Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Articulate it by Smarty Ears- App Review and Updates

This April 2013, the developers at Smarty Ears updated their articulation/ phonological drill app, which was first released three years ago.  Before I review the updates, let's take a look at the app itself, just in case you have not had a chance to peek at this little gem;)

Taking in from the top, the first screen you would encounter will look like this:

If you want to set up some profiles for players that you need to collect data on, then proceed to the "SELECT PLAY" tab in the bottom center of the screen.  You will be brought to this screen where you can select "ADD NEW":

If you want, you can use an Avatar or photo image from your library.  You can also upload profiles via the, Therapy Report Center.  You can select up to SIX players at one time!  This is like a dream come true, especially for us school based SLPs that typically have speech groups with a mix of articulation and phonological processes!

Next, you will need to select from the following:

You'll notice at the bottom of Ally's screen shot that I am given an option to not only select previous targets, but also those specific targets are listed ( in case my brain fried and I forgot which ones she is working on this quarter!)

Here are some images for the screens that follow selection of each of the above topics:

I love how you can customize this app!  I don't think I'll ever use flashcards again!!  Notice how you can even select the number of syllables that you need to address: this is a new feature.

Another convenient feature is that you can select word, phrase, or sentence levels for targets without having to go back to the setting and reset everything!  One of the recent updates was the addition of the phrase level.

As always, there is a "SUPPORT" tab that opens links to tutorials, more apps, and much more!

Be sure to take a look at the "SETTINGS" tab.  Here you can switch a variety of features "on" or "off".    One that I particularly liked was the "Move to next on touch."  If you turn this "off", then you will need to manually move to the next picture.  This allows for much needed practice with a target that may have been missed the first time.

The updated version also has a brand new report format, making it easier to see and track data.

I highly recommend this app if you are in need of something to use with your small, speech groups!  It will make your life so much easier!

The generous developers at Smarty Ears provided me a code to review this app.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are solely mine.

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