Monday, January 14, 2013

In My APPinion Monday!

Good morning (although I'm pretty sure it will not be morning when I post this!) I am excited to start a new Monday chapter... In My APPinion Monday! Mondays are now my app review days. This will be a great way to learn about a new app and maybe even give it a try in therapy during the week..... and giveaways can always make Mondays better!
This week's app review is of Erik X. Raj's Multiple Choice Articulation. This is honestly one of my favorite apps to use in therapy right now. It made my list of 5 Favorite Apps for Therapy in 2012. I love this app for 2 main reasons:
1. This is an articulation app that does not look like it was made for little kids. You can use this app with your middle and high school students and not make them feel like they are using a juvenile app. 
2. How many of you have students that have both speech and language goals? This app allows you to target both. In addition to articulation, you can address expressive language, grammar, vocabulary, etc.
When you open the app, you are prompted to choose a phoneme target and position. From there, the student is given a scenario where he/she has to choose an answer to a "Would you rather" question.  Depending on the student's level, you can either have the student read the question out loud or touch the Hear The Question button to have it read to them.The student has to answer the question, no "none of these" answers are accepted (it's in Mr. Raj's rules!) There is also an option to hear a possible answer. This was my students' favorite part! If you touch the Hear An Answer button, Erik will answer the question himself. My students loved seeing if Erik's answer matched theirs (seriously, high fives were given around the room if it matched!)
But don't just take my opinion on this... I had some of my students do their own app reviews. I prompted them with the following questions:
1. Did you like this app?
2. Was it easy to use?
3. What was your favorite part?
4. What did you not like about it?
5. How many stars would you give this app?
All of my students gave Multiple Choice Articulation 5 stars, except for one. He gave the app 4.5 stars. His reasoning was that he did not like Erik's answer to one of his questions! There was a choice of surfing for 7 hours or riding on a sea monster with seven heads. Erik chose the sea monster and this student felt that was a dangerous decision because the sea monster could eat him! (see all the language that this app brings out?!) So sorry Erik, for your lack of safety concern about the 7 headed sea monster, you lost half of a star :)

The only change I would make with this app is to add the option to record answers. My students love apps where they can record their answers. I love letting them listen back to their recordings and letting them critique their own speech. Overall, this app is a great addition to my speech room. You can purchase Multiple Choice Articulation sells for $9.99 in the app store. Try to win a copy below!


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25 comments:

  1. This app would be great for my jr. high students that are working on artic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I keep seeing reviews about this app and it looks so fantastic! I could use it for all my students PreK to 21.

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  3. This app looks good to use with my older 4th and 5th grade students who are at the point of being 'over it' with the articulation practice! Maybe something to motivate them!

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  4. This app looks great. I think my students will really like it. Thanks you.

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  5. sounds like a great app I'd like to try it out

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  6. This app has had some great reviews! Would love to add it to my "bag o' tricks"!! Thanks!

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  7. This app is on my wish list! I would really really love to win it!!!

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  8. I have seen this app all over the SLP-blogosphere and It's EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I've read alot about it and I know it could help kids with articulation difficulties, but also kids who need some practice formulating answers. Thanks Erik for the creative app!

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  9. This app looks amazing! My students would love it.

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  10. This app looks perfect for some of my students at the carryover level! I hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. This app looks great for my older students for generalization of skills.

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  12. This app looks so wonderful! I need it for my 6th graders working on carryover! Guess who is getting a little old.

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  13. My students love "Would You Rather" books so I am sure they would like this.

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  14. Looks like a really great app that is very versitile. Hoping to win it!

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  15. This app has been on my wish list for some time. I think it looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. I love the different spin on articulation practice that this app takes. Can't wait to try it hopefully!

    Abby @ SchoolhouseTalk

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  17. looks great for carryover in to spontaneous speech...

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  18. What a great way to supplement services. It looks comprehensive, fun and subsequently a must have!!!

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  19. I just bought an iPad (b/c my school didn't have enough money to purchase one for the speech program) and appreciate good app reviews to help determine what's worth it out there... crossing my fingers for this app!

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  20. Looks like a fantastic, fun app. Artic therapy can get monotonous but not with this app!

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  21. This app looks great, would love to try it out!

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