Thursday, January 15, 2015
App Review: Articulate It!
The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received no compensation for expressing my opinions. Links (in dark red) are provided for your convenience. Want to see larger pictures? Just click on one and scroll through!
Articulate It! (Smarty Ears) was one of the first apps that was purchased for SLPs in my system. It just gets better with each update.
Adding a student got less time consuming with one update. Only the student's name is required. You have the option to add a picture of the student or not.
What I would like to see:
* If there is inactivity, the iPad will go to sleep, resulting in the app closing. It's a little aggravating to have the app ready for a group ahead of time, only to have to open it when I'm ready to use it. I'd love to have the app stay open until I close it. Even if I double click on the home button (to see the open apps), the app is re-opened.
* In the Story feature, you have to choose the position of the target sound. I'd love to see the ability to choose "all positions". I imagine that would mean there would need to be an additional story for each sound, but I would still love to see it.
* In the Matching feature, I'd like to have the ability for each student to have 1 turn instead of the turn staying with the student until he/she finds a match.
* Having the ability to turn off the sound within the different themes would be ideal.
How I use the app:
I use this app quite a bit during my 5-Minute Days. It makes an ideal listening center for auditory bombardment. Now, with the Story update, it will be more perfect with those students who are on the carryover level.
I also use this app with my students who are in our Quick Speech program. It's a quick way to present target words to those students while keeping data.
Articulate it! is available for purchase for $44.99. To view in iTunes, click here.