Monday, December 17, 2012

Smarty Ears' Custom Board App {An App Review}

Happy Friday!

I'm back today with an app review for Custom Boards from Smarty Ears! Jonathan at Smarty Ears provided me with the app for free, but the opinions expressed here are all mine. No other compensation was provided.

When you first open the Custom Boards App, you see this page: You can choose whether you want to create a new project, open a saved project, or seek help from the support page.

Under the "New" tab, you can choose between 6 different kinds of activities, including: Activities & Games, Devices & Switches, Signs & Labels, Grids & Boards, Schedules & Calendars, and Worksheets. When you click the "New" tab, it looks like this:

Within these options, there are TONS (literally over 100) different templates to choose from. I screenshot some of the templates under each tab, but there are more than don't show in the pictures!

I thought I'd highlight my favorite part of the app for you: When you choose an activity template, you can click to add an image. You can choose an image from the Custom Board app, upload an image from Google, or upload your own pictures from your Ipad photo library. Here is the homescreen when you click to add a picture:

Once you have added a picture, you can change the background color or the font! You can choose whether you want the picture name at the bottom or the top of the picture, or you can hide it altogether!

Here is a picture of a first/then board I made for one of my students in about 2 minutes! Once you create a document, you can save or share it as a pdf.

Back on the templates page in the upper right corner, you can push "suggest templates," and send suggestions to Smarty Ears on what you need!
Last but not least, there is a support page! Here, you can contact Smarty Ears, watch a video tutorial, join Smarty Ears on Facebook, or see other Smarty Ears apps!

Overall, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this app! There are so many things to do, and so many ways to use it! I'm sure that without trying too hard, I could find some way to use this app for each and every kiddo on my caseload. Custom Boards sells in iTunes for 39.99, and in my opinion, it is very much worth the cost!

Have any of you used Custom Boards yet? If so, what do you think?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Smith's! (FREEBIE)

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to once again THANK YOU for all of your support! You guys make it so much more fun! To show my thanks, I wanted to offer you another FREEBIE! This activity was made to target understanding negation...Christmas-style! We are already using it in our speech room, and my kiddos are loving it!

Thought you all might like to see our 2012 Christmas Card! Merry Christmas from the Smiths!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Baby Hear & Read {An App Review & Giveaway}

Hi All!

I'm back as promised with an app review and giveaway! Today's app is the Baby Hear & Read - Verbs App from Baby Kids Zone. I've been using this app for a while now in therapy to teach my kiddos about using different verbs....and they LOVE it! Baby Kids Zone provided me with the app to review, but the opinions are all mine. They were also nice enough to give me several codes to giveaway. I'll give away a few below, and the rest will be given over the next few weeks as part of my Christmas giveaways!

When you open the app, you get this screen. There are nine pages of animals that all demonstrate different verbs.

When you click on a picture, the animal makes a sound and demonstrates the verb.

As each verb is spelled, the letters turns red.

You can change the settings by pressing the "unlock" button. With the settings, you can turn the text, voice, spelling voice, music, and animal sounds on or off.

You can also change the number of animals on each page (3x3=9 animals, 2x2=4 animals).

This app is fairly simple, and that's exactly why I like it! Sometimes when apps have a lot going on, my students get distracted pressing buttons, and we lose sight on what we are working on. This app has adorable animals that teach all kinds of practical, everyday verbs. Some of them are even funny (stink!) You can also turn the reading off and use the app to teach animals and animal sounds!

This app sells for $.99 in the iTunes store. Try to win one below, and let me know what you think!
 Good luck!

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