In My APPinion: Main Street Memory

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Appy Wednesday! I hope you all are having a great week. If you have students on your caseload working on memory skills, I have an app for you! Virtual Speech Center created an app called, Main Street Memory that was created to help both children and adults with processing and recalling auditory instructions.
I was provided a copy of this app in return for a review, however, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.
 When you first open the app, you will see the main screen that is pictured above. From this screen, you can adjust settings, learn information about the app, view student reports, or get started. When you click START, you will see the screen below.
 This screen will allow you to choose which students you will be working with as well as what theme/location you want the app to use. You can choose from Jin's Jewels, Pia's Pizza, and the Sweet Shop. After you choose from those settings, you are able to choose specific type of directions you want. For example, in the pizza shop you can choose if you want one, two, or three topping orders or if you're in the sweet shop you can choose how many items and how many modifiers you want to target.
 Below if a screen shot from Jin's Jewels. The student is prompted with a direction or order from a customer. For example, "I'll take a red, a blue, and a yellow bead, please." If your student needs to hear the instructions again, he/she can tap the green speaker button at the bottom of the screen.
 Below is a screen shot from Pia's Pizza. The student is prompted with a pizza order such as, "I'll take a pepperoni and onion pizza!"
 Below is a screen shot from the Sweet Shop. Your student may be prompted with a customer's order such as, "Green gummy bear and pink taffy for me, please."
 After the student completed the tasks, they are able to play a "pac-man" style game as a reward.
 This app stores student data and allows you to email it which is always helpful with parent and teacher communication. Virtual Speech Center did a great job with this app. The themes are engaging to students, even my 3 year old enjoyed playing with this app. I really like that you can use this app with multiple students at once. One feature I really like about this app is that it has a background noise option. You can choose from people talking, birds chirping, or static noise. This is a great feature to use when working with auditory/verbal students. This app is great for young children, but I could see how the directions may be simple for older students and adults, depending on their individual level. Overall, I would recommend this app for students working on memory recall and following directions.
You can learn more about this app and download a copy in the iTunes store, here!

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