Wednesday, February 17, 2016

App Review: Idioms by Grade

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received this app without cost  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!
Features:

This app consists of 10 idioms within each grade level. Grade levels include Kindergarten through 8th Grade, with 7th & 8th grades combined.
The idioms are listed, so the SLP can choose what idiom(s) to target. Once the idiom is chosen, a new screen will come up.
This screen allows the SLP/student to read the idiom being used in context, as well as a definition of the idiom. By clicking on the speaker at the bottom of the screen, the idiom, as well as how it can be used in context, is read to the student.

What I would like to see:
More idioms!
The option to view pictures to depict the idioms

Additional Comments:
When I first opened the app, I was a bit disappointed; however, upon using it I found it could have great value. You are restricted by only having 10 idioms per grade level.
At $2.99, the price seems a little high; however, the website states that this is only a "first build" and implies that it will expand. Also, on the website, you can request a code for a free download...as long as 60 codes haven't already been given out.

How I used the app:
With a 4th grader, a student & I role-played the context in which the idiom was used. He read the definition, then was asked to use the idiom in a sentence. This proved to be more difficult for him that I thought it would be. Another idea would be to have your student use GoldCountry SLP’s Draw to Learn Idioms, which is exactly what I am planning on doing next time I use this app.


     Idioms by Grade is available for purchase for $2.99. To view in iTunes, click here.

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