Speech therapists and teachers will have no problem engaging students in the new app, by Smarty Ears, called Social Quest. Students will love their picture being in the House of Heroes. Various items will be earned as the student successfully answers either receptive or expressive questions.
This app is very clever in creating a game around a castle. Pick a room in a house by pulling the student’s picture or avatar to the room, then a student will transport to that specific room. The bathroom, for example, covers sharing items in the bathroom, how to explain to parents you want a haircut and what not to touch. Actual photographs make the experience more real and reinforce concepts. Other locations are available such as the movies, a restaurant, in the neighborhood, at the doctor’s office, in the supermarket, and at the mall… and up to 4 students can play in different locations at one time. Different situations create great, true to life learning opportunities for all students.
Teachers will love the report option that can be printed, emailed, or photographed. Different learning levels are available, allowing for reading the questions, taking out wrong answers, or removing the wrong answers. While this app may be geared for special needs students in the upper elementary, middle and high school, I see this app as a valuable way to teach life lessons and to practice peer pressure situations (such as being asked to steal at the mall) as a great app for most students. A video tutorial and help section are also available. Another tool for us to add to our teacher toolbox!
About the Author
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.