Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Junganew: A Herd of Sounds {app review}

Happy March!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  I wanted to post about a new app that I recently had the chance to review: Junganew: A Herd of Sounds.

This is a different style app than I have ever seen.  It tells a story! Follow me through it:

Use the map to navigate around the app:

It starts with Theo going off on his adventure.  He begins with practicing hearing the difference between his favorite sound (th) and Miss Snake's sound (s). 

One activity is "show and tell," where everyone in the class brought something that starts with /s/.  They go around the room and share what they brought.

Another one is auditory discrimination, where students will sort between an /s/ and a "th."

Another activity is Blender Express, where students will students will add a w, m, n, or k to the blender and the output is an s-blend.

Students can also practice s-blends at the ends of words with the cupcake activity.

Cocoon Coliseum is where the butterfly will put on a costume and the student will choose which item the costume is missing.  This is a medial /s/ game.

There is also mirror models to help the students practice saying their /s/ sound properly.  The snake reminds them to keep their tongues behind their teeth.  The app also records how the students say the sound, so they can go back and listen.  

Guess the Goose is where the student picks the correct goose from the clues given.

Balloon Pops: Students find the word that rhymes with the word given.

Vocal Chords:  Students practice changing /s/ to /z/ by using their voice.

At the end of the app, there is a celebration!

What I love about this app:
-There is a mirror feature so that the students can see what they are doing/ how they are producing the sounds.
-It has beautiful pictures.
-The games each provide a lot of trials for the students.
-There is an auditory bombardment feature, which I love!
-It's a good price.

What I would love to see:
-This app took me awhile to figure out how to use.  I would love to see more explicit instructions.
-Some of the sounds were difficult to hear without headphones.  I would love to see more easily discriminated sounds.

If you would like this app, you can find it in the iTunes store for $4.99!

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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