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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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20130328-110728.jpgKids 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:

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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.20130328-110944.jpg

Additional activities can include:

  1. Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
  2. Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
  3. 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 🙂

 

 

 

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

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