By GollyGee Software
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Type away in this safe, fun environment for kids of all ages and see the letters show up nice and BIG!
Kids love typing away on the laptop just like their parents, which is so darned cute if it didn't happen while tweeting, updating Facebook, or sending important work emails!
That's why we wrote "Big Typer," the simple and fun app that helps children learn letters, spelling, reading and writing. This safe and fun learning environment lets them press any key and see what characters come up on the screen. Easy to use and lots of fun.
Big Typer can also MAKE YOUR COMPUTER TALK! Just press the "Speak" button and Big Typer will read aloud what's been typed in. It's amazing!
Parents can type along with their kids or just sit back and see what they create -- knowing that it won't be an embarrassing update on Facebook!
Features great sounds and an easy to use interface that makes learning to type fun, safe and easy.
What's New in Version 1.1
* Fixes problem with some laptops showing blank screen instead of program window
* Starts cursor out in typing window so no click is required
* Faster to respond to key presses
Amazing! Uses context to determine pronunciation. For kids or adults learning English or reading
Right after I purchased Big Typer I challenged it to speak, "The farmer taught his sow to sow." It got it right! Pleasantly surprised, I gave it, "The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert." Bingo! I continued to be amazed as Big Typer scored perfectly on almost all such challenges. It even gave proper inflection to, "Does he eat cake? Yes, he eats cake."
We use it with our grandson, who is learning to read. It is terrific for that purpose, The interface is dirt simple, No buttons or key sequences that a kid will hit by mistake and become lost in menus. Only a few clear buttons. Also, the musical notes with typing is nice touch. If your grandchildren are anything like mine, they may try a little childishly naughty language and end up in gales of laughter when they get it, and discover a lot about spelling when they don't. Let the be silly! They'll be learning fast.
But Big Typer need not be just for kids. I use it to help foreign students learn to work with English words whose pronunciation depends on context.
Ric Blacksten, Arlington, VA
Exactly what my preschooler wanted
My almost-four-year-old has gotten into some version of typing/banging on the keyboard but was accidentally invoking other commands when I just gave him a blank Word document to play in. And he would type gibberish and want me to read it for him. This app perfectly solves both problems - a full-screen editor with no magic key combinations, and it reads his words, or gibberish, back to him.
Although, devs: Why is the "Speak" button so tiny compared to "clear" and "quit"? He uses "speak" far more often. And it would be cool to be able to switch to the other OS X-supplied voices with an option suitably hidden somewhere.
So, ok, maybe not quite perfect, but we've gotten $1.99 worth out of it in the first day alone.
Less is More
As a Reading Specialist, (and 1st grade teacher) I've been looking for something just like this for 2-3 years.
It's simplicity keeps the students focused on a single task...
* Full screen app. No accidental clicks all over the place.
* No complicated menus, and just one clear big font.
* Great for phonics, spelling. writing etc.
* Gives the student the opportunity to self-monitor by listening to what they just wrote.
This app allows my young students to work independendly.