Once again, in honor of National Reading Month this March, I have a review about a dynamic new app from Smarty Ears: Reading Comprehension Camp! This highly anticipated app includes 50 short stories that are divided into 5 levels of difficulty. The higher the level, the longer and more challenging the story. Each story is represented with a picture image to help students visualize a portion of the story. Following story readings, you can take a quiz answering questions that range from simple to complex. With multiple ways to customize this app, it can be used with children in first through fifth grade.
There are so many redeeming qualities about Reading Comprehension Camp that my head is spinning just thinking about where to begin! For one thing, you can chose up to four players to participate in the quiz portion that follows each story. There’s even a link for you to create your own story using a personal picture image! Another fine feature is the “Hint” button. When tapped, the button shows you a highlighted area in the text that helps you answer the question at hand. This is especially useful in longer stories when you need to define a new vocabulary term using contextual clues. Rather than playing the story again, you can go directly to the sentence that you need to answer the question. Finally, like most of the apps by Smarty Ears, you can email a detailed data collection summary for each client. The only downfall is that there isn’t a way to customize certain questions for individual students, but you can select which student you would like to answer the current question by tapping profile pictures.
Take a look at what the developers have to say about Reading Comprehension Camp:
The purpose of Reading Comprehension Camp is to encourage both auditory and reading comprehension. In addition, by targeting story creation, the app allows for expansion of expressive language, sequencing, and narratives. These skills are critical to reading and language arts success in education. Reading Comprehension Camp allows students to explore these critical skills in an engaging way while using technology. Early monitoring of comprehension encourages students to self-advocate, ask for clarification, and use appropriate strategies for resolving problems.
Reading Comprehension Camp is a multi-purpose app specifically designed to encourage language growth and reading comprehension. With multiple levels, 50 stories, and the ability to create personal stories this comprehensive app is perfect for students struggling with comprehension. The in-app data collection makes this app perfect for progress monitoring in Response to Intervention (RTI) or Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Teachers, Reading Specialists, and Speech-Language Pathologists will love the customization, the graphed data, and the skills targeted. Students will love the engaging stories, creative art work, and the virtual awards that can be earned.
Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP has her own speech-language practice, Therapediatrics. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Naperville, Illinois who was has been practicing Speech Pathology for close to two decades. Her blog, speech2me, was named one of the top Speech-Language blogs for 2012. For more information about this practitioner, please visit speech2me Blog or Facebook page