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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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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