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 60 languages in 26 countries. Alpha Tiles is an Android app that is fully functional offline.
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 basic literacy games app that builds spelling skills through a sequence of increasingly difficult activities.