Appy almost new year from Speechie Apps! We’re getting ready to kick off 2015, but it would be a shame to ignore all the great apps we SLPs used in 2014. To celebrate, YappGuru.com is hosting an “Expert Linky Party” (click to see details) with a great group of app review bloggers from around the world. We’re all sharing our top 10 apps we’ve used and recommended in 2014. This is a brief compilation of the ones I personally have been using and showing the most at work and in presentations over the past year, in no particular order…
To preface this review, I have to say I am just a little biased. I mean, a FREE scrabble-ish game created jointly by one of my favorite app developers and one of my favorite therapy material resources, and specifically for nerdy speech sound geeks like myself? You have to give me a little leeway here – I get a little giddy about how fun this is. But I’ll try to be as objective as possible in this review, even though I know you’ll like it.
Took a couple months off, but it’s time to rejoin Research Tuesday! Time to share and critique more research, thanks to the SLP Blogger challenge set up by Rachel Wynn over at Gray Matter Therapy. I’m re-entering the challenge with a review of an article on using apps in a clinical setting. (Oh, how appropriate.) It also isn’t exactly a research study, but rather a review of the present state of affairs, introduction to current issues, and suggestions for guidelines. It also provides a good overview of the numbers and preliminary research (and lack thereof) that is available.
As you may have seen, the #SLPeeps blew up Twitter (and Facebook and Instagram) last month with the #SLPeepsville “Why You Love Where You Live” photo-of-the-day challenge. Over 250 photos were submitted by over 25 SLPs (and honorary SLPs) all over North America. It was so much fun to see everyone’s choices and how each of you chose to represent where you live. I must say, we got some gorgeous photos out of it, too! Not to mention some ideas for future vacations and roadtrips.
As you may know, I am a huge social media user. I am constantly all over Twitter and Facebook (and blogs, of course), and I dabble in Pinterest, Google+, Reddit, LinkedIn, Instagram………..well, you get the point. Last year, if you had asked me the best way to find and critique good apps, I would have recommended you use a combination of all of these. “Facebook, Twitter, and blogs will be the most useful,” I would have said. “Join the SLPs Talk Apps group on Facebook, start following #SLPeeps on Twitter, and read blogs like Speech Techie and Speaking of Apps.”
While I still use all of these invaluable resources, it’s not incredibly time efficient. On Facebook, the same questions get asked over and over again, there is no organized way to make thorough or consistent recommendations, and although the posts are made by individuals, intentions are not always transparent. Twitter is very fast-paced, and it is hit-or-miss whether people with real knowledge will happen to see your tweet and give you the information you need. Blogs are far more organized and have credible reviews, but that means keeping up with each of them and constantly perusing old material to find the content that you want. Oh, and there are those fantastic app lists that hard-working SLP bloggers have put together, but they typically reflect introductory information, and you usually still need to do plenty more research to determine if the app is worth your purchase. Is anyone else stressed out yet?! Can’t we just have one place to search for apps that brings together all the features we want: organization, credible and verifiable reviews, consistency, community, efficient and various searching methods, and a uniform rating system? Well, perhaps we can… 🙂
It’s that time of year again! You know, the time where the weather warms up and we’re all happy with where we live again. 😉 Oh, and the time where the #SLPeeps start dreaming up photo-of-the-day challenges! This year we’re combining those two things, and Speechie Apps gets to host. What does this have to do with SLPs and technology, you ask? Well, er, it will be a bunch of SLPs increasing camaraderie via technology! And it will be fun. And there will be prizes! So, here’s the deal…
If you haven’t heard, Rachel Wynn over at Talks Just Fine has started a SLP Blogger challenge of sorts! Every second Tuesday, a group of bloggers will share and critique a piece of research. The thought is that we all could stand to read more research and be exposed to research that others find. If you’re an SLP Blogger, head over to Rachel’s blog and email her about participating! The more the merrier. 😀