Smarty Ears has developed some of the best special education apps and their new app, Language Adventures, is no exception. Oral vocabulary is a big clue to later reading results and the rich vocabulary offered in this app will be a great boost. This app can be used by therapists and general education teachers alike. Up to 4 children can play a game, making it perfect for a small group or in a station rotation. This could easily be played at home as well.
The first screen requires a student name, date of birth and grade level, which can be selected for pre-k through 9th grade. Choose from many skills such as wh questions, antonyms, synonyms, categories, inferences and multiple meanings. Expressive and receptive skills can also be targeted. A photo of the student or avatar can also be added.
The game opens up just like a game board with a virtual dice. Three different levels are available. Play on the playground, in the cafeteria or in the classroom. Take a turn and answer the question. The student is scored by, if the answer is correct, almost, or a miss. Special social situations allow for going forward on the board. All of this information is then tracked and can be shared, printed or emailed. In the settings, the reader can be turned on or off as well as the background music and even how a mistake is heard. There is even a video tutorial to give you extra information. As we said before, this is sure to be a hit with therapists and classroom teachers alike, allowing for fun, while targeting instruction and intervention. Available in the App Store for $24.99.
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Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad. Visit Ann at iPadBrainology and on twitter @ipadbrainolgy