Following Directions

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....

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Faces iMake Lite
I used this application on my iPhone with a middle school multi-handicapped classroom as we were talking about different body parts and feelings. We looked at the pictures on the Flickr Faces I Make Gallery using the SmartBoard. (The iPhone was not connected to the computer, we were just looking at pictures on-line.) Then individual students used words, symbols, or a communication device to tell me how to make unique facial creations. The manipulation of the items on the screen was a little challenging, so it worked better for students to tell me how to move the items. The program is also available for the iPad, and that may be easier for some students. It involves mostly clicking and dragging. We started with just the food library. I like how the banana can be rotated to be happy or sad. Next time this activity can be extended to include toys, tools, school items, buttons and even letters (rotating the "C" or "D" can also make a happy or sad face).
FacesIMake.jpgRayna's fruit face.Submitted by: Deanna K. Wagner
Additional ideas/comments from others:
I really enjoyed this app and can use it again and again. It was definitely worth the price. I wish that I could resize the items, so I may upgrade to the Premium version for $1.99.
This app has a nice interface for creating stories with either typed or recorded speech. It comes with high-quality voices and you can pay for additional voices. I used the Wizard to create stories around making snack with three different small groups. The first group included elementary students with autism spectrum disorder from a self-contaned class: 2 students are verbal and 2 students use the Vantage communication device. The Pictello Wizard talked me through adding pages and using the camera. The students enjoyed looking at the pictures of each step in making the snack and adding the recordings for each page. This story can easily be used again the next time we make this snack. The focus would then switch from giving directions (describing) to following directions.
The next groups were in a self-contained middle school program. Again, we took pictures while making snack. This time I found it a little more difficult to add the recordings. These students were less capable of looking at the picture and adding a recording at the time. I decided to just take pictures with the first group. The second group consisted of two girls who could look at pictures and understood how to read a sentence on the page (even when they didn't really know all the words on the page). The pictures taken with the first group were shown for each step. I typed in a sentence for the page. One student added the words in her Vantage and then read (recorded) the sentence. The other student followed the directions. It worked out very well. We learned a little more about what the students could read with fluency. When we finished, we were able to share the story with another therapist who also has this app. Too bad it doesn't share individual pages. I can't see how to put the photos back in my phone photo library, either.
Submitted by: Deanna K. Wagner
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I really love this app for creating stories with students. It is also great for working on reading fluency. I wish it was easier to share so it could be presented on the whiteboard.
Talking Ben
This app features Ben, who is a grumpy professor. You can talk to him, poke him, give him a drink, food, make him burp, talk on the phone with him, and do a science experiment.
I used this app with two middle school students. The goal was following and providing complex directions. One lesson focused on 'before/after' directions. The students absolutely loved following and providing directions with each other with this app. They didn't want to stop. Examples of directions they generated: "Poke him in the foot before you give him a drink." "After you make him burp, do a science experiment." I plan to continue using this for further concepts, such as left/right, instead of, three part directions, etc. Many possibilities!
Any of the talking apps can be used in this way. The trick is to find a character that is motivating for the child.

Submitted by: Patty Ashby
Additional ideas/comments from others: Don't forget to download Talking News! This app has two characters (Talking Tom and Talking Ben) and prompts the student to write a script.
This app is FREE. Even if I had to pay a price, it would be worth it!
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Felt Board
This is a great for creating a scene. I used it with 2 middle school students who use very different . They were still able to take turns giving the other girl directions to create scenes with people, dress the people, add animals, add other items, describe a background. It was very fun to watch them give directions and then ask for a turn.Photo Nov 30, 11 30 36 AM.png Photo Nov 30, 10 50 03 AM.jpg

Submitted by: Deanna K. Wagner
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This is a great app for a variety of language goals. I think it is definitely worth the price.