Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Phonological Awareness Lab {app review + giveaway}

First of all, Happy Veteran's Day!  Today, we thank those who have served our country and fought for our continued freedom and rights.

Second, welcome to day 2 of App Week!  I have another new app from Smarty Ears for you to check out called Phonological Awareness Lab.

There are four activities included in this app (with different levels/activities built in to those as well).
Sentence Experiment:

In the sentence experiment, the app will read a sentence aloud, and the student has to identify how many words were in each sentence.  For every word, the student clicks the dropper.  Then when the number of drops matches the number of words in the sentence, the student clicks the beaker to check his/her work.  If it turns green, the answer is correct.  If it turns red, the answer is incorrect.

Decoding Room:

Blending Syllables-
In this activity, the monster will say a word, broken down by syllables.  The student will then click on the picture and identify which word the monster was saying.

Blending Sounds-
This activity is similar, except the monster is saying sounds individually.  The student will blend the sounds together and click on the word that is formed.

Rhyming Compound:

Rhyming Identification-
The app will say the words aloud. Press the green button if they rhyme and the red one if they do not.

Rhyming Selection-
Select the word that rhymes with the word in the big bubble.

Rhyming Match-
Select the four words that rhyme and then hit the green check mark.

Syllable X-Ray:
In Syllable X-Ray, the app will provide four pictures and then a number of syllables.  The student will select the picture which has the same number of syllables as the app mentioned.


As with all Smarty Ears apps, the report section is great!  It shows the overall accuracy and breaks it down by session and activity!  This is great for data collection and reporting.

What I Love About This App:

I really like this app.  I like the variety of ways that it targets phonological awareness.  It includes practice with sounds, syllables, words, and sentences. The app makes addressing these goals fun; my students are engaged the whole time.  In fact, they ask to play it on multiple days.  Some of my students love science, so the whole lab/science theme is definitely a way to keep them engaged.

What I Would Like to See For Future Updates:

The only thing I would like to see is bigger images/symbols on some of the activities.  They can get pretty small.

Is this an app that you think you can use in your speech room?  If so, you can get it in the App Store or on iTunes here.  It is currently listed for $14.99 at the time of this review.

Smarty Ears is generously donating a code for this app to ONE lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to win!

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Note: A copy of this app was provided for my review. No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine. 
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