Auto-correct may be making perfect spellers out of all of us (along with a few spectacular text fails), but the convenient technology is coming at a steep price for students. According to loads of research, there is an incredibly strong connection between poor spelling and poor reading.
In the United States, where a full 65% of fourth graders are now reading below grade level, researchers are seeing something of an epidemic, with some linking it to significant changes to how spelling is taught — and not taught — in school.
So why the drop in spelling aptitude? Before you blame that smartphone, researcher and educational consultant J. Richard Gentry Ph.D. says different forces are at play, namely the introduction of spelling delivery systems introduced two decades ago which fail to adequately teach proper spelling. Far more effective, says Gentry, is the tried-and-true Noah Webster Blue-backed Speller. Read the full (and fascinating) article here.
And if you’re looking for a truly great app to help your kids practice for spelling tests, increase their vocabulary and play great words games while they’re at it, our top pick is SpellingCity, available for free here.