Kids’ book spawns new educational application

Local author and specialist dyslexia teacher Diana Ward recently finished developing her first educational digital game.

Find Marlee and the Diamond Earring is for children ages 3 to 12 and is based on the book, Marlee and the Diamond Earring. The lead character Marlee is in fact based on her own dog, who she adopted from the Cayman Islands Humane Society a little more than two years ago.

Diana designed the app while studying for her master’s degree in education. Having spent many years working closely with children with dyslexia, she says she is aware of the problems that parents can face, including those with children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD.

With this in mind, she explains that she decided to use her extensive teaching experience to create fun and accessible ways to help improve children’s concentration and memory skills.

Fun education

Recent studies, she explains, have shown that digital games are becoming a consistent and valuable part of classroom activities, as well as being a fun way to introduce education at home.

“This is not true of all digital games.

“Games specifically designed for educational purposes need to meet certain key elements; specifically, educational games should include tasks that can be completed as well as create the need to focus on the task given. Each task should have a clear goal, provide feedback and encourage players to exercise a sense of control over their actions.”

Diana is working on a spelling app targeted toward children ages 9 to 16 with dyslexia, as well as a grammar app which is for children of all ages as well as adults. The app can be won for free by going to the Marlee’s Adventures website and filling in the competition form there.

Marlee and the Diamond Earring is available to buy on Amazon or locally at Books & Books and Book Nook, It is also available for downloading on Apple’s iTunes audiobooks.

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