Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Syllable Splash

Category: Education
 Updated: May 11, 2013
Version: 1.1
 Size: 340 MB
 Language: English
 Seller: Smarty Ears, LLC
 © All rights reserved to Smarty Ears, LLC
 Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

What do ocean creatures, syllables, iPads, and phonological awareness all have in common? If you guessed the app Syllable Splash by Smarty Ears you are correct. Syllable Splash is a multiplayer app that is designed to work on syllable segmentation while being immersed in an always popular ocean theme. It is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Smarty Ears has always done an excellent job on providing support to their users. Syllable Splash is no different. A large variety of support is provided for Syllable Splash and it can be located by tapping on the “Support” button in the upper left hand corner of the apps opening screen. From there you can access the following types of information; About this App, Video Tutorial, Contact Support, Back-Up to iTunes, and Restore from iTunes

Syllable Splash is designed to be used with single or up to four users in a group setting. Student set up is similar to other Smarty Ears apps. Students can be entered individually by clicking on “Select Player” and entering their name and choosing a picture or avatar or by importing this information from Therapy Report Center.

Tapping on the “Settings” button will allow you to customize the app to meet your student’s needs. The things you are able to customize are as follows:
·         When a wrong choice is made, it will make a “buzzing noise” or “eliminate an in correct response”
·         Number of wrong responses present
·         The difficulty level can increase automatically if the student is being successful
·         If you want 1, 2, 3 or 4 syllable words included
·         Whether you would like the “Fish & Shark Animation” turned on or off. When this feature is turned on fish, will swim around on the screen and if an incorrect answer is tapped, a shark will swim across the screen and eat the incorrect answer.

The activity in Syllable Splash is simple. A picture is present on the screen and said aloud. The user is expected to determine the number of syllables in the word and tap on the correct number that is randomly placed on the bottom of the screen. Students that prefer to see the printed word instead of the picture can tap on the “rotate” button above the picture. If an incorrect response is chosen the shark will swim across the bottom on the screen and eat the incorrect response.

If the student needs additional support they can tap the “Help starfish”. A helpful turtle will appear on the screen and clap the syllables in the word. This provides the additional support that is needed by the learner.
When you have completed your session, tap on the “Done” button and you will be taken to the students “report card” so you can view the data. The “report card” shows the data, accuracy and number of attempts for that session. All of the data can be shared or exported to “Therapy Report Center.”
Syllable Splash is a great tool for educational and clinical speech language pathologists who work with younger students on improving their phonemic/phonological awareness skills. It provides high quality learning expectations in a fun manner. For this reasonable low cost, it is well worth the money.

What I Like About the App
·         Provide visual and auditory support for the learners
·         Simple activity with “help” provided in the same manner most educators teach the skill
·         Built in data collection
·         Can be used by students working on pronouncing multisyllable words
What I Would Like to See In Future Updates
·         It would be great if a “Settings” feature could be added that turns on or off the randomization of the numbers at the bottom of the screen
·         The addition of five syllable words would be awesome.

Support for Syllable Splash and all Smarty Ears apps can be found at: