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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