Why should you choose PocketPhonics for your school?
Kids learn nine times faster with PocketPhonics
This is no accident. The app is rigorously based on the approach to teaching reading widely accepted as the best: synthetic phonics. We’ve spent more than three years tuning the app based on teachers’ and parents’ feedback to accelerate kids’ learning. Every design decision in PocketPhonics is based on research and has been tested and optimised.
We don’t make the claim of being the prettiest app, or the one with the best sound effects or animations. That’s not to say that we don’t believe they are important. We believe that they should support the learning not overwhelm it.
We do make the claim of being the only app that independent, and unsolicited, research found accelerated kids’ learning nine-fold. We put learning first.
When you are justifying iPad rollouts, obviously you will be asked how do you know it will be worth it? Where’s the evidence kids will learn more? Those hard numbers exist for PocketPhonics. We've not seen them for any other app.
You’ll be aware though that many educators doubt the value of using technology like iPads because they doubt the educational value of the apps. The researcher chose PocketPhonics precisely because it stood out from the crowd as having a genuine educational basis. The results demonstrated that with the right app the technology can deliver.
Four reasons to choose PocketPhonics for your school
 Educationally sound
“A lot of research and thought has gone into producing PocketPhonics”, Focus on Phonics.
PocketPhonics follow best educational practice. Kids are motivated through play but it’s play that engages their brains - they have to think to achieve, and are therefore more likely to remember. PocketPhonics is rigorous and fast-paced. Kids are taught specific, measurable skills and their progress is tracked.
 Individual, personalised learning
“This app feels much like a private tutoring session for early readers”, everythingmom.com.
“This app feels like you have a teacher or a tutor working with your child one on one”, pragmaticmom.com.
Each child using PocketPhonics does so under their own name. Each child is treated as an individual so that:
• the app can track each student’s performance
• you can customise settings for each student
• each student works at their level and the app remembers what they are working on, and what they have already learnt
When the app is re-started, it checks that this is the same player as last time. Ensuring that each child uses the right profile.
 Supports how you teach in school
PocketPhonics follows the synthetic phonics teaching method complying with both the “Reading First” part of the “No Child Left Behind Act” in the US, and the UK’s national curriculum.
PocketPhonics supports two popular handwriting styles like those taught in most US schools. It also supports lowercase, uppercase, or cursive letters. Kids are shown how to correctly form letters by our unique follow-me arrow.
PocketPhonics is set-up so you demonstrate it on an interactive whiteboard by using the appropriate lead from your iPad to interactive whiteboard (tested with Apple Composite AV Cable).
Our free guide to teaching kids to read brings you and your parents best practice.
If you have any problems, you can raise them from within the app and we get a full set of diagnostics to help us solve the issue. The app’s adult test protects settings and other non-children areas from kids.