ALAN PEAT POCKET PUNCTUATION
CONCEPT: A reference guide to all things punctuation from grammar ninja Alan Peat.
DELIVERY: We didn't actually review Alan's first app, focusing on exciting sentence types, since we interviewed him upon its launch and he took us through the app in person. Suffice to say, I found it incredibly useful in my year 6 classroom in the run up to SATs and we used the awesome range of ideas across a series of sessions. The kids really got enthused about these special effect sentences and the results were seen across various levels of writer.
So when Alan let me know that he had another app launching, I was eager to check it out and actually put pen to digital paper this time to share my thoughts.
Much like the previous app, this is a tool aimed at the teacher rather than the students themselves. It provides a detailed guide to all forms of punctuation as well as a wealth of teaching ideas and lesson concepts for each. As with the last app, you can bring up a digital notepad whilst referring to a section, in order to take notes or plot out your own lesson ideas. This is a great touch and it's made even better this time by the inclusion of Dropbox synchronisation - great for sharing planning ideas with team members or during CPD sessions.
The final addition to this already jam-packed guide to punctuation is the punctuation face. This clever interactive image merges the whole range of punctuation marks into the image of a boy's face. Each piece of punctuation is even positioned such that the letter it begins with corresponds to the place it can be found on the face. So the Comma is on the Chin and the Exclamation marks are the Eyes and so on. Clicking on any of the marks takes you back to the definition page for reference or revision.
LIMITATIONS: As with Alan's previous app, the presentation is very simple and straightforward - but this an app for educators rather than students. More multimedia content would also be a great next step for the series.
CONCLUSION: What you've got here is an incredibly useful tool that goes beyond a regular teaching book from a bookstore and does it for a fraction of the price. A handy, detailed reference app that is an essential purchase for any primary school teacher. 5/5
Grammar sessions focusing on punctuation types.
As a reference tool
As a revision tool
CPD for staff
In the ESL classroom