many words have been read in the current list.
Hint buttonHint Button: Clicking the Hint button will have the word pronounced for the reader. The number under the Hint icon shows how many words have been pronounced for the reader.
Note: In this version, words are pronounced using synthesized voice. As such, a few words are not as clear as desired. Future releases will use voice recordings for pronunciation and will allow the user to add their own recordings.
Revisit buttonRevisit Button: The Revisit button will move to the next word in the list while keeping the current word on the list so it can be revisited in the round. The number under the Revisit icon shows how many words the reader has asked to be revisited.
Revisit buttonMic Button: The Mic button will bring up the speech recognition dialog. Once the dialog is ready, the reader should speak the current word; after which, the application will determine if the reader pronounced the word correctly. Please read the section on speech recognition for more information on using this capability.

Reload List:

Accessed from the device's menu button - "Reload List" will start a new round using the currently selected list.

Exit:

Accessed from the device's menu button - "Exit" will exit the application.

Edit:

Accessed from the device's menu button - "Edit" will take the user to Edit Mode where he/she can record his/her own voice and create custom word lists,


User Preferences/Configuration:

Access the "User Preferences/Configuration"" screen by clicking the device's menu button, then selecting "Preferences"

Word List

Clicking on this brings up the word list selection dialog. From there, simply select which word list to review. This preference performs the same function as the List Selection Button found on the main screen.

Use Subset of Word List

Checking this option will cause the application to choose a subset of words from the list to use in a round. The number of words to use in a round is then determined by the Words Per Round preference, which is also set by the user. When this option is unchecked, the application will use the entire list for a round.

For readers who need more frequent feedback and rewards, several short rounds can be more effective than one long round.

Words Per Round

If the Use Subset of Word List option is checked, this preference determines the maximum number of words to present in a round (0 - 99).

All Upper Case

Click this option to show all letters in upper case

Enable Speech Recog.

Checking this makes the speech recognition function available. (i.e. makes the micmic button icon button visible)

Show Voice Recognizer Results

When checked, the speech recognition function will display a list of words it believes could match what the reader said.

Require Speech Recognition

This option should only be checked for readers who are experienced with using the application and have used speech recognition in a non-required mode.

This option applies only in "Quiz" mode. With this option checked, the application will not allow the reader to remove a word from the round (i.e. click the got-it got it button icon button) until he/she has pronounced the word correctly as determined by the speech recognition capability. (The other navigation buttons will still function normally.) This can be very rewarding for readers who are successful, but can be very discouraging for readers who have trouble using the speech recognition function. Therefore, users should be very careful about which readers use this option.

Please read the entire explanation of speech recognition before considering this option.


Speech Recognition:

The speech recognition capability (initiated by clicking the micmic button icon button) gives the reader a chance to try pronouncing the words themselves. We recommend young readers use this function only as a "fun thing to try" and not consider it a pass or fail test of their ability to read and pronounce the word. Early readers need good positive feedback from adults who can correct any pronunciation problems early and consistently. Only humans can provide the right feedback for early readers.

Before trying the speech recognition, early readers should first get used to operating the application and navigating the lists. Once they are having fun with the application and have mastered its basic navigation, they can be introduced to the speech recognition as an extra fun technology to play with. However, before introducing this capability to a young reader, we recommend the adult tutor first become familiar with the use of the speech recognition function so they can pass on their take on how to interact with it.

Speech recognition is not precise. As discussed above, only after a word list has been reviewed in the company of a human tutor should it be attempted by young readers to avoid possible frustration. Once in use, there is bound to come a time where the reader believes he/she is pronouncing the word correctly, but the application is not recognizing it. There are several approaches to dealing with this. The best option is probably telling the reader he/she has it right and the application just doesn't know how to pronounce the word itself. (Kids these days already understand that computers sometimes "just don't get it".) The other option is to find out what the application thinks the reader is saying. You can determine this by having the speech recognizer display what it thinks the reader is saying whenever it is run. Do this through the "Show voice recog. result" option via the "User Preferences dialog". Once the reader sees what the application believes he/she is saying (a tutor may need to help here), certain sounds can be stressed and pronunciation improved to get the word recognized.


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