Saturday, February 15, 2014

Im My APPinion: Articulation Carnival by Virtual Speech Center

Appy Saturday! I am excited to share an app with you that has been getting a lot of requests lately! Articulation Carnival was created by Virtual Speech Center. This app was created to target English phonemes at the word, phrase, and sentence level. 
Virtual Speech Center did provide me with a copy of this app, however, all opinions in this review are mine. 
To get started, first add or select your students that will be playing (yes, we do "play" in speech!)
Next, choose the phonemes you want to target for each student. You can choose as many phoneme targets as you need.
There is also a settings option where you can adjust the app sounds, game settings, music settings, etc. My favorite part of this app is in the settings section... you can add custom words and upload your own photos. This would be perfect if you were working on a thematic unit and wanted to tie in special words to your articulation practice. You could also use pictures of friends or family members that the student has a difficult time saying their name (like Uncle Wobert!) Possibilities are endless with this option!
Once your settings are complete, your students are prompted to start practicing their targets. On the left side of the screen you can adjust which phoneme you want to target, which position, and choose between word/phrase/sentence level. I love how easy you can make these adjustments. You do not need to start all over to switch from words to sentences if the students is doing well!
Your students earn a balloon for each correct target they produce. After your kiddo has completed their designated amount of targets (this is decided in the setting section) you get to have some fun with some very popular carnival games! 
These games include....
Spray Ducks
Basketball
Balloon Darts
and the famous Strength Hammer!
Once your session is over, you can access the Session Report. This is a great paperless data tracking device and can be easily emailed to teachers or parents. 

What I love about this app:
-Fun app!
-Option for multiple students/users
-Option to practice multiple phonemes at the same time.
-User friendly
-Colorful and visually appealing yo students. 
-Option to add your own custom photos
-Data tracker with Session Reports

What I would like to see in this app:
- I wish that this app automatically brought you back to the target phonemes after a certain amount of time with the carnival games. I often was the bad guy making the kids quit their game to go back to the practice screen. Other than that, I have no complaints! Great app Virtual Speech Center!!

Do you think this app looks great too? You can download this app in the iTunes store here. This app gives you the option to download each sound individually at approximately $2.99-$5.99 each (good option for parents wanting to practice at home) or all sounds for $36.99. OR you can enter below to win a free copy of this app courtesy of the kind folks at Virtual Speech Center!
Good Luck!



17 comments:

  1. pig pong ball toss, ring toss, hit with hammer, ring the duck!!!!

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  2. My favorite carnival game is the ring toss.

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  3. At the carnival I stick to rides and rollercoasters and skip the rip-off games and creepy carnies. But the games in this app seem fun!

    Abby
    Schoolhouse Talk!

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  4. Shooting Gallery
    http://oldschoolspeech.blogspot.com

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  6. My favorite real carnival game is where you throw the rings to try to win fish!

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  7. My favorite carnival game is the camel game... where you throw balls to make camels race across the front :) My family plays it every year!

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  8. I've always liked the balloon darts game

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  9. Throwing darts at balloons and loved choosing ducks in the pond. :)

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