Monday, November 10, 2014

Verb Quest {app review + giveaway}

After a long absence, I am back!  I was busy planning a wedding and getting married.  I wanted to do something special for all of you readers, so I'm bringing you APP WEEK!  This week will be full of app reviews and giveaways just for you!

I wanted to start with a brand new app from Smarty Ears called Verb Quest.

Description (directly from Smarty Ears on iTunes):
"Verb Quest is a multi-player multi-level app designed to improve language skills in children. Verb Quest uses a fun magical theme to engage clients in their learning while teaching verbs. Easily customizable to fit nearly every need, Verb Quest is an engaging activity for students learning to use verb tense forms, and people who are learning English as a second language.  
Created to facilitate an understanding of verbs, Verb Quest has 20 levels ranging from simple present tense to the complex skills of negation, tense shifts, and participles. Each sentence has a corresponding picture to help reinforce the skill and increase engagement. Verb Quest is designed to teach and reinforce the grammar rules of the English language for children and English language learners alike."
First, select your student and then choose the level.  Each student will appear with a stack of books like you can see below.  Click on the bottom of the books and you can select the level/target on another screen.


Hit save and you are ready to go!  The activity will look like this on all of the levels.  The sentence is read aloud, and then the student will drag the answer to the open space.

After the student answers correctly, this screen will appear.  Hit record and have the student read the sentence aloud.

As with all Smarty Ears, there are great options for progress reports.  You can view them by level (to see if they've mastered the level and what the accuracy was for each) or by session (to see what they worked on each day and what the accuracy was).

Finally, you have a pretty big list of settings you can monitor.  You can change whether a hint is displayed, accuracy is displayed, if it reads the questions aloud, if the level is automatically increased, etc.

What I Love About This App:
-It is multi-player and customizable to each player's needs.
-It has 20 levels of play!
-It has options for hints, rewards, and recording the students reading the sentences aloud.
-It's easy to use.
-It's engaging!
-My students continue working on this alone for a few seconds while I turn to another student.
-I love the real pictures used in the app.
-There are two versions of progress reports-  by session and by level. Both are detailed and provide great information for data tracking.
-It targets my students' goals perfectly and pushes them to the next level.

If you are interested in this app, you can find it in the App Store here.   At the time of this review, it is listed at $19.99.

Smarty Ears is offering ONE lucky reader a code for this app!   Enter the Rafflecopter below:

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

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  1. My favorite part of this app is the progress reports!

  2. I like the multi-player option for using in group therapy

  3. I love the options and levels of customization - you can control the level, amount of hints, whether or not items are read aloud, etc. as suits each individual best.

  4. I love multiple players can play and that it can be individualized for each one.


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