“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

Elmo Loves ABCs – Educational Game Software Evaluation

 

Briefly describe what the software is and what it does.

Elmo Loves ABCs by Sesame Street is software for IPad is an engaging, multifunction app made for children to help learning the alphabets. The software includes different modes varying with different types of games children can enjoy playing. The games allow the children to choose letter, trace the letters, and watch video clips of objects that start with that letter. This mode allows the children to get involved in the game by coloring in the objects that were shown or play hide and seek. Another mode in the software allows children to identify and recognize letters within a group of letters (both uppercase and lowercase letters are used). The software includes the sounds that each letter makes. This mode includes a game where children can hear sounds of letters and watch a video finding the item that starts with the similar sound which was heard earlier. The software also includes a mode where the alphabet song is played by Elmo where children are invited to sing along with Elmo and friends.

 Why did you pick the educational software to review?

As an Early Childhood Educator I believe that each child is an individual learner. Each child is unique and learns differently. After browsing through many different types of software I came across Elmo Loves ABCs and discovered the many things I was looking for in a good software game for children in preschool. This software includes learning outcomes for children in regards to learning the alphabets and the sounds of each alphabet. Through this software I believe children will gain an understanding of the alphabets by recognizing the sound each alphabet makes and connecting it to items with the same letter. This software provides a well-structured learning environment for children and the multimedia allows children to choose the activities they wish to complete within the modes of the software. Overall, I believe that this software after using and reviewing it is an interactive, engaging, enjoyable game for a child that also includes many methods of learning for young children.

What do you think are the best features of the software for the childcare profession?

The best features of the software game Elmo Loves ABCs is the choices of media forms within the game. The software has varieties included such as the texts for the alphabets, picture graphics of items, animation videos of Elmo and audio of the sounds the letters make and finally we have Elmo speaking to the children about learning the alphabets. The format used by the software is highly acceptable to the classrooms of preschool children or at home care with parents and families. The children are allowed to have control over what their own learning experience will follow with. Each child has an opportunity “to select the content, methods, materials, and activities that suit their own needs, interests, and abilities” (Goynes, 2000). The software has a variety of learning potentials for children. Learning potentials for this software would include language and reading while the children recognize letters, words, names and spellings. Another learning outcome would be Creative arts where the children draw, listen to music and sing along with songs. Also, children using this software are found using skills of thinking, reasoning and communication while applying information, solving puzzles and listening. This software has several forms of interactive media built within one app.

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