Thursday, February 5, 2015

App Review: Silly Sentences


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!

After having this app on my iPad for a few months, I finally used it. I'm not sure why it took me so long, but it will definitely be a "staple" from now on.

Appreciated Features:
Each target sound is broken down into positions: initial, medial, final, blends (for /s,r,l/, as well as a "mixed" button. Since I rarely work on a sound in just one position, this option is perfect for me.
The sentences are easy enough for my second graders (and some first graders) to read. Or, you can have the sentence read for the student for him to repeat.
Following the student's response, you have the option of hearing why it is silly, or simply just moving on to the next sentence.

The app can be used to target various language skills.

What I would like to see:
The only thing that is missing from this app is data collection, but that's not a deal-breaker for me since I usually use a pencil & labels anyway.

Additional Comments:
My kids absolutely loved hearing Mr. Raj's response. The first time I used this app, I asked my student if he wanted to continue to hear the response or move on to the next sentence, and he insisted on listening to every single one. The enthusiasm in Mr. Raj's voice is infectious and opens up more conversation between the students.

How I plan to use the app:
This app is going to be fantastic for my artic students who are on the latter sentence/carryover level. It is also going to be a welcome addition to my repertoire when I work with language students who are working on absurdities and humor.

Silly Sentences  is available for purchase for $2.99. To view in iTunes, click here.


1 comment:

  1. This is a great app (as are all of Erik's apps). Nice review, thanks!

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