The following transcripts and quotes are from the E.A.T. chat hosted by Lauren Schwartz Enders 08/30/18. The quotes are from Lauren Scwartz Enders unless stated otherwise.
The Facebook group Educational App Talk has a weekly event called EduAppTalk or E.A.T. every Thursday year-round. On 8/30/2018 the chat was hosted by Lauren Schwartz Enders, MA, CCC-SLP who is an expert in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, she is an Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology Consultant. Here is the 2018 ~ List of GREAT Apps for Everyday Learning!
The initial chat topic was to discuss among speech-language pathologists, teachers, parents, educators their favorite apps & how they use these applications. The discussion was prolific and animated, and it ranged to a wide variety of educational tools/applications/resources.
Jayne Clare felt that the discussion covered so many important areas that this special chat listing an array of valuable tools and the discussion around them would be beneficial for anyone involved in the digital space, especially those that work with children with speech and language needs or are teachers or parents actively using technology in their classrooms or homes.
Mentioned in this post are all the apps/tools/books that the participants talked about. If there are omissions please write your comments below and they will be added to the post. (There are 23 companies whose 40+ products were discussed during the chat. The list of all of the mentioned companies is located at the end of this post.)
Below is the main focus from the chat transcript classified by topic:
Toca Hair Salon Me by Toca Boca AB
“This is from the excellent app developer Toca Boca and is not a therapy app. What I like about it is that it often draws lots of engagement because it allows kids to change their hairdos after importing their own photo into the app. It's fabulous for giving and following directions and encouraging commenting and questioning.
Some of the most attractive features of Toca’s apps:
- the interfaces are intuitive and easy for kids to learn and use,
- they have engaging sound effects and
- they often open-ended play as opposed to being a game with one solution.”
Apps by Toca Boca are loved by many participants. Participants mentioned: Toca Store, Toca Nature, Toca Band, Toca Doctor, Toca Dance, Toca Life, Toca Kitchen, Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Tea Party
“They are VERY motivating for so many of the kids I support. They are basically the same types of filters that are in the SnapChat social media app, without the social media component.”
Apps that can be effective for students with complex needs:
“which are wonderful for those who need alternative access methods”
*Both Pictello and Proloquo2Go offer alternative access methods including switch access built into the app.
“Especially helpful for kids with limited mobility”
As an answer on Lauren’s question: “Has anyone used AR apps with kids to work on language?” The following apps/tools were mentioned:
Other applications that support Creativity, imagination, interactions, storytelling, learning to read & write & beautiful graphics:
5.b Dr. Panda Limited
“One unique way to use apps like the Toca and MyPlayHome apps with small groups is two have two iPads, each with a copy of the same app. Then, use the apps as barrier games. One student gets to choose a certain number of people or objects and place them in a scene. Then the child who's the listener must place the same people/items in the same locations (with a barrier between them so they can't peek). Finally, they get to compare and talk about what went wrong and how they could describe it better.”
“Word Wizard for word work makes it “so much easier for kids to be able to make words and hear the sounds”.
“Create, read & publish”
5.k Clue Catcher Strategies for Using Context Clues by Golden Mean Advisory Resources LLC - The purpose is to teach students how to improve their skills by using context to determine unfamiliar word meanings
“a top nonfiction Expository Literature and great for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)”.
“a wondrous land that you are invited to discover, enjoy and explore.”
A few of these applications/books/tools discussed were presented in the EdAppTalk chat over the past 2 years. These include:
- Book Creator presented by Jon Smith 4/26/18
- Clue Catcher Strategies for Using Context Clues by Teri Cassano Blumental 6/14/18
- Roxie Munro Studio presented by Roxie Munro 10/12/17 & 2/23/17
- Link to the chat: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdAppTalk/permalink/2255963347778534/
- Link to the chat on the twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachersApps/status/1035155954382368769
Applications/Tools/Companies: TWA has also linked reviews to guide you on a deep dyve into the apps, companies and categories.
- Toca Boca
- Masquerade Technologies, Inc’s app MSQRD
- I love IceCream Ltd’s app MRRMRR
- AssistiveWare (Pictello & Proloquo2Go)
- Merge Apps
- Studio 4D Cards
- AR Talking Cards
- QuiverVision Limited
- Erik X Raj
- Story Toys Entertainment
- Dr. Panda Limited
- PlayHome Software Ltd
- Sago Mini
- My Town Games Lt
- Red Jumper Limited
- Learning Station, LLC
- MasterKey Games
- Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
- Golden Mean Advisory Resources LLC
- OCG Studios
- Flitwits Ltd.
- Kindermatica Ltd
Teachers With Apps would like to thank Lauren Schwarz Enders for sharing her expertise with the E.A.T. Community and this text has been published with permission from Lauren.