Appy New Year from Speechie Apps: My Top 10 Apps of 2014

10537900_10101501552134624_704772621593102184_oAppy 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…

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Soundable

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.

App: Soundable – Spell Words with Sounds

What It Is: A Scrabble/crossword-like app, but instead of building words with letters, you build them with phonemes/sounds (IPA or phonics). By both Tactus Therapy Solutions and LessonPix.

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Speech Cards Professional

App: Speech Cards Professional

What It Is: A flashcards app with customizable text and image by RWH Technology.

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“Talk Like a Pirate Day” Apps

Ahoy, mateys! I be writin’ a blog message fer ye ’bout apps to use on Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day! (Translation: Oh boy, who the heck convinced me to do this?!) Kookoo bananas Bill Binko ‘o LessonPix shanghai’d a few ‘o us bloggers to do pirate-themed posts to celebrate ’tis “holiday,” so here’s me best spin on it. (Thanks postlikeapirate.com for the goofy pirate talk translations.) This post is a bit different than my usual, but I’m hoping it’ll give y’all some fun ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day on 9/19! If you’re one of those scoundrel SLPs that loves to get kids hyped up then send them on their way, this post (and holiday in general) is for you! I’m going to discuss three apps: one new (to me) pirate-themed one and two that I’ve already reviewed but am adding a “pirate twist” to. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions or other pirate-themed ideas!

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GIVEAWAY: LessonPix!

LessonPix has generously donated a one-year subscription (worth $24.99) to their website for one of my lucky readers! One of the things that struck me when I was reviewing their site was how I would never be able to include all the possible ways their product could be used by SLPs/SLTs/SLP2Bs. While I included quite a few, I want to hear YOUR perspective on how you could use LessonPix. The point is to give future readers more ideas. To enter, simply leave a comment under my LessonPix review. You could include thought on what material(s) you think would be most effective, what goals you could work on, your favorite feature that the site offers, suggestions for how the site could improve, etc. Some guidelines…

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LessonPix

I am branching out a little with this review, since LessonPix is an online tool not an app; however, I’m completely convinced that it will still be worth my readers’ time! Obviously, I love what tablets and phones can do in therapy–after all, I do devote hours each week to evaluating apps and sharing them with others. But I readily admit that sometimes an app just won’t do it. Sometimes an app isn’t available for a particular skill, or sometimes using a tablet/phone isn’t appropriate with a particular client, or sometimes it’s important that a different medium be used (e.g. when focusing on skills that require manipulation of a physical object). And sometimes *gasp* there is an app that could address a skill appropriately, but it’s not the best way to address it. Shocking, right? Of course not, because you are all wonderful critical thinkers who long ago realized that the iPad is an awesome tool, not a panacea. That said, the unfortunate thing about many non-app activities is how time-consuming lesson planning/preparing can become. Hopefully this review will help you make the process more efficient. Oh…and did I forget to mention there is a GIVEAWAY accompanying this review?? 😉 See the giveaway post for details on how to enter to win.

What It Is: An online tool for creating customized materials from an extensive clipart library.

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