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Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Virtual Speech Center has done it again! They have another new app on the
market. This time the focus is on prepositions; a topic that is very familiar
to speech language pathologists.
Journey is similar to the other apps in the Virtual Speech Center family. It
contains an extensive description of the app and a clearly written set of
instructions on how to use the app. These are accessible from the opening
screen of the app by tapping on the “Info” button.
The app is
also customizable by tapping the “Settings” button. The features you are able to customize are:
Set up is similar to the other apps in the Virtual
Speech Center family. It is done by tapping on “Start” on the main screen and
then the “Add Student” button. A dialogue box appears to enter the student’s
name and tap on “Save”. You are then prompted to select the appropriate
student(s) from the student list. After the student(s) have been selected, it
is necessary to tap “Next” in the upper right hand corner. Then you will be
prompted to make a choice of scene (Lake Camping, Island, or City), whether you
would like a receptive or an expressive task and what prepositions you will
The focus of the receptive tasks is on locating a
variety of animals in various positions in the scenes. E.g. “Show me the rabbit
above the hammock.” Users are expected to
tap on the animal they believe best shows the preposition stated. The
preposition will be restated if the user taps on the green curved arrow in the
lower left hand corner of the screen. Percentage correct is located in the
lower right hand corner also.
While during the expressive tasks, the users are
expected to answer a where question about the scene that features animals in
various positions on the screen. E.g.
“Where is the fox?” The users response
should be recorded and played back to evaluate correctness. This can be done by
using the record and playback features located in the lower right hand corner.
Data on these responses can be recorded by tapping on the correct (green check)
and incorrect (red x) symbols located on the lower right hand side of the app.
Preposition Journey has twenty prepositions to chosen
from. The prepositions include in, on , under,
next to, in front of, behind, in the back, between, above, below, beside, in
the middle, outside, out, over, near, far, on the side, on the left, on the
When your session is complete you can access a
session report that lists the date, student’s name, skill worked on, and
percentage correct. A more comprehensive report is available by tapping on
“Reports” on the main screen. You will need to select the user and the skill
for which you want data. Then you are able to view the data by activity or
date. All reports are printable or can be emailed.
Preposition Journey is another quality tool to work
on prepositions using iOS technology. However, I noticed that it is missing the
WOW factor of a built in reward for working hard that many of the other Virtual
Speech Center apps have.
I Like About This App
·Easy set up.
·Data collection is available.
·Allows one user to work on the
preposition in both the receptive and expressive contexts.
·Record and playback feature is available
in both receptive and expressive tasks.
·The twenty concepts addressed are the
more common ones.
I Would Like to See In Future Updates
·It is missing the reward activity that
is present in many of the other Virtual Speech Center apps. This helps to keep
the kids motivated to participate.