Barton Tiles

Mobile App Development
For Dyslexia Specialists


The image shows Barton Tiles mobile app for Reading and Spelling System

The Barton Tiles Reading and Spelling System is a revolutionary teaching and learning solution made by Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, Inc. (Bright Solutions) - a worldwide expert in the field of dyslexia.

For nearly 20 years, Barton Reading and Spelling systems has been a leader in developing tutoring systems for children, teenagers, or adults who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learner disability.



The Idea

A Modern Teaching Tool

The picture shows the Barton Tiles App with screenshot of iPadBased in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bright Solutions originally developed the Barton system using physical, color-coded wooden letter tiles. In time, Bright Solution found the system to be cumbersome and time consuming to manage. After realizing this could be difficult for users to get aquainted with the learning system, Bright Solutions decided to take a new approach to the physical makeup of the system.

The company decided an electronic version of their spelling and reading system would be the ideal solution. After conducting detailed research they came to know about Zco Corporation and a partnerships was born.

An electronic version of the original system was created to provide professional and easy to manage digital training solutions for tutors. By leveraging preloaded training videos, lesson plans, and color-coded tiles the goal was to allow tutors to help individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities improve their spelling, reading, and writing skills through an interactive digital platform. Barton Tiles also aimed to provide the ability to manage student contact information, notes, and student’s progress level.

With their great profile in mobile app development we realized that Zco would be the best developer to create our application.

- Susan Barton, President of Bright Solutions

The Process

Transitioning To The Virtual World

The picture descripes about Barton Tiles Apps Lessons The process began when Bright Solutions approached Zco to build the Barton Tiles app. Barton Tiles was a unique app, as it had to help students go from a non-reader state, to a 10th-grade-level in reading, writing, and spelling in an interactive and engaging way.

As part of the discovery process, Bright Solutions visited New Hampshire to meet the Zco team in person and discuss the project in detail. As part of the development process, the discovery phase creates an opportunity to gather key information analyze specific tasks, and develop a detailed project outline.

After extensive conversations, Zco and Bright Solutions, felt it was best to first develop the app as an iPad app. Doing so, provided the greatest opportunity for tutors to easily access and use the app while creating a strong foundation for future platform development. Once discovery had been completed, Zco began working on the development phase which included screen design and architecture, wireframing, UI documentation, and more. Working with Bright Solutions to review and refine each of these areas, allowed for the creation of the blueprints for the Barton Tiles app.


After developing the iPad version of the app, it was critical to address the need for an Android based version of the app. While much of the foundation and app structure had already been developed, the Android version had unique challenges, given the Android app could only be downloaded after a verified request process. With that, Zco worked closely with Bright Solutions to develop a streamlined request and download process for users.

The Results

A Leading Resource For Teaching Individuals With Dyslexia

In the end Bright Solutions and Zco developed one of the leading resources for tutors working with individuals with dyslexia. Widely used, the app has helped to streamline learning and enhance overall experiences. “Our work with Zco was very successful, and I'm tremendously satisfied. I would use them again without reservation. Zco created foreward thinking solutions for our entire interface, with an emphasis on functionality and user friendliness,” said, Susan Barton, Founder of Barton System and internationally recognized expert in Dyslexia.

“They [Zco] did a fabulous job, and people have loved the software. We were thrilled to see such excellent response to the app, having received over 100,000 users. People rushed to buy the app, buying 5-10 levels at a time.”

“We were quoted on a project basis, and Zco finished on time and on budget. Zco has remained tremendously responsive by both email and phone and accommodated everything I requested.”



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