Friday, December 19, 2014

Top List of Recommended Apps That Show Actions **UPDATED DECEMBER 2014**

Discussion Topic: Apps That Show Actions

Audience: Anyone looking for an app that shows actions with animation or videos, instead of a still picture

Top Recommended Apps: ABC Actions, Speech with Milo: Verbs, Language Lab Verbs & Prepositions, I Spell My Words

Continue reading for the specific discussion question and the list of ideas. **UPDATED December 2014 with additional apps!**

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Amy wrote: Do you know of any app that teach verbs using animated or real life movement? I have found lots of apps that show a still picture of "jumping", "running" etc but never one that shows the movement. I find it is hard for some students to learn about verbs without there being actual movement.

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** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There are also ads and social network links in some of these apps. Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All apps that we post as free are verified to be free at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.** 
iPractice Verbs
by Smarty Ears

iPractice Verbs is an app developed to help children learn and practice basic English verbs in a variety of levels (word, phrase, sentence) and tense forms (present, present progressive & past tense). iPractice Verbs was designed by a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist to serve as a tool for children with language delays and as a tool for children and adults learning English as a second language.


$9.99, iPad/iPhone

Key Word Kids 
by Language And Learning Steps Pty.Ltd

Key Word Kids is an educational therapy program app, supporting children's language development by increasing their understanding of instructions through Key Words. As a child visits various scenes, they must listen, retain information from increasingly complex sentences, and act out instructions to improve their language comprehension skills.

Limited time SALE $11.99! iPad only

ABC Actions
by Peapod Labs

Recommended by Tamara and Rachel from Smart Apps for Special Needs
5 Stars from Rachel H.

Time to learn those fun action words! We challenged ourselves to use our award-winning ABC Series to teach children about verbs and action words through sight, sound & touch.

Our app development framework: entice, explore, play, learn, and extend tries to make learning fun and effective. We use images, videos, interactions, and sounds to bring words to life and give them a clear meaning for the kids.

If you would like to download ABC Actions ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



Eggzoo
by CJ Educations

Recommended by Tamara from Smart Apps for Special Needs

Eggzoo was developed based on the representative method for teaching language to children – Total Physical Response (TPR). Kids touch or speak a word, and the characters instantly act it out, bringing on an easy and effective learning experience. Meaningful interactions with the animal characters can also help kids foster their intellectual and emotional development.

If you would like to download Eggzoo (FREE, iPad Only ), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:


Speech with Milo: Verbs
by Doonan Speech Therapy

Recommended by Sarah from Smart Apps for Special Needs and Lauren

Features:
•Used in therapy for children with special needs, such as: Autism / Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, cognitive delays, speech and language delays.
•Fun and affordable
•Milo, an animated mouse, keeps children interested and motivated to learn.
•Instructions for Speech Therapists and Parents (in English only)
•Verb is spoken as the action is completed to reinforce action with auditory input. There is an option to turn this feature off.
•Written verb is displayed at the bottom of the screen to reinforce reading skills.
•Phrase button allows child to listen to a sentence using the verb.
•Milo takes a break every once in a while with some cheese and a dance. The child gets to feed Milo some cheese and watch him dance as a reward for his/her hard work.
•You may customize the actions that Milo performs.

If you would like to download Speech with Milo: Verbs ($2.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



First Phrases
by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Recommended by Beverly

How you play: Tell the cute animals what to do! By touching the illustrated parts of the phrases in order (verb+ object forms: “eat the carrot”) the child hears the pre-recorded spoken phrase modeled. The user has the option to repeat this action once, twice or three times in the settings for maximum auditory input.

The child then watches the animal of their choice (bear, mouse or cat) perform the command to help associate the words with their meaning. Now it’s the child’s turn to say it and tell the animal what to do! Touch the microphone and record, listen again, and watch the animal follow your direction. Use the optional visual support to help your child remember what to say!


If you would like to download First Phrases ($15.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:


Lite Version



Pogg
by Ricky Vuckovic

Recommended by Cheryl

Pogg is a fun iPhone and iPad educational game for young children, as well as a proven useful tool in kids' language development. It stars Pogg, a little green alien who can do all sorts of things.

Pogg is built on the open question, “What should Pogg do now?”, allowing you to type in whatever you like, and Pogg will most likely be able to do it – type in “run” and he’ll go for a run… type in “cook” and he cooks!

You can also watch all of Pogg’s actions through Picture Mode, which presents each action as an easy to press icon.


If you would like to download Pogg ($0.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



TenseBuilder
by Mobile Education Store

Recommended by Kelly

TenseBuilder is designed to help students learn how to identify and use correct tense forms by playing movie quality animated videos to demonstrate past, present and future tense. 48 video lessons (will expand to 58) are in place to help give students a deeper understanding about the purpose of tense. Special attention is paid to the past tense of irregular verbs.

If you would like to download TenseBuilder (discounted to $2.99, regularly $9.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



Sentence Key
by Computerade Products

Recommended by Beverly

Beginning language learners create a sentence with words or picture symbols, then see the sentence animated!

Suitable for special education needs including AAC users and learners with autism, orthopedic impairment, or language disorders.

Features:
· Select four symbols or words to "write" a sentence.
· 72 possible animated sentences.
· Text and speech in correct grammatical form
· Touch the text below the animation to replay and hear it again.
· Word-by-word highlighting promotes word recognition.
· Choices are color-coded (Yellow-subject, Green-verb, Orange-object)
· User-friendly: no in-app purchases, ads or links.


If you would like to download Sentence Key ($3.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



Language Lab: ing Verbs + Prepositions
by Doonan Speech Therapy

Recommended by Sarah from Smart Apps for Special Needs

This app is designed for individuals who are beginning to use simple sentences. At Stage Three, the person learns to use the smallest units of meaning, called morphemes, to change meaning, such as adding “-ing” to verbs. Phrases and sentences may not sound grammatically correct because helping verbs are not included at this stage. For example, the person might say, “it go” and then begin to say “it going.” A person at Stage Three begins to use the prepositions “in” and “on” in phrases such as “in box” and “on head.” The use of plurals also begins at Stage Three. The mean (average) length of utterance grows to 2.75, with typical phrase ranging from two to three words. 

If you would like to download Language Lab: ing Verbs + Prepositions ($2.99,iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



Fun with Verbs & Sentences
by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development

Recommended by Sarah from Smart Apps for Special Needs

If you loved our First Phrases and Picture the Sentence apps, you’ll love this app too! Fun with Verbs & Sentences is the next step up for children who are learning to speak in sentences, understand past and present verb tensing, and formulate basic syntax structures.

This app is developed for language ages 2-5 with eye-popping color drawings and 266 delightful animations--a cutting-edge way to show and teach action words! For a demonstration of this app, please check out our YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUcYWlJ27yw . 
 

If you would like to download Fun With Verbs & Sentences ($15.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:


Lite version



I Spell MY Words
by ISpellMyWords

Recommended by Julie
Read Heather's featured post.


The key features of ‘I spell MY words’ are high level of customisation and simplicity of use. These enable increased motivation for learning through personal relevance and control of learning environment. ‘I spell MY words’ allows children to build on already established connections with their outside world – a familiar face, favourite toy, basic need, desired place, anything they may be fascinated with. Parents/teachers easily input exactly the right meaningful images and words and so increase the motivation for writing. Learning spelling thus becomes more effective and fun for everyone! 

If you would like to download I Spell MY Words ($3.99, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



Autism Language Learning
by TalkTime Pediatric Speech Academy

Recommended by Megan
4.5 stars from Heather H.

•Developed by a speech-language pathologist
•Uses functional, real-life VIDEO, not still pictures
•Appropriate for children with receptive and expressive language impairments: autism, developmental language delays, Down’s Syndrome, and more…
•Improves functional language use
•Targets 60 actions with 91 novel video clips & 160 total clips start to finish
•Teaches expressive language concepts of verb + ing, singular pronouns + is + ing, plural prounouns + are + ing
•Also great for teaching simple wh questions (who, what, where), possessive pronouns, and past tense verbs (wait for video to stop playing)
•Data collection of pronouns and verbs


If you would like to download Autism Language Learning ($26.99, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:



ShowMe Stories
by Sid On

Recommended by Sarah from Smart Apps for Special Needs
Featured as a Good Free App of the Day.

Take your child into the magic world of “ShowMe Stories” on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad !
The application includes 30 images in three categories: animals, fairy tales and professions.

Just move your finger on your iPhone/iPad Touch and the next extraordinary picture is presented. 



MAIN FEATURES:
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1. 30 special images with animation
2. 3 categories: animals, fairy tales and professions.
3. Collection of stories with educational content
4. Professional layout and cool design
5. Simple feature - uncover images by movement finger
6. Special feature – attach your images from Photo Library


 If you would like to download Show Me Stories (FREE, iPhone/iPad 2x), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:


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