Friday, January 11, 2013

What's On My iPad Part #1

I've spent a lot of time lately reading numerous blog posts regarding various apps other SLPs have on their iPads.  So I've decided to write a series of post regarding what's on my iPad since this is one of the most frequently asked questions I have from parents and colleagues.  Through the next several blog posts, I will work my way through all of the folders on my iPad and their contents.

The first folder on my iPad is labelled Articulation. Here is a sneak peek into what I use in my classroom to work on articulation skills.
  1. Articulation Station Pro - This is one of my favorite articulation apps. It does a great job of targeting each of the phonemes at the word, sentence and reading levels. The interactive games built into the app are simple but extremely engaging to all students. It has large variety of brightly colored pictures and in the professional version it allows you to have multiple users working on different phonemes. Finally, it has built in data tracking that is easy to use.
  2. Pocket Artic - I use this app when I want to do some fast intensive work on a specific sound with a student. It has an enormous number of pictures that target 29 different phonemes at the word and sentence level. It also provides a method of easy data collection and provides valuable feedback that is viewable in graph format.
  3. Webber Photo Artic Castle - My younger students think this app it awesome! We use AirPlay and display it on my the Smart Board and they go nuts. They love the wide variety of activities. Nine in total that work on phonemes at the word and sentence level. There also is a good variety of pictures that are more realistic then the other articulation apps. The data collection piece is also good. It allows you to collect data on multiple users on multiple phonemes. Once the session is complete you are able to email the results of the data collection. 
  4. Articulation Games -  This app provides practice at the word, phrase and sentence levels while playing three engaging games that are built on a candy theme. In addition to three fun games, it also has built in flashcards that can be used to provide more intensive drill work on specific phonemes. The pictures used on the flashcards are awesome. Multiple users are able to use the app at the same time and work on individual specific phonemes. Built in data collection is present too.
  5. Articulation Scenes-This is an engaging app that has a lot of versatility. My students are never bored and will frequently ask for this app. It focuses on 22 different phonemes with 72 scenes with four activities per scene. So needless to say it is packed full of things to do. Most of the time, I use this app to work on self monitoring/carry over. It also contains built in homework sheets that focus on the words that were practised in that scene. No data collection is present and it is not multi-user friendly so it does have some limitations.
  6. Speech with Milo Articulation Board Game - Like all of the other apps in the Speech with Milo family this is a brightly colored and engaging app that draws the users to it. It is similar to any other board game in that users race to see who can reach the final square first while encountering numerous benefits and obstacles along the way. This app features eight different speech phonemes in the initial, medial and final positions of words. Five users are able to play the game at the same time and every user can be working on a different phoneme. Data is collection is present and you are able to email right from your iPad. 
  7. Artic Questions - This app is great way to work on self monitoring/carry over with older students. The app is divided into three books (Multiple Choice, Open Ended, and Silly Sentences/Questions) that feature large variety of funny questions which feature one of the seven (S, CH, SH, TH , Z, L and R) phonemes that an adult reads to the student. The student then repeats the question back and provides and answer. For some reason my older students find these questions extremely funny. I usually pair this app with a board game so the kids have something else to keep them engaged.
  8. Say It Again -This app is a combination of Bingo and Connect Four for the iPad. Users shake a dice and must place a farm animal on their barn in a square that contains their number. They are required to say a word featuring their phoneme the same number of times as the number they shook. The first user to make a line of animals either vertically or horizontally is the winner. Up to four users can play at the same time and with each one working on a different phoneme. The app features fourteen different phonemes in all positions of words. Data collection is not available. Even though this app is limiting on occasion, it provides a nice change of pace and my students seem to enjoy it on the few days we use it.
  9. Speech Squares - An electronic version of the old paper and pencil "Dot Game". It features features the same fourteen phonemes as the Say it Again app I mentioned above. As you buy individual phonemes they are interchangeable among all of the Talking Tails games. Eight users are able to play at the same time. User are only asked to say a word with the target phoneme when a square is completed. This isn't frequently enough for me so I ask students to say a word with the target phoneme before each turn. This app does have its limitations but I do bring it out every now and then as something novel for older kids to do. 
If your interested in what else might be on my iPad, stay tuned for additional blog posts in this series. Next up will either be creation or game apps that I use at school.