Data Collection

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 contributer an opportunity to indicate the value of 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....


**Kiddie Countdown - Activity Timer**

What: Super easy & fun activity timer. Settings include:

• Shape timer or sweep

• Early warning (changes color, gives sound)

• Many sounds (dog, applause, harp, horse)

• Sounds for warning and for time’s up

Why: This app is a fun and motivating way to count down time. Because it is so changeable, students don’t tire of it.

Who: I have used this with preschoolers to adults. Everyone loves it, and adults routinely download it while we are doing the activity that is being timed!

Where: I have used this with at schools and homes, with individuals, small groups, classrooms, and large groups.

How: I have used this from purposes ranging from replacing the broken timer on my stove, to timing activities (you have 5 minutes to draw your favorite memory of this Thanksgiving!), to very short timing intervals, such as 15 seconds to create a sentence about X on your device.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
This free app has exceptional value. My students love the different sound effects, and the warning sounds.



Giant Timerx
What: This is exactly what its name implies . . . a giant timer! It can be used to count up or down.
Stopwatch Mode: Set it and it counts the time until you stop it
Timer Mode: Set the amount of time you want (ex: 2 minutes), and it will beep when that time has elapsed

Who: This timer is helpful for anyone who knows numbers. It’s great for people who need to develop motor automaticity for any behavior, such as activating switches, locating language sequences, etc.
I also use it for professional development. "Okay guys, you have three minutes to think of messages for a treasure hunt. Ready, GO" (set it for Timer Mode).

How: The GiantTimer can be used to count up or count down. Examples:
Count Up: Set the stopwatch to see how long it takes the student to complete a task. Press pause, and you have a record of the time.
Count Down: Set the timer to encourage students to complete a task in less time. This could be done for a range of activities, such as:
• math problems
• motor acts

This app would be extremely helpful for people engaging in Precision Teaching:
Precision teaching is a precise and systematic method of evaluating instructional tactics and curricula. It is one of the few quantitative analyses of behavior forms of applied behavior analysis. ( )

Note: If you use this app to increase speed of communication, PLEASE follow it immediately with an activity using authentic language!

I found this app enormously helpful in supporting students in developing a quick motor pattern for locating icon sequences for messages. (See Giant Timer Review, Grammar / Syntax).

Submitted by: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional ideas/comments from others:
This app is definately worth downloading. It's very quick and easy to program and to change.

Tip: Several changes are possible, such as:
• Timer Done Sound: I like the Rock Riff Tag
• Timer Done Message: You can type your own message. Mine says 'Woo Hoo!'
__Super Duper Data Tracker__
I've been using this new app all week, and I have to say that I love it! This data tracker allows you to set up groups, add members to your groups, and keep track of therapy progress with a "green/correct" button and a "red/incorrect" button. When you are done with the session, click on the "Results" button for a graph that can be emailed or added to therapy notes. I've used this app for all of my language and articulation groups.

Submitted by: Victoria Sucato Riggs, M.S. CCC-SLP

Additional ideas/comments from others:
This app is definately worth the money. The only thing I didn't like about it was that I can't record cued/prompted responses. The ability to email yourself the graph at the end of the session was very helpful!

Google Forms
and spreadsheets
Right now, I use Google Forms to record therapy session notes and data right on my iPad. I custom make a form for each student based on the IEP goals and objectives. I then send the form to my iPad so that an icon appears on the screen. When I work with a student, I touch the icon for the child and fill out the form each time. The form then puts all of the data into a Google spreadsheet. Google can then (with one click) generate a summary of responses complete with graphs. This can be used with everyone in all settings. This has been a dream come true for me in terms of overall data collection. It's a little weak with frequency data (more discreet trial data), so you may need a separate form or use a pencil and paper for each type of trial if that is how you do therapy--and then input the overall percentage into the form.
Here is a tutorial on how to create a Google Form and then put the form on your iPad screen: (part 1) (part 2)

Submitted by: Ruth Morgan
Additional ideas/comments from others:
If you have gmail, you have Google forms. It's all free.