The Effects of Using Word Sorts in Combination with iPad Spelling Applications on Spelling Acquisition of a Student with a Specific Learning Disability

Nicole Wellnitz

Abstract

This research studied the effects of using word sorts in combination with iPad spelling applications on the spelling acquisition of a third grade student with a Specific Learning Disability. The researcher measured the effects on spelling acquisition using pre- and post-assessments. The informal assessments used included a Words their Way Spelling assessment, a Nonsense word assessment from Teaching Phonics and Word Study in Intermediate Grades, and a questionnaire. The student engaged in word sorts prior to completing a spelling application on the iPad. The strategies implemented with gains in spelling skills and had a positive effect on the student's attitude towards spelling. The research also showed positive effects in the student's reading of nonsense words. More research applying these techniques to students with and without disabilities should be conducted to further explore these approaches.