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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.

QR Jump

Free for iPhone and iPad

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.

        

 

AR Overlays

Free for iPad

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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Pic-A-Boo is available for iPad

 

Speech Therapy on the Fly

Sorry for the delay between posts! I figured the last week of February would be as good a time as any for my first post of 2013, so without further ado here is:  Speech Therapy on the Fly

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The use of apps have made the lives of speech-language pathologists and special educators around the world much easier. Well unless you have a parent hand you an iPad and say please program my child’s AAC app, depending on who you are you might run in the other direction! New apps are released daily and it’s almost impossible to keep track of them, heck it’s almost impossible to keep track of the apps I have on my iPad. We really need something better than a “folder” that holds only 20 apps don’t you think ?? Anyway let me get to the point of this post! I have been using a few apps lately that allow me to create on the fly and go with the flow of  some of my moody clients or Appdapt with another app or to a pen and paper type program. Here are 3  great examples:

Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass  $2.99 in the App store available for iPhone and iPad

Puppet Pals as been around a while and there is actually a Puppet Pals 2 that came out recently, however I still prefer the first version because you are able to use your whole body in the scene whereas Puppet Pals 2 you are only capable of using your head.  So with this app you can quickly add a background scene and place virtually any characters in your scene.  You then record your scene by moving your character around as the app records your voice and your character’s movements. You can see by the picture below  that my client is really into dinosaur and enjoyed making the dinosaur eat him.

Director's Pass allows you to take pictures from your photo roll and narrate a "play" about them.

Director’s Pass allows you to take pictures from your photo roll and narrate a “play” about them.

PicCollage – free for iPhone and iPad

PicCollage is a fabulous app that has lots of applications for therapy. The purpose of this app is to create collages using pictures from your camera roll and the web.  The web search on this app is one of the most useful features you can literally add anything that comes to a client’s mind and instantly crop and add it to the collage.

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The picture above is the start screen when opening PicCollage. You can see the options included which are: capturing a picture, adding a photo, photo from web, adding text, and adding stickers. Some stickers like hats or sunglasses are free but most you have to purchase. I quickly started using this app to pair with other apps. For example I have been using Rainbow Sentences by Mobile Education Store to focus on sentence structure with some of my clients. While using the Rainbow Sentences App I take screenshots of some of the sentences my clients were successful with and then use the screenshots in PicCollage. Here is an example:

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 As you can see the screen shot is the background image from Rainbow Sentences. I took a picture of my client, cropped her body out and inserted it into the collage. I then searched for roller skates and a helmet having my client request the type that she wanted. These were then cropped and placed on the picture to give the illusion that she is wearing skates and a helmet. Finally I searched for word bubbles and inserted that in as well with the text.  So I was able to seamlessly transition to another activity but still working on the previous goals all while keeping my client motivated by having her personalize the picture.

Another use for PicCollage is with my older clients that I am using Nanci Bell’s  Verbalizing and Visualizing. If you are unfamiliar with the program I recommend that you check it out. It focuses on having children create a whole image or a “gestalt” from auditory information and from printed material to improve their comprehension. I have been using this app at the Word Imaging and Sentence Imaging stages. As we work on images and sentences we are able to use this app to create virtually any sentence on the fly.  For example we were working on the known noun “Christmas tree” and created a sentence “The girl is decorating the Christmas tree.”  Naturally when asked what does this make you picture? my client simply repeated the sentence back to me without being able to actually visualize what the sentence meant to him. So in comes PicCollage to the rescue. Within in a few minutes we had this picture visualized as he explained each portion of the picture to me.

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Notability $1.99 on Sale Now!

I originally got this app to use during conferences and workshops because you can upload handouts and write or record voice directly onto them. You are able to integrate handwriting with typing and recording to make taking notes easy. This app can also be used on the fly. I recently started working with a client that had moved out-of-state and only comes to the clinic while she is in town visiting. We were focusing on her /r/ sound and since she would only be seeing me for  a short period I wanted something that she could take with her back home. Using Notability we typed and drew on the screen as we discussed the type of approach we were going to use to work on her /r/ sound.  We then took some pictures of her tongue placement to remind her of what good and not so good placement looks like.   I then printed it out and sent it home with her.20130226-211032.jpg

Halloween App Giveaway!

My recent post on Appdapted: Halloween Themed Apps was a tremendous success. Thank you to all my followers as well as a big thanks to those of you that re-posted it on twitter, Facebook, Pinterest , and their own blogs. A few of the developers that I posted about saw the post  and were happy to offer apps for a giveaway.

is offering copies of First Words Halloween.

was nice enough to offer copies of three of their awesome titles. These titles include:

To Enter the Giveaway Simply:

1) Comment on what app you would like and why

2) Re-post, share, tweet, or pin the link to the giveaway


Updated List 10/21/12 10 Days till Halloween

Halloween is going to be here before we know it, so spend some time now and stock up on some great quality Halloween themed apps!  I have always enjoyed working on Halloween themed activities throughout the month of October and I now really enjoy having my clients  interact with Halloween themed apps. I know some you school SLPs out there aren’t allowed to call these activities “Halloween themed” and usually have to go with “Fall Festival” or use some other workaround title.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of 21 Apps to use for Halloween. Some of them have a direct Halloween theme and others are themed around  spooky or scary things. Keep an eye out for the apps that are labeled HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as these will be of immediate use to you in your therapy sessions.

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1) Halloween Shelf   – Free  (5 years and up)

This is a fun little app that is essentially a soundboard. You can use it for cause and effect, predicting, etc… My favorite us of it and do this with other sound board apps is to use it for sound effects.   I have some of my higher functioning clients write a scary story and then read it and use the soundboard like an “old timey” radio show. They really enjoy hitting the sound effects and then listening to a recording of their story.

2) iBlower Series: Magic Halloween – Free (Toddler and up)  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is pretty cool cause and effect app because you are able to activate the animations using your hands, voice, or by blowing into the mic. The blowing into the mic feature is neat because you can have some lower functioning kiddos interacting with the app as well or even higher functioning if you want to work on some production of lip rounding or just work on basic imitation skills.

3) Monster Mash Lite Free (Toddler and Up)

Working on describing skills? This app allows you to create monsters with a different head, torso, and legs. This can be a fun app to use in a barrier type game, where the child creates their monster and the therapist has to then draw the monster based on the child’s description of it.

4) Monster Booth Free ( Middle School and Up)

This app is definitely for the older kids as it is slightly gross and contains aspects of blood and gore. You take a picture of the person you want to turn into a monster and then apply the overlays. Perhaps you can turn it into a what do you want to before Halloween game? So if you have some older middle school students and above this might be a great app to use if they can handle it without laughing and not being mature.

5) Treat Street $.99 ( Toddler and UpHIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is a fabulous app if you want to work on role-playing skills or just practice saying “trick or treat”. To play, you dress your character up in their costume and then head out down your street ringing the door bell or knocking on the door. The door opens and you get a treat for your bag. You are also able to monitor the treats in your bag as you go along in the game and can practice sorting skills at the end of the game by sorting all the treats in the bag.

6)  Carve-A-Pumpkin from Parents MagazineFree (Toddler and up)  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The app store as a bunch of carver your own pumpkin apps but I like this one the best. You are able to carve both free hand or use templates .

7) Monster Me Free ( Toddler and Up)

Monster Me is a pretty cool Augmented Reality App that has a mad scientist feel to it.  You line up your head on-screen with the guidelines and click play and virtual mask is overlay-ed over your face.  You can change your eyes, nose, and mouth while wearing the mask or have fun and click randomized for a totally mad creation!!!

8) Ask Ya Mummy Free  ( Elementary and up)

Working on answering “yes” and “no” questions? Is it boring  and tedious? Well invite a Mummy into your therapy session.  Ask Ya Mummy randomly answers questions you ask with a “yes” or a “no”. You can have fun by have the child gauge if the mummy was ”right” or “wrong” when answering the question.  The app can also be used as a soundboard as well.

9) Peek a boo Trick or Treat $1.99 (Toddler) iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle, Android  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

Night and Day studios have a fun series of Peek A Boo apps and this is their latest edition.  Knocking on the door causes it to open revealing 1 of 14 Halloween themed characters. The only thing I don’t really like is the fact that you are knocking on the door and finding a character and it should really be the other way around. You should be answering the door to greet one of the characters. It’s cute and fun nonetheless!

10) My Monster Voice Free  (Toddler and Up)  iPad

Want to sound like a monster?  This app comes with 3 preset high pitch monsters, 2 low pitch monsters, and a custom setting.  Select your monster, record your message, and hit play and start laughing at how silly the voice sounds.

11) Go Away Big Green Monster! $2.99 ( Toddler and Up)  iPad HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

I am sure you have used this at some point with a felt board activity or just reading the book, as this book as been around for quite some time. It offers a treasure trove of possible activities from just working on the word “go”, parts of the face,  to describing activities.  Just Google “Go Away Big Green Monster! activities” and you’ll see what I mean.

12) Halloween Card Creator- Free (Elementary and up)  iPad

A fun free app that allows you to make Halloween Cards! Lots of fonts, clip art, and various other customizations  Start creating your Halloween card today and share it via e-mail or Facebook!

13) What was I scared of?  By Dr Seuss $1.99 (Elementary and up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

A fun story about “fear” and how to handle it.  Typical Dr. Seuss rhyming pattern through the book supports good phonemic awareness.  Great to work on picture and word associations as well.

14) Spooky Playtime $2.99 (Toddler and Up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

This is one of my favorite Halloween apps. It has lots of fun mini games!! They include: Junk Food Zombie- feed the zombies and help improve their eating habits, Bat Cave- sound recognition, Haunted House- a memory and matching game, Pumpkin Patch- counting skills, Spooky Forest- candy shape and color matching, Billy Bones- fine motor and shape recognition, Sylvia’s Spider Web- letter andnumber recognition.

15) First Words Halloween $1.99 (Pre-k and up) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This app is based on the successful First Words Apps. I like this app because you can work by letter name or phonics and pre-select the amount of letters you want in each word. It’s useful to target CVC word for articulation or simply target some fall themed vocabulary!

16) Clicky Stick Halloween $.99 (Toddler and Up) iPad  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This app is based on the award-winning app Clicky Sticky. This app will allow you to create a visual scene using “stickers” and then animate it using the play button. It’s lots of fun and can be used to enhance describing and vocabulary skills.


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17)  Guess Who I am!  Halloween Monsters Edition– Free HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

This is a fun twist on the classic Guess Who but with monsters. What’s nice is that the app offers the options of what questions to ask like ” Does your monster have wings?” etc.. So works great if you are working on asking questions or describing skills!  These prompts are also available for the regular version of Guess Who I am where people are involved.

18) Mystery Machine- Lite -Free  iPad HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 

 

This app is lots of fun. You essentially are a Mad Scientist who has created a mystery machine that creates all sorts of gross things and monsters. You have different ingredients you add to the machine three at a time and what you get is a mystery!  I can see this game being used for targeting working memory where you give the child a recipe i.e.  Eye ball, Frog, and Pumpkin and they have to remember it.

19) Mask Doodle– $.99 iPhone and iPad

This app is developed by the same developers that brought you Cookie Doodle which is another fun app. What cool about this app is that once you create your mask you are able to print it out. You can even target some fine motor by having the child cut out the mask.

20) Mask Jumble– $.99 iPhone and iPad

Here is another mask making app but this time the fun is not printing it out like in Mask Doodle but by using augmented reality to wear your mask. I use their other mask game called Mask Jumble Animals that has a free and paid version in case you wanted to check out how the app works.  Lots of fun possibilities for describing or role playing with this one!

21) Henry’ s Spooky Headlamp– $.99  iPad

 

Another fun app for building Halloween vocabulary and based on the Henry’s Headlamp series. You play as Henry wearing his headlamp in the dark and you have to search the darkness with your lamp for items like a skeleton, bat, pumpkin, etc…

 

I hope you enjoyed the updated list and that you find these apps useful for therapy!  Thanks!

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