Thursday, April 24, 2014

Preposition Remix {app review and giveaway}

You all already know my love of Smarty Ears apps.  They are great quality and are researched-based.  I always know I am getting a great product from them.  Their app Preposition Remix is no exception.

Here's a description from Smarty Ears:
"Preposition Remix was created­­ specifically to help children improve their mastery of spoken language. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, Preposition Remix contains hundreds of carefully selected high-quality images. Perfect for working on the skills needed to understand the relationship between nouns/pronouns and other words, Preposition Remix will help children and English language learners gain the skills needed to follow directions and create grammatically correct sentences."

As always, start by entering your player.  You can import from Therapy Report Center, which is another great option.  Once you know who your player is, use the settings to determine the target prepositions.  You can choose to target all of them or just a pair (i.e. in/out).  You can also determine which cues are used and what happens if the student chooses the wrong answer.

To start, hit "Play." The app will go through a series of pictures with instructions to target the selected prepositions.  If the student chooses the correct answer, music notes and a "Well done" image will appear.

One of the great things about Smarty Ears apps is that they include data tracking.  At first, I was concerned because I didn't see anything where I had to click.  But this turned out to be fabulous because it DID track data.  Whenever you hit, "Done" in the bottom right corner, it will pull up a screen for you to view the reports of each student.   Select the student, and this report will appear.  As always, you can print or email it.

I really like this method of data collection because there is nothing extra on the screen during the game to distract the students.  My students don't always understand what a green, yellow, and red buttons mean, and then they click them randomly, which makes the data invalid.  So I LOVE that it is taken "secretly," if you will.

Overall, I really like this app for targeting prepositions.  My younger students think it is a very fun way to practice and achieve their goals.  It works great for one on one clients or during centers, where the students rotate from station to station.  I wish it had capabilities for multiple players, but it is still a great app!

If you would like this app, you can find it in the iTunes store for $9.99 at the time of this review!

Smarty Ears has generously donated a code for one lucky reader!  Enter the  giveaway below for your chance to win:

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Note: A code for the app was provided for my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 

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  1. I don't use apps very often. I use them more as reinforcing activities at the end of the session or to keep one student in the group working quietly while I do a different activity with the other student.

  2. I have been trying to use apps more frequently. I use Articulation Station a lot for my artic kids. I really like using Language Empires with my older students. Conversation Builder is one of my favorites. I don't really have any apps for prepositions. I really enjoy Smarty Ears apps, so I'm sure this would not disappoint.

  3. I use apps a lot as reinforcement and as a traveler to avoid carrying loads of flash cards with me.

  4. I use apps primarily as therapy activities when I have individual sessions as many apps aren't geared for groups. I don't often use them as reinforcement for the same reason. I frequently use see-touch-learn, bitsboard, custom boards, and educreations to name a few. I LOVE my iPad!

  5. My students really love using apps. They find it rewarding just to use the iPad. I love how many of the apps collect data for each student, what a time saver. This looks like a really neat app for prepositions.

  6. I don't use apps all the time, but when I do pull out the iPad my students are very motivated to participate. They enjoy anything I put in front of them as long as it's on the iPad.

  7. Sometime I use apps for a quick assessment. Does the student get the concept receptively? How do they do expressively? But usually I make the apps available for extra practice and reinforcement of a concept at the end of a session, or when we have a spare 3 minutes to work.

  8. I use apps after I teach a concept to give my students some intense, and fun, practice! Thanks for the review!

  9. I like to use apps for extra practice once we have worked on something (either in a group or individual). It's a fun way to get extra practice in in a different way.


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