Thursday, July 25, 2013

School of Multi-Step Directions

  • $19.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 22 July 2013
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 104 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Virtual Speech Center Inc.
  • © Virtual Speech Center Inc.
  • Rated 4+

Students face hundreds of directions each day in school. Their ability to follow those directions is critical to how successful they will be in school. Students that struggle with following directions both in and out of school, frequently have weak auditory comprehension. Virtual Speech Center’s newest app, “School of Multi-Step Directions,” works on increasing these skills in a fun and motivating manner.

School of Multi-Step Directions is compatible with the iPad and requires iOS 5.0 or later. It is designed to be used with single or multiple users in a group setting. 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 choose which of the three classrooms (English. Math, or Chemistry Lab) you would like to enter. Finally you will need to tap “Next” in the upper right hand corner. On the next screen you will need to choose what type of directions (two, three, or four) will be practiced. After all of these choices have been made you will be greeted by a friendly professor that encourages you to listen carefully and work hard because you will be allowed to play a game of “Pong” after so many correct answers.

According to the description of the app on iTunes School of Multi-Step Directions app includes hundreds of recorded directions. The directions included in this app are:

English classroom: 2-step, 3-step and 4-step of unrelated directions with multiple levels of difficulty. Stimuli include: pictures, letters, and written words with color, size, and temporal concepts. For example, “Underline the red letter A and erase the blue letter C.”

Math classroom: 2-step, 3-step and 4-step of unrelated directions with multiple levels of difficulty. Stimuli include: shapes, number, concepts, size, color, odd, even, bigger than, and smaller than. For example, “If 10 is bigger than 9, highlight 4 and underline 6, if not, cross out 2 and touch 1.”

Chemistry Lab: 2-step, 3-step and 4-step unrelated directions with multiple levels of difficulty. Children will have fun “making experiments.” For example, “Set the temperature to cold, shake the flask, and add water to the cup.”

Figure-Ground - The above activities can be practiced in the presence of competing noise, making it an ideal app for children with Central Auditory Processing Disorder.

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. All reports are printable or can be emailed.

School of Multi-Step Directions 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:
·         Enable Audio
·         User Alternate Count
·         Automatic Paging
·         Random Paging
·         Correct Sound
·         Incorrect Sound
·         Enable Reward (Pong Game)
·         Award Counter
·         Enable Background Noise
·         How Many Types of Background
·         Volume of Background Noise
School of Multi-Step Directions is a quality tool to work on following multi-step directions with elementary-aged students. The built in reward of the “Pong” game will keep the kids motivated to be successful. This app fills a niche in the market that does not contain many apps to work on this skill.

What I Like About This App
·         Easy set up
·         Data collection is available
·         Tracking on correct and incorrect responses
·         Ability to add a variety of types of background noise
·         The ability to listen to the direction more than once.

What I Would Like to See In Future Updates
·         Add more classrooms (e.g. highly motivating Gym, Playground, etc.) with additional multi-step directions.
·         Shorten up the length of time you need to hold the tool (pencil, highlighter, eraser, etc.) on the appropriate object.
·         The ability to self-correct during a direction.

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