Monday, September 4, 2017

{Repost} App Review: Idioms by Grade + A Giveaway!


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 & 8thgrades 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 Idiomswhich 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.

GIVEAWAY!!!
Now for the Giveaway! Ram from Idioms by Grade reached out to me and provided 5 codes for the app! 5 people will be chosen through Rafflecopter to receive a free code. Just follow the instructions below, but complete before Midnight (EST) on 09/11/2017!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

17 comments:

  1. I have several students working on figurative language. I have wondered grade levels for idioms so this would be helpful I like to let students draw what it sounds like and they what it really means.

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    1. That's exactly why I use GoldCountry SLP's "Draw to Learn"! IT pairs very nicely with this app!

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  2. This sounds great! I have many students who are high functioning on the spectrum who could benefit from this app in therapy! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. You're so very welcome! Thanks for entering! Good luck!

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  3. I think using it in a sentence would provide the most benefit for my kiddos! Even though I already do this, just the fact that it's on an iPad will make it much more motivating for them. Ha!

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    1. No lie! What is it about an iPad that will get kids working??? :)

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  4. I have all grade levels that love learning idioms especially the social communication kids...

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    1. Idioms can be tough, but definitely provide some comic relief to your therapy sessions!

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  5. I would use this with my language students from elementary thru high school to work on figurative language skills. Also looks great for conversational carryover skills!

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    1. Great idea! I'm with you on using language-based activities for carry-over!

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  6. Thanks for posting this. I like using idioms, and this will add structure and sequence to how I present them.

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    1. Thanks for visiting (and entering)! Good luck!

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  7. Thank you for posting this. The app could add structure and sequence to how I present idioms.

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  8. I work on idioms with all of my grade levels. I also use idioms with my social groups.

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  9. I definitely would use this with my older students working on figurative language! Plus in social skill groups.

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  10. I have several kiddos of varying ages who need to work on figurative language. This app looks like it would be a nice structure to start with. Many of my clients are artistic, so I one idea is to have them draw pictures (I will have to check out the product you mention from Gold Country SLP).

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  11. I would agree 10 idioms per grade level is small. I do hope they expand the app. Great review!!

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