Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden

I’ve been neglecting you Android users lately, so I wanted to share a little love and tell you about a relatively new app that works on both Android and Apple operating systems! It’s also one of the few kids’ apps available on Google Play to measure up to what is available on iOS, in my oh-so-humble opinion. 🙂

App: Dr. Panda’s Veggie Garden (Android) (Apple) (Amazon)

What It Is: An app for growing fruits and veggies in an interactive garden by TribePlay.

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#ASHA12 Survival Guide: Apps Edition

With just over a week until the #ASHA12 Convention, I am starting to calmly pull everything together in an organized fashion. Read: I AM FREAKING OUT!!! There are about 101 things I need to do before I leave, and then there are another 202 things to do when I arrive! I’ve listed my top ten apps I am using to help me through the chaos. Almost all of them are available on both Apple and Android (or give suitable alternatives), and almost all of them are free.

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ezPDF Reader

Recently, one of my tech idols, Speech Techie aka SLP Sean Sweeney aka iDevice guru, has been writing about using PDFs for therapy purposes. He has covered about a million uses for Apple users, from annotating ASHA handouts to making story maps. Since Sean has focused mainly on ways to use PDFs on the iPad, I wanted to offer an alternative for Android users while branching off with a few ideas of my own. This app is actually available for Apple as well, but I’ll be focusing on how it can be used for Android. The process for obtaining and storing PDFs on an Android device is a little different than the one he explained for iDevices, so I will briefly explain that as well.

App: ezPDF Reader (Android) (Apple)

What It Is: An app for reading and annotating portable document format (PDF) files by Unidocs.

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Dr. Panda, Teach Me!

Another app that Android users can download, too! I’ve gotten a few great suggestions for Android apps, but if any readers have any more, comment below or email me. I’m always open to more ideas for using with adults or children!

App: Dr. Panda, Teach Me! – Fun Educational App for Kids (Apple Version) (Android Version)

What It Is: Minigames set within an interactive scene by TribePlay.

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Dr. Panda’s Hospital

To appease the masses, I’ve found an app for both Android and Apple users! Actually, I originally wrote this review after finding it on Google Play and didn’t realize until later that it was also available on iTunes! I was very excited that all of my readers could benefit from this one. Also, I had mentioned to a few of you that I found some Android apps similar to the Toca Boca ones on iDevices–Dr. Panda’s Hospital is definitely one of those. While this app is based on an animal hospital, the game’s set-up is quite similar to Toca Doctor. Here are my thoughts on it:

What It Is: An app for “playing vet” and healing hurt/sick animals by TribePlay.

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Create a Car

So that my Apple readers don’t get TOO jealous of my new addition of Android reviews, here’s a review of a fun and inexpensive app for iDevices. I’m actually quite excited about this app because the developer just added new content that bumps it up from “good” to “great!” Also, this is another app for those “three T” (trucks, tractors, & trains)-obsessed boys and girls since there are quite a few vehicles to choose from–including trucks and tractors!

What It Is: A game for designing (and then driving) vehicles by ABCya.com.

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Going Both Ways

That’s right…Speechie Apps now officially goes both ways. Expect to start seeing a beautiful balance of reviews for both Apple AND Android apps, ‘cuz I just ordered the Nexus 7 tablet from Google!!! This, of course, was a selfless act of love for my lovely Android #slpeeps. It has nothing–nothing–to do with my intense need for a device that allows for customization (widgets! home screen launchers! NO NEWSSTAND APP THAT WON’T HIDE IN A FOLDER!). No, dear readers, I did this solely for you. Because you are awesome. (And no worries, Apple readers–I still have my iPhone and iPad.) Anyway, enough of this mushy talk! Comment and let me know what apps (or types of apps) for Android I should be reviewing first!