Artistic literacy app praised for 'feel good' factor

Roland Zoss

App developer and composer, Roland Zoss, is a dedicated voice in the heart of Europe and represents the diversity of cultures. He sings his songs under the world music label Putumayo. His best-known children's albums are: ABC Dino Xenegugeli, Muku-Tiki-Mu, Slumberland. Some of the characters in his apps and songs became cultural figures.

E-Mail: [email protected] 

Website: www.rolandzoss.com Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you want to use music, sound effects and visual adventures to help young pupils learn their letters, then you need to know about globetrotting Swiss musician / novelist Roland Zoss and his app ABC Dino - a resource which has already seen huge popularity in continental Europe. 

In 1999, Roland released the song and picture album ABC Dino Xenegugeli to acclaim from the Swiss education sector, with the resource becoming used as standard in many Swiss preschools and elementary schools. In the 21 years since, the artistic sensation has become an consistently-evolving app - created with the input of a whopping 50 artists - helping teachers to engage thousands of pupils with their language learning in Swiss dialects, German, Spanish, French, and now English. 

With ABC Dino, pupils aged 2 and up are tasked with accurately writing letters and words on their Apple or Android device. Upon successful completion, the learner is rewarded with a new, animated animal friend along with an accompanying song.

"A wonderful app for learning the letters and how to write them," recommends Primary teacher Urs Zuberbühler in one of ABC Dino's many glowing EdTech Impact reviews"Musically accompanied by wonderful songs, children and adults alike immerse themselves in the world of the alphabet. Since the app is available in different languages, it is also ideal for foreign language lessons."

Ireland-based teacher Catherine Rhatigan, meanwhile, says that ABC Dino is "upbeat, very student friendly... enjoyment of the programme leads to a feelgood factor and a willingness to return for more learning."

The app boasts 44 animals (drawn by artist Holger Schöpflin) and songs thus far, each one around 20 seconds long. What's more, ABC Dino does not include any kind of hidden costs, and no data is being sent or collected - ideal for pupils who might be learning at home with their parents. 

Roland excitedly explains the innovate process thus:

"At the start, the app displays the X-animal on the screen and music can be heard. A simple swiping motion lets the first image appear and A, the first letter of the alphabet.

"The animals, which are presented to coincide with the letters, change. A total of 44 animals are called into action.

"The app presents a letter to coincide with the animal image. It pronounces the animal's name, and repeats the initial sound in classical and phonetical fashion.

"When the children tap on the image twice it turns and displays the matching uppercase and lowercase letter. After that it is all about the correct way to actually write the letter. Numbered arrows show how it is done. If the children successfully trace the letter with their finger, or better yet with a stylus, the letter turns green.

"When the card turns around again the child is presented with a reward. The animal becomes animated, and is accompanied by its natural sound and a song clip. A complete set of music regarding the animals may be downloaded as an album."

"Kids love the app. They want to see the animals in action again and again. By doing so, they learn the upper and lower case letters in no time at all. The complete journey through the alphabet takes approximately 40 minutes."

So if you're teaching pupils their letters, ABC Dino is a must-try. You can check out their homepage at https://abcdino.swiss, read user reviews at https://edtechimpact.com/products/abc-dino, and get in touch with the ABC Dino team via [email protected] to discuss further.

 Looking for more resources to support your teaching and learning? Check out the best education technology resources on our sister platform EdTech Impact.

Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support us.
When you register, you'll join a grassroots community where you can:
• Enjoy unlimited access to articles
• Get recommendations tailored to your interests
• Attend virtual events with our leading contributors
Register Now
Login
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Latest stories

  • How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country
    How to handle stress while teaching in a foreign country

    Teaching English in a foreign country is likely to be one of the most demanding experiences you'll ever have. It entails relocating to a new country, relocating to a new home, and beginning a new career, all of which are stressful in and of themselves, but now you're doing it all at once. And you'll have to converse in a strange language you may not understand.

  • Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?
    Is Learning Fun for You, Teacher?

    Over the weekend, my family of five went to an Orlando theme park, and I decided we should really enjoy ourselves by purchasing an Unlimited Quick Queue pass. It was so worth the money! We rode every ride in the park at least twice, but one ride required us to ride down a rapidly flowing river, which quenched us with water. It was incredible that my two-year-old was laughing as well. We rode the Infinity Falls ride four times in one day—BEST DAY EVER for FAMILY FUN in the Sun! The entire experience was epic, full of energizing emotions and, most importantly, lots of smiles. What made this ride so cool was that the whole family could experience it together, the motions were on point, and the water was the icing on the cake. It had been a while since I had that type of fun, and I will never forget it.

  • Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2
    Free recycling-themed resources for KS1 and KS2

    The Action Pack is back for the start of the brand new school year, just in time for Recycle Week 2021 on 20 - 26 September, to empower pupils to make the world a better and more sustainable place. The free recycling-themed resources are designed for KS1 and KS2 and cover the topics of Art, English, PSHE, Science and Maths and have been created to easily fit into day-to-day lesson planning.

  • Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu
    Inspire your pupils with Emma Raducanu

    Following the exceptional performance from British breakthrough star Emma Raducanu, who captured her first Grand Slam at the US Open recently, Emmamania is already inspiring pupils aged 4 - 11 to get more involved in tennis - and LTA Youth, the flagship
    programme from The LTA, the governing body of tennis in Britain, has teachers across the country covered.

  • 5 ways to boost your school's eSafety
    5 ways to boost your school's eSafety

    eSafety is a term that constantly comes up in school communities, and with good reason. Students across the world are engaging with technology in ways that have never been seen before. This article addresses 5 beginning tips to help you boost your school’s eSafety. 

  • Tackling inequality in EdTech
    Tackling inequality in EdTech

    We have all been devastated by this pandemic that has swept the world in a matter of weeks. Schools have rapidly had to change the way they operate and be available for key workers' children. The inequalities that have long existed in communities and schools are now being amplified by the virus.

  • EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab
    EdTech review & The Curriculum Lab

    The world is catching up with a truth that we’ve championed at Learning Ladders for the last 5 years - that children’s learning outcomes are greatly improved by teachers, parents and learners working in partnership. 

  • Reducing primary to secondary transition stress
    Reducing primary to secondary transition stress

    As school leaders grapple with the near impossible mission to start bringing more students into schools from 1st June, there are hundreds of thousands of Year 6 pupils thinking anxiously about their move to secondary school.

  • Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?
    Generation Z and online tutoring: natural bedfellows?

    The K-12 online tutoring market is booming around the world, with recent research estimating it to grow by 12% per year over the next five years, a USD $60bn increase. By breaking down geographic barriers and moving beyond the limits of local teaching expertise, online tutoring platforms are an especially valuable tool for those looking to supplement their studies in the developing world, and students globally are increasingly signing up to online tuition early on in their secondary education schooling. 

  • Employable young people or human robots?
    Employable young people or human robots?

    STEM skills have been a major focus in education for over a decade and more young people are taking science, technology, engineering, and maths subjects at university than ever before, according to statistics published by UCAS. The downside of this is that the UK is now facing a soft skills crisis and the modern world will also require children to develop strong social skills as the workplaces are transformed by technology. 

In order to make our website better for you, we use cookies!

Some firefox users may experience missing content, to fix this, click the shield in the top left and "disable tracking protection"