My Story for Speech and Language by Pocket SLP-Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Easy to use, unlimited pages in books, unlimited books and authors, very customizable, ability to choose image by sounds -initial, medial & final, ability to add your own images and narration.

What we’d love to see…

Layout templates for beginning users, option to create a layout for the entire book at the onset

Summary

An easy to use storybook creator with multiple authors and unlimited books. As a Speech Language Pathologist I love that I can create books for home practice for each and every child on my caseload, and have the child’s input, allowing the kids to take ownership of their home practice.

Our Rating

 

My Story for Speech and LanguageMy Story is the newest app for speech and language from Pocket SLP.  The app is designed for adults and children to create and share stories. The interface is extremely user friendly and lends itself well to cooperative projects. It is available as a free version with in-app purchase, and a full version with no in-app purchases. The free version allows 1 author, 2 books and images from 2 categories; the full version has unlimited authors and books, all images and dropbox synchronization. This review is of the full version.

I love how easy this My Story is to use and to teach others how to use. The simplicity of use is an asset from the beginning. Right from the home page, the mechanics of the app are self explanatory. The platform makes it easy to find your way around the different parts of the app and the multiple different ways to embellish and individualize the pages of the book.  There are unlimited pages per book.

OI have tried this app with kids as young as 5 and as old as 11.  Everyone loved it. Their true creativity came through! The students asked if they could add to their books and even shared their editing skills on others projects.  They loved that their books can be shared on social media and that the books can be saved to Dropbox. My Story app allows for multiple users.

As a Speech Language Pathologist I love that I can create books for home practice for each and every child on my caseload, and have the child’s input. It allows the kids to take ownership of their home practice.  The stories can be edited from week to week, to allow new pages to be added. Once the book is completed there is an option to view, edit or share. The “view” is done in slideshow form.

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Each page can be customized for background color, font, and images (size, position).  There are a bunch of preloaded pictures available and you can also add your own images. The preloaded images can be viewed by category (alphabetically within a category) and even by sounds these are organized by position in words (initial, medial and final). There is also an option to draw and write (thick or thin lines) on each page. One of my favorite features (and the children also) is the ability to record audio to go with the images in the book.

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There isn’t really much I didn’t like about this app. I would like to see some layout templates for beginning users. Some of the kids got really caught up in the placement and choices available to them.  It would also be nice to have an option to create a layout for the entire book at the onset. This way little time is wasted on restructuring each page. While you can copy and paste individual images, on the same page, the chance to paste to another page would also be nice. A standard template would be a good option as well, much like the project or presentation apps that are commercially available. Another addition that might be fun would be the ability to add a soundtrack in addition to the current ability to record narration.

Overall, I highly recommend this app for classroom, therapy and home. Teachers can modify for specific academic goals, Speech Pathologists can adapt for various individualized goals, and families can create stories and memories for their children to talk about and bring back to school for discussions. The app has unlimited potential for kids creativity and most important the kids are fully engaged and become active participants in their learning and therapy experiences. 5/5 stars for My Story app!!
Free version (with IAP) My Story for Speech and Language Free – Synapse Apps, LLC

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Full version – regular price $9.99 on introductory sale for $4.99
My Story for Speech and Language Full – Synapse Apps, LLC 

My Story for Speech and Language Full - Book Creator for Narrative and Vocabulary Development My Story for Speech and Language Full - Book Creator for Narrative and Vocabulary Development by Synapse Apps, LLC

Price: $4.99 USD

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Lisa is a Speech Language Pathologist who has been working in an inclusive school system for over 32 years. She works with children that have issues in all areas of speech and language. She loves her work and is always looking for ways to integrate technology.

My Playhome School by My Playhome Software – Review



What we love…

tons of amazing interactive objects, limitless play, excellent speech therapy tool

What we’d love to see…

a gymnasium and music room

Summary

A toy schoolhouse app loaded with interactive objects that is sure to delight children, no matter how old they are.

Our Rating

My PlayHome SchoolOne of the best loved toys of all time are doll houses. It brings hours upon hours of enjoyment to boys and girls alike, and it’s only limitation is a child’s imagination. My PlayHome Software Ltd has brought this enjoyment in the most portable form possible in My PlayHome, My PlayHome Stores, and very recently, My PlayHome School.

While my children and I enjoyed My PlayHome and My PlayHome Stores, My PlayHome School far exceeded our expectations. It has almost everything you could find in an elementary school: a receptionist desk, the principal’s office, a cafeteria, boys and girls restrooms, a science lab, an auditorium, a janitor’s closet, lockers, and of course, classrooms.

There are tons of awesome interactive objects throughout the school that kids are sure to love. I will highlight a few things in each room. In the receptionist desk, there is a copy machine that prints something when you click on it. In the principal’s office is a working PA system that plays back whatever you say. There are also cups you can fill up with coffee and creamer. In the cafeteria, you can take a tray and fill it up with food and drinks. It is rigged so that you never spill food on your tray or the floor. In the boys and girls rooms are mirrors that actually show reflection. In the auditorium is a stage where you can change background props and control the curtains. In the science lab, there are chemicals you can mix together and fire up on the Bunsen burner. In the classrooms are books that you can open and write on with pencils. The janitor supplies let you clean grime and dirt wherever they may be found.

I love that you can drag the characters through each room very easily. They are also able to “hold” things and take it with them wherever they go. I also love that all three PlayHome apps connect with each other in-app. Characters can walk outdoors to get to school. the stores, and back home. I have also found this app to be an excellent tool to elicit speech with my son who has autism, It helps him with work on his articulation and conversation skills.

The only thing I can think of that is missing in the school is a gymnasium and perhaps a music room with different kinds of instruments. Still, I love it the way it is and I give it my highest recommendation. If your children love doll houses, then they are going to absolutely love My PlayHome School.

My PlayHome School

My PlayHome School
My PlayHome School
by PlayHome Software Ltd

Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPadWifi-iPadWifi, iPad3G-iPad3G, iPodTouchThirdGen-iPodTouchThirdGen, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 197.68 MB

$2.99USD

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.


Crazy Gears by Seven Academy – Review



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Kids are naturally curious and want to explore the things around them. If we can provide them with fun activities that build on their interest in their environment, we can nurture an early interest in science as a means to understanding how the world works. One major topic that kids learn in school is simple machines like gears, pulleys and levers. Once they understand how these work, they will begin to see that the same physics can be found everywhere – in our bodies, in everyday objects and not just in complex machines.

What we love…

The cool mechanism where a new puzzle slides out as you solve a puzzle.

What we’d love to see…

Brief learning points for kids at appropriate points in the game.

Summary

Crazy Gears is a great physics puzzle app for exploring about gears, chains, rods and pulleys, and investigating how they work together. Challenging for children and fun for adults.

Our Rating

Crazy Gears by Seven Academy is a great app to jumpstart your kids’ interest and future success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). With 61 levels of physics puzzles, it provides kids (from kindergarten to lower elementary levels) with lots of opportunities to explore how gears, chains, rods and pulleys work, and how to use them together to solve new puzzles.

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Each level of the game is a unique puzzle that challenges kids to manipulate the given mechanical parts to build a mechanism that will effectively pull the next level of puzzle out. The first level starts off very easily where you just need to secure the chain to the rotating wheel. This shows you the main objective of the whole game, that is to build a mechanism that will transfer the motion from the motorized wheel/gear to the hook that is attached to the next level of puzzle.

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More and more mechanical parts are added in subsequent levels but each time a new part is added, the game takes players through a few puzzles so that they can get to know how to use this new item effectively. Kids will learn from observation the basic properties of these items and how they work together, e.g. how gears rotate in opposite directions of each other when they are used together and how different sizes of gears have different rates of rotation.
 

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The puzzles get more interesting as they get more tricky. Some times, some of the mechanical parts are movable and you need to position them in order to get the best effect. At other times, you find that you have additional items that you don’t need at all, they are there only to confuse you.

 
 

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As players advance through the levels, they learn to formulate their own strategies to solve the puzzles e.g. for me, I would connect the chain to the hook first, then find the driver gear to see how it can be connected to the hook. Next, I would observe which of the parts are movable and finally construct a mechanism that have the gears, chains, rods and pulleys working together to pull out the next level. But now and then, players will encounter a new challenge that requires them to think out of the box and come up with a new strategy. This game is great for encouraging systematic and creative problem solving skills as well.

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Gears as a simple machine, play an important role in our daily lives but we often don’t realize their significance. This app has a wonderful reference section for parents and teachers on the different properties of the items featured in this app (gears, rods, chains, pulleys, hook and wheel) and where we can find them. I’m positive that kids will be fascinated by these information if presented to them in a kid-friendly way. Included in this reference section are some conversation starters about gravity, friction and tension, and how you can use the different components in Crazy Gears to explain these abstract science concepts. Signing up for a free acccount will also allow you to create up to 40 student profiles, each with real-time progress monitoring.

Overall, Crazy Gears is a refreshingly differrent app that gives younger children an early exposure to simple physics and with guidance from adults, I hope they will begin to enjoy science and continue to be curious about the world around them.

Crazy Gears Official Trailer from Seven Academy on Vimeo.

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Crazy Gears

Crazy Gears Crazy Gears by EDOKI ACADEMY
Category: Education, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 103.56 MB

$2.99USD

 

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Robot School. Learn to Code by Next is Great – Review and Giveaway




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What we love…

Highly educational, entertaining, simple and easy to understand

What we’d love to see…

Parental lock for profiles

Summary

An excellent app that entertains and teaches children programming in the Swift language

Our Rating

Robot School. Learn to CodeRobot School, by Next Is Great, teaches children programming (Swift) in a very entertaining and innovative way.  Robbie the Robot wants to go home, but he cannot do so without a ton of energy.  He needs children to program him so that he can get to all the energy-rich batteries without crashing or getting stuck in anything.

 

There is a whopping total of 45 levels in this app.  The first level and every fifth level is a tutorial and teaches one program variable type at a time.  For example, the first level teaches the variable type “move” which programs the robot to move forward.  Children are given a step by step demonstration on how it is done.  The next 3 levels following a tutorial level gives children a chance to practice writing a program on their own using the variable type they just learned.  There are nine variable types taught in Robot School.  The higher the level, the more difficult or complex the programming gets.  If children run into any difficulties in programming Robbie, there is a help button that reveals one line of code at a time.

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Learning how to program is exciting, but watching it in action is where the real fun begins,  After writing their program, children get to watch Robbie follow their instructions.  Each line of code lights up as Robbie executes it.  I think this is my favorite part of Robot School because being able to see exactly which line of code Robbie is following when he does something helps make it easier to understand how the variable types work.

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After successfully mastering a variable type, Robbie is rewarded with a new equipment (collision sensor, color sensor, etc.) to help him in retrieving the batteries.  These equipments add to the fun and are used to teach certain variable types.

 

In this app, programming is done by using a simple drag and drop action.  Obviously, this is not the way computer programs are normally written.  Programmers generally type each line of code.  With a press of a button, children can view their program as it is written in the actual programming language.  This feature is fantastic specially for those who are more serious about learning how to program in the Swift language.

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Several user profiles can be created in Robot School, making it perfect for both home and classroom use.   Profiles include progress reports, allowing parents and teachers to see what children have learned.  I think this is a great feature.  However, I would like it to be accessible only to parents and teachers, specially since profiles can be accidentally deleted by children.

 

I truly envy children who are able to learn programming with Robot School.  My first experience in programming was in high school, and all our program did was have the computer find the sum of two numbers.  Programming a robot to move is a lot more fun.  My children and I love this app and I highly recommend it.

Robot School. Learn to Code – Next is Great


Robot School. Programming For Kids Robot School. Programming For Kids by Next is Great

Price: $3.99 USD

Robot School. Programming For Kids is a programming game suitable for children aged 7 and above. 

*** Winner of 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
*** ""Of all the programming related games .

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Fides and her husband have been married for 16 years. They homeschool their 4 children: two amazing sons and two beautiful daughters. Fides likes to walk and jog outdoors everyday and has as very difficult time resisting a slice of paradise cake.

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