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Entries into each section on this wiki will be structured so that this basic information is available. We will include the TITLE of the application, with a link to the broad description and rating on iTunes. The ICON is simply a screen shot of what will show up on the device. WHO describes the student you have used this particular app with. WHERE indicates whether the app was used at home, school, or in therapy. HOW describes the manner in which you used it. This is also the place to elaborate on other ideas for application. WHY/WHY NOT provides the anto indicate theof the app, whether they would use it again, and rationale for the opinion. We invite anyone else who has used the app to comment on anything about it... different whos, hows and whys....

Story Builder
This app is great to use with kids who are working on sentence formulation, generating ideas, inferential reasoning and sequencing. There are three different levels to work with. I have been using this app with a 12 year old girl who uses an ECO14. Accessing is slow for her, so I liked the "fill in the blank" format. Level 1 was a great level for her to facilitate ideas. After she completed each page, she read the page out loud using her device and it was recorded. At the end of the activity, the book becomes "published," with the recording for each page played sequentially. The books can be emailed.
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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sssssssssssssssssssI do wish the pictures were more interesting. Overall, definitely worth 4 dollars!
It would be great if the app wrote out the sentence the student formulated. It is only recorded.
Fart Sounds
This app offers 7 different fart sounds. I used it with a class of middle school students in a self-contained classroom (after I received permission by the principal!). My focus was on the students using descriptive words. These students frequently use the same descriptive word over and over again during activities (e.g. "funny"). During this activity, each student could only use a descriptive word one time. Each fart had to be described using a different word (or words). The students wrote down the descriptions as the whole class listened to each fart. Obviously, the students thought this was hilarious and were very motivated to do so. The students came up with very creative descriptors, such as "sounds like a motorcycle, sounds like a duck, short and wet, sounds like a motor boat, horrifying, disgusting, nasty." One student said "sounds like my dad farting."
This app is definitely worth using. The sounds are very different so it is easy to come up with different descriptive words.
Puppet Pals
What: Puppet Pals HD is a great app for creating and sharing a puppet show.
Who: I have used this with a communication circle including 6th grade girls. I feel that this would interest people at a wide range of ages, from preschool through adult, as the shows can be quite simple or very complex.
a. Taking Turns: this app lends itself well to each student creating a line of dialogue, then adding it.
b. Using Core Vocabulary: I used this app to support a student who is learning and using core vocabulary (those high frequency words that we use over and over, in every situation), such as ‘He is going to hurt the pretty girl!!’
c. Talking About Emotions, Actions, and Describing Words: This app can also be used for exploring a wide range of vocabulary, from actions to emotions, to describing words, to prepositions (see write-ups in other sections on this wiki!)
Where: I used this in a school setting in a group of four students. I would recommend using it for 2 – 4 students, unless you have a way to project the iPad.
How: Basically, you follow this approach:
a) Choose characters
b) Choose backgrounds
c) Write your dialogue
d) Record the actions AND dialogue simultaneously
e) Note: Characters not in the background ‘box’ are ‘offstage’ for that scene. Thus, in the picture below, the two pirates are onstage, and the good fairy is offstage.
f) Note: The curtain pulls indicate which scene you are currently developing. In the photo below, there are three scenes, and we are currently working on the first scene.
TIP: Since I am not a ‘digital native’ I did not find this app to be intuitive, so I missed some of the possibilities on my first try! I then went looking for instructions. While I didn’t find a ‘manual’ I found something MUCH better: this video tutorial!! It’s short but very helpful!
Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
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This is a free app, which comes only with the Wild West characters and backgrounds.
Director's Pass: I paid for the upgrade to the Director’s Pass for $2.99, which was worth every penny. That includes multiple character sets (arthropod, fairytale, monsters, farm, pirates) and multiple backgrounds to accompany each character set (or you can mix and match). Other sets are available, and I suspect that the students will talk me into them (Christmas, entertainers, fair-weather friends, political par-tay). This app offers an incredible bang for the buck! I plan to use it with middle school students for a writing assignment, for Out & About community group for a fun core vocabulary practice activity between bowling sets, and with my grandchildren when they are . . . well . . . bored!!
$ 2.99
Talking Baby Monkey
This is a great app that I have been using with middle school students. The app provides motivating actions for middle school students that are not babyish. Caution: you may not want to use this app with students with behavior issues.
I was working with students diagnosed with severe learning disabilities or mild cognitive issues. The students wrote sentences explaining what they wanted another student to do with the monkey. They then read the sentence outloud. Depending on the student's writing skills, the sentence could be simple or more complex. This monkey will do the following actions: throw up if you poke his belly, fall down if you poke his leg, say "ow" if you poke him in the eye, and cry if you poke him 2x in the eye. He can also eat a banana, have a coconut fall on his head, throw a coconut, clap his hands and dance. It is a talking app, so the typical features of repeating what is said to him and recording are also available.
The students really enjoyed working with this app and had fun writing the sentences!
I followed up the activity by bringing in a real coconut and made a lesson out of cracking it and eating it.

Submitted by: Patty Ashby
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Value: This app is free. So worth it for the right group of kids!
(mind mapping)
This app is for making "webs" or "mind maps". I used it with 4th grade articulation students as an in-class project. They watched a video on the voice and took notes using this app. They then had to give me a review of the app at the end of the session.

I thought that it was easy to learn how to add/remove new bubbles. I liked how colorful the maps were and that you could reposition the bubble simply by dragging. My students liked "using technology to take notes" and "moving the boxes around". They also thought it was easy to use in that they needed minimal coaching from me to operate the program.

Submitted by: Victoria Sucato Riggs, M.S. CCC-SLP
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While this is a great idea, I sadly only have an iPhone to play with. The map came out pretty small and was hard to see. My students reported that their "slow typing" made it hard to keep up with the video to actually take notes. They also reported that it took longer to use the app then to write out a map, and they wanted headphones to speak into that could write the text for them into the bubbles.

I think this app would still be great to use on an iPad, with a teacher facilitating a brainstorming session and filling out the map in front of the group.
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Sticky Notes for iPad
This app consists of moveable sticky notes that text can be typed onto. I have used this app for many purposes: unscrambling sentences, sentence completion, choosing from word lists to make funny phrases/sentences, etc. I have even used it in artic therapy with the target words listed, letting the student erase the note after the drill is complete. Parts of language can also be color coded by choosing specific colors for the sticky notes. There are so many possible uses!

The example below is an activity with a gal who uses an ECOPoint. It was a scrambled sentence with the clue "This is about your speech therapist." (she has a great sense of humor!) She chose the word(s) she wanted by using her ECOPoint. She then moved the word next to the previous ones with physical assist (so important to let our clients with CP touch the screen too!). She cracked up when she saw the message, and was motivated to make one up for me to unscramble.
NOTE: turn off the auto capitalization in settings, or every sticky note will have a capital letter! Please see the picture examples that show this issue. There is no problem if you change this setting.
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Submitted by: Patty Ashby MNS, CCC-SLP
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The app is free! So many possibilities!