Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Duper Data Tracker App

App Name/Publisher:  Super Duper Data Tracker

Design:  This app was designed to allow SLP's to track data on their mobile device, including iPod, iPad, iPhone.  There is also an Android version.

Pros of the App:
The Data Tracker App includes many useful features including the following:


  • multiple goals for each student
  • varied response types (tally, correct/incorrect, approximated, cued)
  • undo the last recorded response
  • store data for an unlimited sessions
  • add students to multiple groups
  • temporarily add students to a group to make up missed sessions
  • write notes for each student in a session
  • email results
  • graph results for each goal.

  • Entering student information was easy. I entered students for one of my groups as I did not want to enter my entire caseload until I was sure I would be using the app. I was pleased with the ability to enter multiple goals per student and the variety of response types. When using the app, I found that I was able to easily switch between students and to accurately keep data. I love that the app calculates percentages for the students and that you can email a graph of the data.

    App Cons:
    It is time consuming to enter all student data and objectives. No pre-set lists of goals or objectives are included, therefore you must type every objective for every student. My current caseload is 64 students and each student has at least 3 language objectives for the year. If I enter all of my students, I would have to enter at least 192 objectives. If I had a large number of students working on articulation, the number of objectives to add would be enormous in order to collect data by phoneme and word position. Some of this time consuming work would be eliminated if the developers included a data base of pre-set objectives that could be dropped into each student's file.

    There is no easy way to input data that you have collected using other apps. Often times I use apps within therapy that collect data for me. In order to get that data into the Data Tracker App, I have to go back at the end of my sessions and input the data. Again, I found this to be time consuming.

    Another con for me is that I use iPad apps with my students during sessions, and therefore, I can't use it to collect data with the Data Tracker App. I considered collecting data on my iPod, however, the screen size proved to be problematic for me.

    One final con is that I did not find an easy way to walk around a classroom collecting data on my iPad while also team teaching. I find it easier to carry a clip board with me. I found my iPad to be heavier and also distracting to my students who can't seem to stop themselves from asking to use the iPad whenever they see me carrying it around the room.

    Cost:
    $5.99

    Would you recommend this app:
    Considering I am not currently using this app, I would have to say that I do not recommend it to others at this time.

    Hyperlink:
    Super Duper Data Tracker

    Reviewed by: Deb Tomarakos, MA CCC/SLP.
    This review originally appeared on Speech Gadget.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    Match2Say 2.0


    Match2Say 2.0


    App Name/Publisher: Match2Say 2.0 by Smarty Ears

    Design: This is a beautiful update by Smarty Ears to Match2Say. It's vibrant and a colorful and fun to play. This app is designed to improve your client's  articulation skills through a classic memory style card game.



    The app features all phonemes in the English language as well as a set of decks with the different types of “R” sounds.  It includes a total of 1500 images and you are able to select the position in the word you want to practice the sounds. You can then choose the level of difficulty- easy, medium, hard, and super hard (level of difficulty determines how many cards you see at a time).

     Phrase level offers a nice way to work on generalizing.

    You are able to practice the sounds at both the word level and the phrase level. which is a very useful feature when working on generalizing.




    App Benefits/Likes:
    •  Up to 4 player multi player option with pass and play
    • Audio recording for all images
    • Several difficulty levels- easy, medium, hard, super hard
    • Over 1500 images
    • Word & Phrase level
    Cautions:
    • At the phrase level the second card chosen may fade away too fast before the user is able to read it.
    App Summary
    Skill(s) Targeted
    • Articulation/Phonology
    Age/Grade Levels Targeted
    • Toddler through teen
    How to Activate
    • Isolated finger point
    Type of Device
    • Universal app: Fully compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.
    Cost:
    • $19.99
    Would you recommend this app?
     
     I was very satisfied with the look, feel, and functionality of this app
     
     
    Hyperlink:
     
     
    Reviewed by:
    Jeremy Legaspi, M.S. CCC-SLP 1/29/2011

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Make Dice


    This post originally appeared on Jenna Rayburn's SpeechRoomNews.blogspot.com

    I downloaded a new app perfect for speech therapy this week. It's called Make Dice.








    It's a cheap app that you can use with all your groups! It was 99 cents when I purchased this app and I've already used it enough to make it worth it!





    The app does just what it sounds like. Let's you write on the sides of a die and then just press a button or shake the ipad to roll them. You can make dice for anything! A few ways I've already used it:

    Prepositions - the kids rolled the dice and then moved in the room to make their body act out their preposition and say a sentence to explain  (I am below the table.)

    Synonyms/Antonyms: I wrote words and they had to say the syn/ant of the word they rolled.

    Vocabulary: I added curriculum vocab and the kids defined it and used it in sentences.

    Irregular Plurals: I added the singular and they name the irregular plural.

    Articulation: This a no brainer! Add words and go!

    Student names: I added the names of my kids in their groups! They like seeing their name on the dice!



    For my artic carryover group I made this die. It has things like make up a story, make up a tongue twister, rap, sing, etc. They need to make something up or retell a familiar story that has their target sound. Once they get laughing and thinking about making up a little rap - they stop paying attention to their sounds. It makes for great practice.

    Overall it's a neat little app that I've been using to get my kids warmed up and in the swing of things at the beginning of therapy, when I have 5 minutes left over in a session, or when I need a second to write data or a note to a parent. Hope you can use it too!

    Jenna Rayburn
    SpeechRoomNews.blogspot.com


    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Intellipad

    This post originated on Your Therapy Source.


     App Name:  Intellipad by Cheryl Bregman


    I have had the pleasure of playing around with a new app - Intellipad for the iPad. It was created by an occupational therapist, Cheryl Bregman. This app is quite impressive for a simple way to create individualized keyboards. It allows you to make any keyboard you want which is great for simple layouts. It offers word prediction and text to speech as well. Although I am not a speech therapist, I love this app because of its ability to be customized. This would work for an individual who needed very few symbols to select to an individual who could create his/her own boards for communication. Another huge plus if for keyboarding practice. You can eliminate keys to decrease the choices.

    Here is one board I created for leisure activities:















    Here is one created with a picture alongside of the text:















    The updated version of the app allows you to add pictures to the keyboard:















    I can see many opportunities to use the app beyond communication. It would be an excellent tool for teacher's to create interactive lesson plans. Another huge benefit to this app is that it is suitable for all ages. It is available in Spanish, French and German. Fun app to use with ESL students especially with the picture cues. There is also a way to share notepads and keyboards. You can download keyboards already created or share the ones that you create. Overall, super versatile with a lot of bang for the buck.

    You can view more videos of the app and further description of its capabilities at Intellipad's website. This app is only $19.95 available from Apple.

    Reviewed by:  Margaret Rice 
    www.yourtherapysource.com

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Sentence Builder Teen

    App Name/Publisher:
    Sentence Builder Teen by Mobile Education Store

    Design:  This app is designed to help teenagers build grammatically correct sentences. The content is identical to the Sentence Builder App, however, there is a focus on connector words and teen friendly images.

    The app features 100 images, 3 levels of play, 30 audio clips and stats to track progress.  Multiple users may be entered as players and during set up, the clinician is given the option of teen boy or teen girl game packs.

    During game play, the image appears on the screen with accompanying multi-wheel picker that the student uses to formulate a sentence about the image.  In level 1, the student chooses a modifier and verb to complete a sentence.  In level 2, the student selects a modifier, verb and adjective from a field of 2, 3 or 5 choices to complete a sentence.  In level 3, the student chooses a modifier, verb and adjective from a field of 5 choices to create a sentence.

    Therapy Use:
    This app can be used to target expressive language and sentence formulation.  The clinician can also target identification/use of modifiers/adjectives/verbs.  Clinicians can monitor use of specific grammar structures such as pronouns or verb tense.   Some images can target inferencing skills.  For example, on image depicts a young lady holding a set of keys with the accompanying sentence, "She just learned to drive."  The images and sentences can also be utilized as prompts to write paragraphs or stories. 

    App Benefits/Likes:
    One great benefit to this app is that it is meant to target older students.  My middle school students seemed to enjoy using the app.  The images were appropriate for teens and I felt I could target a variety of objectives using the app. 

    Cautions/Cons:
    Some of my students felt the reinforcement phrases were geared toward younger students.  There is an option in the settings that is meant to give you the choice of turning the reinforcer phrases on or off, however, I was unable to turn them off.   There is no option to have the words read out loud, so the clinician must read the words to lower level readers.  Finally, the data tracking does not give percentages.  While that is not mandatory, I am spoiled and do prefer that my apps give me percentages.

    Type of Device:
    iPad

    Cost:
    $7.99

    Would you recommend this app?
    Although I did find some cons to this app, overall I was satisfied and would recommend it to others.

    Hyperlink:
    Sentence Builder Teen

    Reviewed by:
    Deb Tomarakos, M.A. CCC/SLP 12/29/2011

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Quick Talk


    Quick Talk AAC  By Digital Scribbler, Inc



    Quick Talk provides a simple 2 button choice interface with 11 categories and access to 11,000 Smarty Symbols. You have the ability to add your own categories if needed.  Selecting the desired category can be accomplished a few different ways: by either swiping left or right, by pressing the left or right arrow keys, or hitting the category button at the top of the screen. Selecting the desired vocabulary is accomplished by swiping up or down or by hitting the up/down arrow keys.



    From the edit menu you have the ability to choose from the 11,000 Smarty Symbols,  import pictures from your library, record your own voice, and change the background to color code vocabulary. Quick Talk comes with built in Text-to-Speech capabilities so what ever you type with be said in a clear voice.


    Available Categories:
    Yes/no 
    Activities 
    Conversation
    I want 
    Emotions 
    Food 
    I Feel 
    Time 
    People 
    Places 
    Opinions
    New Category feature allows you to add your own category



    App Benefits Likes:
    • Simple two-button design allows for easy choice of phrases with 100 available buttons
    • Smarty Symbols library of 11,000 symbols developed by Smarty Ears that you can use to personal the buttons. 
    • Multiple ways to navigate - either with swiping, pressing arrow buttons, or choosing directly from list. There is also a home button which advances directly to Yes/No.
    • Offered across multiple devices including iOS and Andriod phones and tablets.
    Cautions and Comments:
    • Swiping up/down and left/right to move across category and vocabulary could be confusing to some users depending on their level 
    • For users that could read, adding a optional category menu across the top of the screen for quicker vocab access would be nice
    • 100 buttons for this app is ideal- adding more could cause frustration to the user when trying to find desired vocabulary.
    App Summary

    Skill(s) Targeted
    • AAC
    Age/Grade Levels Targeted
    • Toddler through Adult
    How to Activate
    • Swipe
    • Isolated finger point
    Type of Device
    • iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad 
    • Android Devices
    Cost
    • $14.99
    Would you recommend this App?

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Practicing Life Skills with Apps: The Shopping Cart Game

    I have been looking for an app, for some of my higher functioning older clients, that I could somehow incorporate some life skills into and make it fun. This is one of those apps, granted it's geared towards younger kids but it still works and the kids love it! I have been using this app for the last two weeks now and its great fun and its FREE!!
    The premise for this game is simple your mom gives you a shopping list and certain amount of money to spend- don't go over your budget or the game is over and if you save money you get to keep it and buy toys at the toys store. So there are lots of skills to be worked on here:

    Problem solving/Negotiating- Where in the store are the things on your list located?


    Asking questions- Asking the store clerk where a certain item is if you are unsure what aisle it is on.


    Real life applications Take out that play/real money, write your list out, get your calculator and add up your purchases. Calculate the savings :) or find out if you spent too much :(

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Essential Skill for SLPs: Saving Images from the Web on iPad (UPDATE)

    This post also appears on SpeechTechie.

    I have previously emphasized here that being able to save images from the web is an incredibly useful skill.  Besides providing visual cues for our students, images serve as material to make all kinds of great projects using various webtools and apps.  It used to be that this looked a certain way on iPad, but then Google has been changing a lot of their apps' "look and feel," including installing a sort of "cover flow" interface with Google Images.  So it came to pass that I was recently in front of a whole crowd of people demonstrating how to save an image on iPad, and it all of a sudden didn't work at all like I thought it would! This is more than OK. It is great to model technology (and other) failures in front of other people (thanks Meg Wilson for that way of thinking).  It puts them at ease, lets them laugh at you a bit, and shows that tech problems can usually be solved with some deep breathing, tinkering, or a quick search.

    [EDIT] In a way, this is a double-failure, because I thought the process of saving images worked in a whole new way post-"Cover Flow," but in reality it's pretty much the same and I just wasn't tapping-and-holding correctly, in front of an audience OR when I was writing this post.  I guess I am less a fan of double-failures, it seems a little too much, no?  I apologize to anyone who saw an earlier version of this post, was confused by my error, and wasted time as a result! Here are the steps- btw I made these in a jiffy using the great iPad app Skitch from Evernote.  I'll have to write about that later!

    Note that this is the way to save images in Safari. I heard from reader Jeanne T, an AT Consultant and SLP, and also the very helpful reader who pointed out my earlier error, that this process does not work when using the Google Search app, and I just confirmed that. So when you need images, use Safari.  Thanks Jeanne!!




    On this screen you can also sweep right or left to move to other images, as in "Cover Flow"