Welcome to the 2012 School and a new iPad+SLP issue. Hello everyone and welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer. You will notice that this issue is different from the winter 2012 issue as it has changed into something different and hopefully better based upon the needs of the readers. I’ve heard from quite a few SLPs over the summer about what they would like to see in an ezine. Most of the SLPs said they would like to see more integration of the apps with traditional therapy both in pull-out and classroom services. They would like to see apps used in themes along with other low tech activities and a tie into literacy. Lastly, the SLPs didn’t want to be bombarded with a random list of apps but wanted a curated, targeted approach, so that’s what I’ll be doing with this and future issues. If you have a theme, an area that you would like to see more apps in or a question please email me at: Tootieu@yahoo.com Here’s to a successful year with your students! J Melissa
With more and more SLPs in the tri-county area using iPads we have a golden opportunity to share apps, websites and activities though this ezine. Please take a minute to email me the name of an app you like and how you use it in therapy, I can then share it in the next iPad+SLP. You will have to view this ezine on your computer as Issuu.com uses Flash and therefore you can’t view it on your computer but Issuu is working on creating an app to do so. 2
OOPS! When I changed jobs this summer I lost my address list of people who got this ezine so if you know somebody who wants to be on the mailing list shoot me an email. My email:
28 Education Halloween Apps Halloween is one of the most fun holidays. Kids love the spooky monsters, sounds, music, dances, treats, traditions, haunted houses, and costumes that surround the holiday. As an educator or parent that has an iPad, iPhone, or iPod you can capitalize on this time to help kids learn while celebrating the holiday. Here are free apps to help encourage math, literacy, and problemsolving skills. Some of the apps are just fun!
For a howling good iPad time try these appsâ€Ś. ScrapPad Halloween- Kids create a scrapbook with various creatures, words, and their own images. Have the students write stories to accompany their books. They can even work in pairs. They can email the scrapbooks to their parents or friends or post on Facebook. Only works on the iPad. Halloween Card Creator- Kids create e-cards with various choices in backgrounds, characters, and their own images and text. Have the students email the e-cards to friends of family members.
Halloween Origami- With this great app, kids learn to create various spooky creatures in origami. Kids can watch videos after seeing the step-by-step instructions. Halloween Counting & Words Games- Created for the iPad, this free app features 8 different learning games for kids to celebrate Halloween and learn math, spelling, and vocabulary. Carve A Pumpkin- With this great app from Parents magazine, kids create a jack-o-lantern that lights up after it is carved. Kids can even add spooky stickers to their pumpkin. There are various pumpkins to choose from and backgrounds. Have the students e-mail the e-cards to friends of family members. A follow-up task includes having students get into pairs. Student A describes the pumpkin created. Student B must try to recreate the pumpkin by the verbal description. Make sure the students save the pumpkin to their photo library to compare. You can also have students try to carve their pumpkins in real life after the drawing. Halloween ebook- Students read this story and it has a personal touch. Kids upload their own photos for a surprise ending at the end of the story. Talking Skeleton- Like the famous Talking Tom app, kids speak and an animated skeleton repeats their words in a funny voice. Their messages can be recorded through video and sent to parents in an email. Have the students send Halloween greetings to their families or friends or create a video of them doing a Halloween rap. WordSearch Halloween- This app provides several word searches. These are divided in levels from easy to difficult. Listen to scary music or your own while you play. There are over 200 puzzles under 3 categories- Halloween, costumes, and treats. This app would be great to encourage students to learn various vocabulary. Try getting the kids to then use the words the find in a story or poem.
Word Search- Another Halloween wordsearch app with cool backgrounds but less features than the above app. Haunted Hangman- Guess the Halloween word and get a pumpkin with treats. If you lose the pumpkin is carved then becomes sad. Make a Zombie- Students create zombies and choose from various backgrounds, bodies, clothes, eyes, hairstyles, heads, pair of legs and mouths. A follow-up task includes having students get into pairs. Student A describes the zombie created. Student B must try to recreate the zombie by the verbal description. Make sure the students save the zombie to their photo library to compare. You can also have your students create stories about their zombies and read them in a circle aloud. Mash-o-Ween- This app is for teens. It is based on a famous game that was played by kids in their teens before mobile devices were mainstream. Teens type in various options for categories and at the end this app tells their future. Have the students work in pairs then after read the fortune to each other. Some of these deal with romance, costumes, and more. Landon始s Pumpkins- This book has several features to help kids follow along the story and learn vocabulary. At the end a recipe is given for Roasted Pumpkin seeds, which would be a great reward for a teacher to make with a class after reading a story. It is Halloween- 99 cents- Kids create Halloween scenes with characters and backgrounds. They can even animate them. Have the students write stories to accompany their scenes. They can even work in pairs. They can email these to their parents or friends or post on Facebook.
Halloween Countdown- Features include a Halloween countdown with sounds, various sounds (some you pay for so be careful), ringtones, background music loops, 100s of costume ideas, wallpaper images, trivia, and a flashlight for trick-ortreating. Halloween Voice Transformer- Only the reaper voice is free, but kids speak into the mic and record their message which then is played back in a spooky voice. Have the students email Halloween greetings or messages to their families or friends or even record a spooky story or song. Ace Math- Learn multiplication, division, and addition and celebrate Halloween. This is basic math. MouthOff Lite- This app works best on the iPhone/iPod. Kids choose between various silly mouths and hold the device to their mouth while they talk. This always brings a lot of laughs. Encourage students to repeat vocabulary or even tell spooky stories in a circle.
Dem Dancing Bones – A funny twist on the traditional song. Bones light up as they are come up in the song.
Treat Street – 99 cents – A great app to help prepare little ones for a night of Trick or Treating: Costume Shop: Mix and match for Halloween costume selection - Treat Street: Trick-or-Treat for fun and tasty treats, and silly surprises; or have a good time simply looking around the neighborhood - Goodie Bag: Sort through all the treats from the night's haul .
Clicky Sticky Halloween Sticker Book – Create your own scene with stickers. See this blog for ideas of how to use this app along with communication boards: http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com/2011/10/clicky-stickyhalloween-on-ipad.html MonsterKit Customize and paint awesome monsters, let your imagination run wild!
The Very Hungry Pumpkin - Enjoy every sweet tooth's favorite holiday any time of the year! Ghoulishly fun game for kids of all ages. Touch the screen to guide the Pumpkin to the candy, while avoiding the other trick-ortreaters.
Tricky Treats HD - Witch Griselda and her dog Pugsley have a big sweet tooth, but since she's a little too old to go trick-ortreating, she turns pumpkins into candy with her magic wand. Help Griselda fill her cauldron by zapping pumpkins and goodies with magic. FEATURES • 3 Levels of game play • Gorgeous graphics • Fun for kids and adults!
Halloween Sound Shelf Get ready for a spooky Halloween Sound Shelf with your iPad. Scare your friends and your neighbors when you go out trick or treating. Make scary stories even scarier when you add creepy sound effects and horrifying music to your tales. See Toca Monster Kitchen App on Page 8! 7
Do you know Toca Boca? Who they are and what they believeâ€Ś.. Toca Boca is a play studio based in Sweden that makes digital toys for kids. They think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Here are the six guidelines they follow when creating an app: 1. A balance between the different needs that kids have. Kids have many different emotional needs, and we believe that digital products should try to address a wider spectrum of these than just playing games or teaching ABC. Used correctly, digital products can be an amplifier or synthesizer of kids emotional development too. 2. We think it is important to play. But not just games 3. Products that allow you and your kids to play together . Far too often, digital products are used as pacifiers for kids. We believe there is a place for digital products that allow kids and their parents to play together. More fun for both of you! 4. A positive view on technology. We believe that the development of technology is something positive, and that it should be embraced and used for good. 5. A safe digital environment for your kids. We believe safety should come first when your kids are using our products. Thatâ€™s why we donâ€™t have banner advertising or in-app purchases for kids in our products. 6. You will like our products, but your kids will love them . We make products for kids, and our highest wish is to make them smile.
Toca Boca Apps as of 8-20-12 Toca Tea
Toca Birthday Party
Taxi Toca Hair
Salon Toca Doctor
Toca Robot Lab
Hair Salon Christmas Gift 9
I love all of the Toca Boca apps! From my experience with them, boys love the Robot Lab, girls love the Tea Party and both boys and girls love the Hair Salon and Monster Kitchen.
Idea #1: Using the Toca Robot app have the student create a robot, take a screen shot of it (now itâ€™s in your camera roll) and pop it into the Educreations app. Now have the student describe how they built the robot, what parts they used and what the robot will do for them all while recording it to save and play back for immediate feedback. Idea #2: Using the Toca Boca app have the student create a robot, take a screen shot of it (now itâ€™s in your camera roll). Open up the Puppet Pals HD app and create a puppet using the picture of the robot from your camera roll (see page 18 for instructions on how to do this). Now the students can create a play with the robot puppets about why it is important to recycle, what things can be recycled or even practice asking and answering questions to each other about recycling.
How would you use the Toca Boca apps? Shoot me an email and let me know! 10
3 Ways to Use Corkulous - $1.99 All levels……one app……many possibilities
preK – 1st
2 - 7 4th 12th
Corkulous is an app that allows you or
It’s that time of year for CANDY! And
Learning how to make a grocery list and
your students to create virtual
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choose food to make a meal or recipe is a
corkboards. You can place pictures from
students use descriptive words than with
necessary life skill. Create a grocery
your camera roll and sticky notes with
candy. A researched based instructional
store board with pictures of different
text and move the pictures and notes
strategy by Robert Marzano for teaching
kinds of food. Have the student decide
around the board. The ability to
vocabulary is discussing similarities and
what he/she wants to make for lunch after
manipulate the pictures is wonderful for
differences. Create a new board entitled
looking at board and move the food to
students of all ages and levels.
candy. Grab images of a variety of candy
another area of the cork board while
bars, sour candy, gummy candy, sticky
describing what they are making and
candy, chocolate candy, hard candy,
how they are going to use the food
candy corn….you get the picture. Create
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sticky notes with a description like “soft
Create a story sequencing board. Take 3 or 4 pictures of scenes in a picture book and have the student move them around into the correct order and retell what is happening in each picture.
and chewy” and another one with “hard and crunch” then have the student move
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the pictures of the candy under the
of things that are hot and things that are
appropriate heading. You could also
cold and have the student move them into
have 3 or 4 categories and have the
the correct category while naming them.
student tell which piece of candy belonged in which category and why.
Create a preposition board with pictures of students acting out the preposition.
You could also place price stickers on the pictures of food with the tape tool, give the students play money and have them go shopping moving items they want to one side of the board and determine if they have enough money to purchase the items.
How do you use Corkulous? 11
Leaf Me Alone! (not really) Leaves are free and they are everywhere in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes so why not capitalize on them? Here are leaf inspired apps to get you started.
You can create miracles of nature as well with the Nature Artist. Enjoy the fun and freedom of creation! Materials are real leaves,petals, and fruits. 200 natural materials and 28 different kinds of background. Create patterns and paint at will. Simple operation and suitable for all ages. This app reminds me of the book, “Look What I Can Do With A Leaf” but you’re actually making something with the leaves!
Leaf Match free
Match leaves on the bottom of the screen with leaves on the tree. Each leaf has a picture of some type of fruit or nut that grows on a tree on it.
Leafsnap free Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. You put the leaf on a piece of white paper and snap the picture of it and it will try to identify it. Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of the Northeast and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States. The reviews are mixed and it’s not perfected by it’s a good starting point and it’s free. I can see an outside “field trip” in your future! 12
Leaf Apps Continued……… I Like Leaves .99 cents The little ones will enjoy listening to lovely stories while looking at gorgeous pictures that are carefully chosen. Toddlers will love the interactivity of the picture books and click on items to discover new words. Young kids will enjoy these books to learn how to read as they see each word individually highlighted in red at the exact moment the audio is played back.
Tree Jumper Lite free Jump as high as you can in this insanely fun game! Guide the squirrel up the tree, jumping from branch to branch, and unlock power-ups to help you along your way! But make sure you avoid the other animals on the tree!
A Leaf In My Hair $1.99
You can view 28 seconds of the story on YouTube at : http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=FCPzGvFtlI
“A Leaf In My Hair” is an animated book about Jarvis - a playful hedgehog who makes a new friend through games and adventures. Have fun reading this book, at playtime or bedtime. Tap on the sentences to hear them read out loud, and then enjoy the colorful and funny animations. This App has been carefully designed, so that children of all ages can easily navigate through it and have a great experience on both iPhone and iPad Main features: CG character animation with exciting segments. Relatable day-to-day experiences for young children. Interactive texts with read-along functions. Once installed, the App can be played even when offline. 13
Defender of the Leaf
â€¨Gonk the Ladybug needs your help. Heâ€™s been living on this leaf for a long time and now his home is under attack by hordes of sap sucking parasites. Help Gonk save his leaf before the bugs devour his home!
Leaf Blower free Exercise your lungpower in this foliage-blowing precision based game. Keep the leaf in-between the two goal lines to try to achieve the highest score possible. Strengthen your lung capacity by mastering all three game modes, Easy, Medium and EXTREME!
I Like Fall The "I Like" children's picture books are a magical way to enjoy picture books with your child. Not only are the stories and pictures fun... they also help your child learn about the world they live in. It is a magical learning experience for kids of all ages from 0 to 6.
Just Squirreling Around Apps Abby the Squirrel
Abby Acorn is hungry. In the forest she will find a lot of goodies - but not everything is healthy. Help Abby Acorn to catch the right food. Have a look what Abby hold in her hands. She likes it ;-) The game has 7 levels. Each level is more extensive and faster. And because the food falls like the leaves in the wind, Abby Acorn must play with attention each time.
Jimmy the Squirrel $1.99 Many of the pages have an optional “Paint Me” feature for children to finger paint the pages and create their own custom version of the book.
Sammy Squirrel and the Haunted Numbers .99 cents Learning to count can be scary - especially in "Sammy Squirrel and the Haunted Numbers". Match the number with the card that has that number of things on it to clear the board. The numbers are all made from the leaves of autumn trees and the objects all have a fun haunted theme. Number pronunciation occurs when a match is made. This is a great game for your younger children.
Pintrest Oh I don’t even know what that is!....... LIAR!!!!! Ok you know you love it so just go ahead and admit it, remember admitting you have a problem is the first step. I’ve whiled away many minutes… and hour…. ok I’ll come clean…many hours checking out recipes, crafts, home décor, jewelry and fashion but have you ever considered it to find therapy ideas? Yes, it’s true there are boards dedicated to all kinds ideas for education and technology use. If you type in “iPad apps” or “iPad educational apps” in the search box and then hit boards it will take you to numerous boards you can choose to follow. If you find an idea that looks interesting click on the picture and it will take you directly to the source of the idea such as a blog or website.
I’ll see you on Pintrest!
If you liked this infographic about Pintrest you can download their free app called Infographics or follow their blog in the Flipboard app. It has a lot of useless but interesting information to get your ready as a contestant on Jeopardy! 17
http://tarheelreader.org/2011/10/25/the-2halloween-pigs/ This is a simple 9 slide PowerPoint that can be printed out as a book. It’s about 2 little pigs getting their pumpkins for Halloween. Misspelled words “there” and “Sponge” in it though. The book has sound and it can be read out loud in a man, woman or child’s voice.
Pigs & Pumpkins
Puppet Pals HD App This app is free and the add on characters are $2.99 which is well worth the price. Did you know you can create your own characters by having the students draw characters then take a picture of it and pull it off of your camera roll on the iPad and turn it into a puppet? Or you can turn the students into characters by taking a picture of them and pulling it off you camera roll. Here are the steps: 1. Open up Puppet Pals and touch “press to start” then “add character from photo”. 2. Now you can either choose “take a photo or “choose existing image” (that would be a photo you already have on your camera roll). 3. After you have take the picture of the drawing or actual picture of the child then you would touch “choose existing photo”. Now you can move your picture around and resize it with a finger pinch. Touch “cut” and just trace around the image with your finger. “Accept” it if you are happy with it and it will automatically appear in the “my actor” clipboard of characters.
[Street Address] It would be great to use this app to [City], [State][Postal Code] make students into characters and [Web social Address]stories or conversational create roll playing.
WTF? Simmer down now it stands for “Where’s the Food”? http://www.tasteofhome.com/Re cipes/Cute-Pig-Cookies
WTC? Where’s The Craft?
Piggy Bank How stinkin’ cute is this little porker? He is made out of a plastic soda bottle. This one was made as a Valentine’s box however you could easily not cut out the mouth and cut a slit in the top of his back for a piggy bank.
For complete instructions for this little piggy head on over to the Cheeky Kitchen at: http://www.cheekykitchen.com/2011/02/weekend-craft-pinkpiggy-valentines-day-box.html
Ten Pig Books Worth Reading http://inthedoghouse.hubpages.com/hub/The-10Best-Childrens-Books-About-Pigs-Funny-BedtimeStories
If you like the little pigs and pumpkins I’ve created on these 2 pages and would like to use them in Puppet Pals, shoot me an email and I’ll send them to you!
Toot and Puddle Books Holly Hobbie is the author and illustrator for the popular Toot & Puddle picture books. Toot and Puddle are two pigs. They are the best of friends who live in Woodcock Pocket. The two friends share a home. Toot & Puddle have different personalities. Each book illustrates what it means to be a true friend with charming pictures and a great story to go with them. I love these books!
Toot & Puddle This is the picture book which introduces Toot & Puddle. Toot & Puddle: A Present for Toot Toot & Puddle: Puddle’s ABC Toot & Puddle: You are My Sunshine Toot & Puddle: Wish You Were Here Toot & Puddle: Charming Opal Toot & Puddle: I’ll be Home for Christmas Toot & Puddle: The New Friend Toot & Puddle: Top of the World Toot & Puddle: Let It Snow 20
Common Core Apps for Special Needs Students: Part One Here are a variety of apps to meet all of the first grade standards, as well as other grades. Reading Literature and Reading for Information Reading Literature Key Ideas and Details RL.1.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. Explain Everything $2.99 This is a presentation app. Students can make 5 slides using audio and illustrations to answer the 5 w's or specific questions the teacher has prepared. RL.1.2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson. My Story Book $1.99 Perfect app to have students retell the story by creating their own storybook. Students can add pictures and recordings. Students are their own author and illustrator. RL.1.3. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details. Popplet $4.99 A graphic organizer. Craft and Structure RL.1.4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. Feel Electric FREE This app has three components- my stuff, my games and my life. Each area has students identifying their emotions. My life has one component called mood tales. Students read and write stories dealing with their moods. The app also introduces students to a wide variety of emotional vocabulary words with wonderful explanations. RL.1.5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types. MeeGenius FREEadditional books $2.99 Ebooks for young children. The app comes with 6 free books. Books state author and illustrator. Students can choose to read books by themselves or have it read to them. The book is read highlighting the word being read. The free books include Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Ready Get Set Race, Field Mouse and the Town Mouse, Mary had a Little Lamb and When Pigs Fly. RL.1.6. Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text. Mee Genius FREE. Teachers can read this story out loud and ask who is telling the story.
Common Core Apps Continuedâ€Śâ€Ś Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RL.1.7. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events. Mee Genius FREE The books are full of illustrations. Teachers can use Inspiration Maps Lite FREE (allows you up to 5 diagrams) or Popplet to organize characters, setting or events. RL.1.9. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories. Inspiration Maps Lite FREE- Full Version $14.99 This app is a graphic organizer app that parallels the web-based Inspiration software. The full version of the app contains 29 templates. The free version only allows up to five diagrams. Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity RL.1.10. With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1. If Poems $4.99 Nicely broken down by ages. Many of the poems can be listened to or read independently. The app contains 12 categories, allowing teachers to choose poems based upon theme. Poems also include a biography about the poet. Students can also record themselves either reading the given poem or making up their own. Students who may be visually impaired can also increase the font size or use the audio component. Informational Text Key Ideas and Details- Matching to RI.1.1, RI1.2, and RI1.3. RI.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text. 1st Fiction $2.99 This app contains 20 stories about children's daily life. Each story is about one paragraph on a first/second grade level. Upon completion of the story students have 10 multiple choice questions to answer. Questions include: What is this story about?, "Wh" questions, main idea, etc. Matching to RI.1.1, RI1.2, and RI1.3. RI.1.2. Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. 1st Fiction RI.1.3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Common Core Apps Continuedâ€Śâ€Ś Craft and Structure RI.1.4. Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text. Wordweb Audio Dictionary $3.99 A dictionary that offers 70,000 audio pronunciations. The app includes settings to turn on or off synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, similar words, etc. For visually impaired there is the ability to change font size. Most important, it has a block option for vulgar and offensive words. RI.1.6. Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text. Tumblebooks to go- Munsch-6-pack $5.99 Similar to the TumbleBooks website, this is one of a few six-pack tumblebook apps. Books are read to the student. Illustrations are animated that will align with this standard. The audio uses a human voice with appropriate inflections, making the story enjoyable for grade K-3.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas RI.1.7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas. Inspiration Maps Using a graphic organizer for each of these points helps students visualize comprehend RI.1.7,RI1.8,RI.1.9. Students can color code, use different pre-made templates or create their own. RI.1.8. Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text. RI.1.9. Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures). Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity RI.1.10. With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade 1. National Geographic Kids One free sample, individual magazines $3.99, full subscription $19.99 Animal Stories, Weird but true facts, word games, videos and more. These apps were compiled by Vicki Windman. She is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.
A Great Way to Share with the Whole Class If you are an innovative educator whose school has moved to iPads in the classroom, you need a WiPad. Unlike Apple TV it does not require network connections or IDs. Unlike an interactive whiteboard you can get up and away from the board and into class. Just snap your iPad into the WiPad case, attach the battery to the back of the case, and connect that to WiPad and iPad with a cable. Place the receiver on your TV or projector and voilà! You’re ready to share whatever is on your iPad (i.e. apps, audio, video) with the class. What’s nice about the wireless device is that not only can the teacher be anywhere in the class, but the projecting iPad can also be given to a student to share their work as well. Or...you can just connect the WiPad to a student device. This allows the whole class to see what is on a particular student’s iPad. Just imagine having the students using the app Educreations or Screen Chomp to demonstrate to the class what they are doing as they write, draw and talk about how to do something using these apps as it is shown to all the students at one time. Unlike an interactive whiteboard that requires training, keeps you tethered to the front of the room, and costs thousands, consider a WiPad Pro. It works on an iPad 2 or 3 and runs for $299. Now to find a grant or somebody to pay for this little gem!
Let Me Show You!: Apps to help your students demonstrate & explain I once took this class on how to make stain glass windows using the Tiffany foiling method. The class lasted a month and while the handouts were good the method of teaching the instructor used was even better. He turned the students into the instructors! We were given the handouts, shown some rudimentary techniques and then set loose with all those great jeweltone pieces of glass and equipment to “play” with it and told that in an hour and 45 minutes we would each have to show and explain to our classmates the technique we used for transferring a pattern, scoring, cutting and grinding. I have to say that it was one of the most effective ways of learning I’ve experienced. When you demonstrate and explain at the same time several areas of the brain are engaged and have to work together to produce and coherent, concise explanation along with movement. Here are a few apps that allow the student to draw, write, annotate over a picture brought in from the camera roll all while explaining what is being done while it is being recorded. The resulting explanation can be saved, played back, posted or emailed to another teacher, parent or student. Basically what all these apps do is turn your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. The ones below are FREE! Yes, that’s right….FREE!!!
This is a very powerful app that can really do a lot. You can watch videos on what it can do here: http://doceri.com/videos.php Here you can check out a comparison between the Educreations apps and the Doceri app: http://doceri.com/blog/
This Just In……… The newest stuff hot off the press
Talk About It: Object Pro HD $7.99
“Tell me everything you can about a cat.” How can you answer that? The Talk About It: Objects app helps children identify which information is important about an object (Guess Boxes) and then provides a way to apply this knowledge in an expressive, narrative language task (Talk About It recording). It is designed to be used with an instructor, parent, or therapist to assist with scoring the expressive task, if data tracking is desired. An arcade game (“Knock ‘Em Down!”) can be played as a reward activity at preselected intervals. This Pro Edition allows up to 30 users’ information/data to be stored. (The Home Edition is identical but is for a single-user only) It is designed for children ages 6-12, but can be adapted to younger and older users. It is perfect for children who need practice with defining, describing, vocabulary development, explaining, and understanding salient features (what’s important) about an object or place. It also offers an excellent way to integrate articulation and fluency practice!
Talk About It Objects Home HD $3.99
Using Apps as a Reward: Short & Sweet When dealing with rewards, they should be immediate and shouldn’t take a lot of time away from instruction that’s where action games come in. Show the student the app, let them try it out then set a goal whether it’s a time limit or a task they have to complete with the reward being one minute with this app or one turn at a game. Here are some action packed games (with no shooting) that students like to play and don’t take up much time:
Super Search 60 - free Your 60 seconds start NOW! Compete against your friends or yourself in Super Search 60, the fast and frantic Hidden Object game from KlickTock. "Often the most simple things turn out to be the best; Super Search 60 has an instantly likable charm that’s doled out in quick fire sixty second rounds and is impossible to put down. You’ll be itching for another go. It really is like eating potato chips…you just can’t eat one and I bet you can’t just play one game of Super Search 60! It’s fun and only takes up 60 seconds of reward time. It really is addicting plus you are hitting vocabulary and hand eye coordination.
EX Skater HD - free Extreme skateboarding in your pocket! Shred through hills and forests in a quest to collect all the fallen meteor fragments and harness the full power of the meteor! Jump, flip, turn and grind! Tap, swipe, hold and tilt! The more tricks you land the more powerful you become! I love this game!
Temple Run - free Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run! You are an Indiana Jones-like character and your goal is to collect gold coins and treasure along the way while trying not to get overtaken by giant bird creatures, fire, traps or crocks! Fun, but I admit, I’m terrible on this one….the old reflexes aren’t what they use to be! The older kids really like it. 27
Harbor Master - free Relax and let the sounds of the sea transport you far away. You are the Harbor Master in a busy harbor. Direct boats into the docks, watch them unload their cargo, and direct them off the screen. But be careful not to let the boats crash, and watch out for the pirates, monsters, and cyclones! My new favorite game….it’s a slower, kinder, gentler kind of action game.
Stoopid Sandwich The aim of Classic Mode in Stoopid Sandwich is simple - just build the tallest sandwich you can. Make a slice of bread, watch a filling drop in then shape your next slice to stack safely on top... and repeat until your sandwich towers into the sky. Mess up and you’ll have to watch in horror as your sandwich masterpiece comes crashing down. A fun quick little game……my 9 year old great niece loves it!
Doodle Truck – .99cents GET BEHIND the WHEEL… PICK UP your PAYLOAD… DIP and DIVE, BOUNCE and FLY, then DELIVER in this PHYSICS ADVENTURE! You are a busy truck driver delivering your various payloads to different destinations over bump and difficult roads. Both boys and girls like this app. The graphics are simple but really very good. This could even be used for language/vocabulary…..telling what is being hauled and over what kind of roads (bumpy, rough, smooth). Try hauling the giant squeaky blow-up giraffes….IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Apps To Track Rewards & Positive Behaviors http://www.irewardchart.com/
iRewardChart - free lite version to use with one child and up to 4 tasks per week. $3.99 version allows for multiple users and more than 4 tasks per week. iRewardChart makes it easy to reward your children for good behavior and keep them motivated. 1. Type their name, 2. Select a few tasks from our list of suggestions, and 3. Reward their accomplishments with a single tap in the weekly chart .
Clean Up Your Room - .99cents How do you turn a chore into a fun, exciting game? With Clean up your Room, the app that turns any task--picking up toys, gathering laundry, putting on pajamas, and anything else you can think of--into a fun challenge for kids. Choose a reward, start the timer, and stand back! Your child will have the chore completed in no time, and will have fun while doing it! Why nag when you can motivate? Clean up your Room helps parents everywhere to motivate their children in a positive, healthy and fun way. Just pick the reward, set the timer and watch!
iPad + SLP is now on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/IPADSLP Yup, it’s true! Facebook!
I know not everybody is a fb user but if you are then this is a place to post and share apps and ideas that have worked for you and your students. It’s also a place to talk about apps that aren’t so great. If we talk about those that work as well as those that don’t then we might save each other a little app money in the long run and that’s a good thing! Come join the conversation!