Alpha Tiles’ design goal is to create basic literacy games for a new language in less than one week. Features are continually being added in parallel with new localizations. Testing is underway in 20 languages in seven countries. The Alpha Tiles app runs on Android devices.
Why Another Literacy App?
In the fall of 2020, we reviewed the Google Play Store for educational apps for the 553 indigenous languages spoken in the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. Out of 159 apps identified, 42 had active response activities. Six had spelling games, but these games moved immediately from passive word exposure to spelling from memory. There is a clear need for a literacy app for minority languages that builds spelling skills through a sequence of increasingly difficult activities.