Thursday, July 25, 2013

Describe It To Me

  • $9.99
  • Category: Education
  • Released: Jul 05, 2013
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 150 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Smarty Ears, LLC
  • © All rights reserved to Smarty Ears
  • Rated 4+

Smarty Ears never ceases to amaze me! There newest app, Describe It To Me, is just another example of the perfect combination of creativity and skills. Describe It To Me is an app that works on both receptive and expressive language skills while utilizing a fun and exciting game show theme. According to the Smarty Ears website .Describe It To Me was created to assist in developing a deep semantic understanding of everyday items.

Describe It To Me is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is designed to be used with single or multiple users (up to five) in a group setting. Student set up is similar to other Smarty Ears apps. Students can be entered individually by clicking on “Add Player” and entering their name and choosing a picture or avatar or by importing this information from Therapy Report Center.

During the set up process you will be asked to customize each student’s profile. This is done on the “Setting” button in the upper right hand corner. You are able to customize the following features for each user:
·         When Wrong (buzz or remove item)
·         Correct (display visual or auditory reinforcement)
·         Display points (on or off)
·         Use Spinner (on or off)
·         Customize Word List
After you have set up your students, the app will open to a spinner on the left hand side of the screen. This spinner contains the pictures/avatars of the users that are included in this session. You can toggle between the multiple users by tapping on their images. The right hand side of the screen contains the image of a TV screen. A colorful image appears on the screen of the TV set. The type of question asked about the image can be chosen from directly above the TV.  Users are able to change the image on the screen by pressing the forward or backward buttons that are conveniently placed on the TV’s channel dials. A slide bar is also located in this area that allows you to change from receptive to expressive modes.
When a user is in the receptive mode they have access to six different types of questions and they are provided with four possible answers and expected to pick the appropriate response.  Questions can be asked in just one or all of the categories for each image. Data is automatically collected for each response. Things are identical in the expressive mode with the exception that the user is expected to response verbally instead of being provided with four responses to choose from. Data collection is done manually in the expressive portion of the app. The SLP will record the student’s verbal response as “Correct”, “Almost”, or “Incorrect”.
You can choose to terminate a work session at any time. Once the session has been terminated you will be able to access comprehension reports in the “Report Center” section of the app. First you can access the standard data that was tabulated throughout the sessions the app has been used. The results include the date of session, overall accuracy, and correct/incorrect responses in both receptive and expressive language. Another option in the “Report Center” the ability to access the “Awards & Points” the user has accumulated while using the app. This can be used as a way to challenge and motivate the users to keep working.
A feature that I love is located in the “Report Center” section of the app. A button called “Homework” is available.  Thirty four different homework sheets are located in this section. These exportable pages focus on the following areas:
·         Category (matching)
·         Circle (multiple choice)
·         Eliminate (cross out from multiple choice)
·         Find Six (list six words in a category)
·         Function (matching)
·         Location (matching)
·         Part (matching)
Describe It To Me is an AMAZING tool for educational speech language pathologists.  It is well worth the money you invest in it.

What I Like About the App
·         Provides practice in both the expressive and receptive formats
·         Is designed to be used with up to five users at one time.
·         Lots of built in reinforcement to keep the students interested and motivated.
·         Built in data collection
·         Provides a homework component
·         Clean easy interface

What I Would Like to See In Future Updates
·         Does not allow to you record the users response in the expressive mode so you are not able to work on self-monitoring of responses as easily as I have seen in a few other apps.

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