Thursday, April 21, 2016

GoSequencing {App Review}

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received the Smarty Ears app “Go Sequencing” in return  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!

When I had the opportunity to receive the Go Sequencing app from Smarty Ears, I jumped at the chance. I knew it would be a quality product, and, if I had any technical needs, they would be quickly tended to.

Appreciated Features:
*13 levels with increasing difficulty. Level 1 begins with identifying what happened first or last.

Level 13 (the most difficult) is a 6-step direction with only words, no pictures.
*Visuals so the student can see progress through the levels. (If you don't want to see this step, just double tapping on the screen will allow you to move to the next screen.)
*Options galore! There is the option to have the story read prior to sequencing, during sequencing, and/or after sequencing, as well as having text with the levels that have pictures. There is also an option for Spanish and Portuguese. You can turn off the instructional audio once you don't need it.
If you aren't a fan of the music, just turn it off. 

*If all of those options aren't enough for you, you also have the option of making your own sequences and adding your own pictures!
*Multiple students can use the app at one time, even if they aren't on the same level. The students take turns sequencing. 
*One thing I really like about Smarty Ears Apps is the data collection and the reports that I can generate from them.

 Smarty Ears broke the report card down even farther. If you want to see the chart in almost-full page, just tap it.
Likewise, the numbers can also be shown almost full page (again by just tapping the graphic.).
*The Sharing Options. 

What I would like to see:
When the student puts the sequence together correctly, the last sentence is not completely heard. 
The jack-o-lantern sequence pictures were left out.

Additional Comments:
I am very impressed with this app. I've used other sequencing apps before, but this one has so many options. 
With the graphics, I can use this with my older elementary students without having them feel like they're using something "babyish". 

How I plan to use the app:
I have students on my caseload who are working on story-retell, and memory. This app is perfect for those students. It is also perfect for working with my students who are working on producing grammatically correct sentences, as well as those students who are working on MLU. 

GoSequencing is available for purchase for $21.99.  To view in iTunes, click here.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Yes No Barn: An App Review

The following is an app review. The views are my own. I received no compensation for expressing my opinions.  Links (in blue) are provided for your convenience. Want to see larger pictures? Just click on one and scroll through!
As soon as I saw this app from SmartyEars, I had to have it. I knew it would be perfect for my students who have difficulty with answering yes/no questions.

Appreciated Features:

Choices of types of questions presented, as well as whether to display text, play audio, audio feedback, and audio instructions can be turned on or off.
Language selection: English, Portuguese, or Spanish.
Report Card: Breaks down the types of questions and provides an overall accuracy.
As with all Smarty Ears Apps, you have the ability to share the results.
Yes No Barn gives the SLP the opportunity to determine if the variable answer is correct.

Multiple students can work on the app at the same time. The numbers in the stars indicate how many answers each student has answered correctly.

What I would like to see:
The Yes and No seem to be backwards to me. “Yes” is usually on the left and “No” is usually on the right.

During variable answers, if the student answered the question correctly and you touch “yes”, you will hear the spoken word. I would think that would be a little confusing the student, who would hear “yes” if the answer to the question is “no”. It would be nice if only the written word was available.
Additional Comments:
The good graphics go without saying. This is a Smarty Ears App, after all!

There are some questions that ask if both pictures have/are something, but only 1 picture is shown. Hopefully Smarty Ears will have an update soon to remedy this.
How I plan to use the app:

As previously stated, I use this app with my students who have difficulty answering yes/no questions.

Instead of having the student touch yes/no, I have him verbalize the answer, then show them which word to touch (See the first comment under “What I would like to see”.)

Yes No Barn is available for purchase for $5.99.  To view in iTunes, click here.

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