Monday, April 13, 2015

Smarty Ears' Verb Quest! {An App Review}

Hey Friends!

Have any wizard fans on your caseload? Smarty Ears has an app called Verb Quest that has a's perfect motivation for all my Potter fans! You can read my review of the app below. Disclaimer: Smarty Ears provided me with a copy of the app for review, but no other compensation was provided. The following opinions are all mine. :)

When you first enter the app, you'll need to add users. You can add players individually, or you can import already created players from the TRC (Therapy Report Center).

Under the settings tab, you can modify settings such as whether or not to display a hint, whether or not to increase levels, etc.

You can also select or deselect certain sentences from each level.

Once you add the players, you can adjust the activity level for each player based on their ability level. There are 20 different levels for the students to play!

You can select which levels each player will play. You can select more than one level at a time! You can also play with up to 5 students at a time, or you can play with an individual student alone.

The students are presented with a sentence prompt, and they choose the correct word to fill in the blank.

Once they correctly fill in the blank, they are asked if they want to repeat the sentence back and be recorded. You can record their voice, or you can skip this part and move on to the next prompt. (Hint: You can also disable the recording prompt-I do, because I don't have time for each kiddo to ask to record themselves after each turn!)

Once they have completed 10 correctly without hints, they can move on to the next level, or continuing practicing the same level.

Under Report Cards, you can view a student's awards, or check out their progress reports.

Students earn different wands for each level they master! My kiddos adore this!

You can view progress reports by session...

And by level! You can also share progress reports via email!

Overall, Verb Quest is another awesome app by Smarty Ears. Verbs are really important. SO important that I work on them every single day with almost every single student. Verb Quest breathed new life into our therapy sessions where we target verbs. It's fun, motivating, and educational. Who could ask for more?!?!

You can read more about Verb Quest HERE.

Verb Quest sells for $19.99 in the iTunes app store. You can see it HERE.

What are your thoughts on Verb Quest???

Monday, April 6, 2015

Smarty Ears' Phonological Awareness Lab {An App Review}

Happy Monday!

I'm back today with another great app from Smarty Ears! Disclaimer: Smarty Ears provided me with a copy of the app for review, but all opinions expressed below are solely mine. :)

The App of the Day is the Phonological Awareness Lab App!

When you enter the app. you can choose the Support tab to learn more about the app, view video tutorials, rate the app, and much more! Smarty Ears has a wonderful support team that are always willing to help!

When you select a scientist from the main menu, you can add or remove players. (You can also import players from the Therapy Report Center.) This is also where you go to select which players you wish to play the game. You can select up to 5 players to play at one time.

After you select your players, you can choose which activity you wish to play. There are 4 different types of games to choose from:

The Science Experiment activity has the students count out how many words are in the given sentence. The student taps the dropper for each word in the sentence. Then, they tap the beaker to "enter" their answer.

If their answer is correct, the beaker turns green. If their response is incorrect, the beaker turns red. I LOVE this game for my students who are learning to repeat sentences. This is a great pre-cursor to having them say the sentences because it teaches them to listen intently to every. single. word.

In the Decoding Room, students work on blending both sounds and syllables.

The students listen to the sounds or syllables and choose the picture that best matches the sounds or syllables they heard!

The Rhyming Compound has three different activities for the students to play:

In Rhyming Identification, the students are presented with 3 words and asked if the words rhyme or not.

In Rhyming Selection, the students are given a word and then asked to choose which of three words rhyme with the target.

In Rhyming Match, the students are asked to identify four words that rhyme.

Finally, in Syllable X-Ray, students are asked to tap the picture that has the same number of syllables as the number of dots shown on the left.

After you're finished playing, you can view your students data for each session in the Report Center. You can share this information with parents via email, or print to keep in the students' folders.

Overall, I use this app more than any other app in my app arsenal! I have SO many students working on phonological awareness, syllables, repeating sentences, etc. My kiddos love that it has a scientist theme as well!

You can read more about the Phonological Awareness Lab app HERE.

Phonological Awareness Lab sells in the iTunes store for $13.99. You can see it HERE

Do you use Phonological Awareness Lab in your therapy sessions? What do you think?