Here are some great new FREE apps to add your iPad toolbox. I am discussing QR (quick response) codes and AR in this post because I feel they are closely related. With all AR and QR apps there is some up front “programming” time that has to be spent. What I mean by “programming time” is that you will have to take some time to link the QR codes to physical link or content that live somewhere on the web or iPad. Once this upfront work is done you can create some fun activities for any type of client you are working with. So let’s jump right in and check out these apps.
This is a QR scanning app with a twist. It is designed specifically for classroom use and is the first app that I have come across that links physical content on your iPad to a QR code. You are able to link a QR code to a song/audio or video that is located on your iPad. You can see where this could come in handy when working with students with varying abilities.
The setup for linking your song/audio and video is fairly simply:
1) Make sure your song/audio is synced to your iTunes library
2) Head over to your favorite QR generator ( I recommend http://qrcode.kaywa.com/) and create a text QR Code with the word “audio” in front of the file name, which would look like this “audio Old MacDonald”
3) The song/audio should begin to play automatically.
I had a bit more trouble with getting the video to work properly. I played around with a few different video formats however when linked the app states that it can not locate the video. So I will continue to play around and post any updates I get it working. In the mean time if you want to link videos just create a QR code with a YouTube video link and QR Jump will open it up for you.
QR Jump can also be used to open links, text, and pictures. The difference with this app and other QR scanners is that your content w opens up within the app itself and does not open up say a new Safari or YouTube window. This is helpful by keeping everything in one place as you can enable Guided Access and lock the user in the app. The following pictures are examples of using QR Jump with a picture URL, YouTube link, and plain text.
If read Part One to this post you will remember that I discussed the app Aurasma which is very similar to AR Overlays but as Sarah Ward would say “they are the same but different”. Aurasma and AR Overlays allows users to create real-time overlays to be applied when you scan an image. Unlike Aurasma, AR Overlay doesn’t allow video or animations, however it does allow for free drawing, texts, and stickers to be added to your picture once you scan it. Let’s take a look at an example of what this looks like.
AR Overlays seems to be a little less technically and pairing the picture to the overlay that you would like. Here is an example of using a SuperDuper If … Then… card. If you have used these cards before they can be a little cheesy and somewhat boring so pairing them with an AR Overlay can make them a little more appealing for those reluctant children out there.
To add an overlay here are the steps:
1) Make sure the image is visible int he view finder and tap on the Green PLUS.
2) Crop the image area.
3) Now you can add text, images, and stickers to your image!
Here is another use for the app. In the picture below I used it to identify the correct answers on a worksheet. I simply circled the correct answers using the draw feature.
Pic-A-Boo is a free app by Pic-A-Boo Baby that offers a fun twist on peek-a-boo. At first glance this app is inline with other similar peek-a-boo apps out there like the Peek-a-Boo series by Night & Day Studios. The premise of Pic-A-Boo is simple, you tap on the screen and you reveal the object hiding behind the hands, barn door, blanket, or doll house.
The game comes free with Cute Animals and Happy Robots to play pic-a-boo with. The remaining pictures are available as a in-app purchase of $1.99 and include over 40 images in 6 different sets of fun peekaboo games including farm and zoo animals with real sounds, illustrated eggs in a variety of uniforms, happy robots, illustrated animals and sweet stars.
The best part of the app, which is included as part of the in-app purchases, is the ability to import your own and create your own “Boos”. With the ability to import your own pictures you are free to change it up a bit and target pronouns by adding pictures of yourself , family members, and the child as well as working on things like verbs or articulation.
The ability to record your voice is somewhat limited as you are only able to record the sound that plays each time the object that is hiding is revealed which could be fun for younger children.
Pictured below are some examples of some CVC words to play a fun game of Pic-A-Boo!!
Kids Vehicles 1: Interactive Fire Truck, $1.99, is a 3D interactive App by 22 learn available for iPad and iPhone. It similar to other interactive apps out there as you are able to drive the truck, put out fires, and learn about fire truck vocabulary. The one twist with this app is the augmented reality feature which allows you to virtually drive the fire truck around in your environment. This of course opens lots of doors for use in speech therapy!
This pictures show the fire rescue mini game:
The next thing you want to do is set up your environment to use with the augmented reality. In this example we were driving around and searching for the fire. It was hidden around the room. On chairs, under tables, and in lots of other silly places. (The disclaimer here obviously is to make sure you are working with a client that understands fire safety.) We then worked on his sentence structure as he is one of those kiddos that tends to leave out “the”, “is”, and “a/an” in his sentences. He had to hide the fire and then explain to me over our walkie talkies exactly where it was.
Additional activities can include:
Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
Targeting narrative skills by having the child tell the story about how the saved the day.
Be creative and have fun!
Please feel free to comment on any other ideas you have for using this app 🙂
Halloween is a great time of year to work on a variety of language enhancing activities, hence my last past of the top Halloween apps to use in therapy. Be it simple describing of costumes to spooky narratives there are many goals that can be targeted while using the Halloween theme. Below are two cool apps that can be incorporated to focus on such concepts as Colors and Numbers (quantity). You can include them into your Halloween candy sorting routine! They also do not have to be limited to Halloween activities and can be incorporated into any type of sorting or counting activities.
Color Me Pete–
Color Me Pete is an augmented reality coloring book app. The premise is that colors have gone missing from Pete’s coloring page and you have to go search for them. You search for them by finding like colored objects and holding them up to the camera on your iOS device. You tap on the object and you can use that color to “recolor” Pete on his coloring page. This app is fun to create a scavenger hunt game during your therapy session or for basic color discrimination. In the paid version there is an easy and difficulty mode included. The easy mode pictured below gives you the word and color prompt when asking ” Find me Yellow” etc… and the difficult mode takes away these prompts. Find the colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Brown, Gray and Black. ( The lite version only offers 3 colors).
You can use this app to sort through your Halloween candy and work on identifying colors of the different wrappers 🙂
Flexible Counter will be fun to use when counting your candy. It supports up to 8 counters with user-selected images, label text, and colors. So you can decide on counting your candy by color or go ahead and take pictures of the candy, like in the example below, and see how many of your favorites you have. Save and load up to 5 different layouts. It works in either portrait or landscape mode.