Hello Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC readers. Shanda and I are happy to review an app by Smarty Ears Apps for you today! This app will become your “go to” app when you need to work on prepositions with your students who are struggling with understanding and how to use prepositions in their speech.
What are prepositions? And what are some of the most common ones used in every day speech? Check out this FREE Twin Speech Preposition poster that can be right clicked and printed off for your own use, for answers to both of those questions:
More about prepositions:
Prepositions tell the “position” of people or things in relation to where other people or things are located. They can show relationships between objects in space (where one thing is in relation to another), and they can show relationships in time (when an event occurred in relation to another event).
Now to begin our review about Prep Positions
Prep Positions by Smarty Ears Apps is an engaging app for teaching students how to better understand and use prepositions.
Prep Positions was created by a certified speech-language pathologist and was developed by Smarty Ears Apps. It joins a family of over 60 terrific educational apps for promoting speech and language skills.
Prep Positions is fun and interactive. The fun comes from the cool circus theme that is found on each page and a cannon ball circus game that can be played if the student works hard and answers their questions!
The app is age-appropriate for a large variety of students form preschool level (the words can be read to them), to the middle school level.
One or more players (up to 5 max) can play the app at the same time and each player can work at his or hers own level while data is kept for each player.
The app can be customized to the level that is most appropriate for each student. There are 15 levels and at least 30 sentences can be tried in each level.
Data can be collected and recorded for a “report card” or transferred to the Smarty Ears App called, “The Therapy Report Center.”
The app only uses clear, quality color pictures that are modern and relatable to today’s students. Also, the voice output is natural and easy to understand.
Here we show how an avatar can be chosen to represent a player and how to modify the settings. Audio for phrases and answers can be turned off and on. A neutral background could be chosen instead of the circus theme that shows elephants and acrobats. You can opt to increase level of prompts, to have auto progression on, and to have the ability to prompt to record off and on. With all of these choices, you can see that this app was designed with many students in mind. The customization is wonderful for students whom benefit from extra visual and verbal prompts and even ones that need a less “busy” background and/or less noise while they work.
If the lower left hand green button is pressed, you are taken to Smarty Ears terrific Therapy Report Center which is a separate free app. It is there that data for each student is kept. This recording area is an option to be used for data storage after each student completes a variety of Smarty Ears apps! Its a great place to keep data to later use for report writing and progress monitoring! In addition,this app collects data and the reports can be printed out! The summary report is very informative and breaks down all of the prepositions worked on by accuracy and date.
This slide shows an example of the questions used in Level 1 of this app and all of the varying levels of difficulty that can be chosen for working on prepositions found in the English language. Prep Positions has 3 groups and a total of 15 levels of play that have up to 30 sentences each. An example of the targets in level 1 include: down, up, on, at and by. And in comparison, preposition targets in level 15 are: because of, close to, depending on, thanks to, and up to.
This slide is showing how questions are presented. Three choices are provided. The student I was working with was having difficulty reading so we opted to have the sentences and choices read to him and he chose the correct answer and drug it up to the line finish the sentence. Afterwards, we practiced his verbal expression skills by repeating the completed sentence aloud. This app gives the student the opportunity to record their own voice and then to play it back. I am an advocate for using the SEE, SAY and HEAR teaching style to increase understanding and recall. This app has all three! The student gets to see/read the questions and word choices, say/record the completed sentences if they answered the question correctly, and to hear/play back their responses. That’s a great summary for all three ways that some students learn best: seeing, saying and hearing!
Now for some fun! Here we show the interactive game that comes along with this app. As a student plays, they can earn balls. These balls can be used later on to have them shot through the canon and into the air! It’s fun to see the balls bounce off of trampolines and even crush the crates. There’s a velocity meter and a “fire” button that can make some balls fly farther than others out of the cannon that can be adjusted at different tilt angles. The kids that I saw playing it were really engaged and happy while playing this game. It was such a nice addition to find inside of learning app and a terrific motivator for the students to keep working on their prepositions!
Here is a screen shot of how I was able to customize the app options even while completing questions. This modify feature is nice to use when you realize that the student that you are working with is bothered by the audio or would benefit from the audio and prompts. Student’s can certainly change in their prompting needs during app play!
And this screen shot shows you how how easy it is to find the progress report area, the adjust the player level areas and the game. Smarty Ears Apps are sure easy to navigate! Even my students have no difficulty knowing how to advance from one task to the next.
Why don’t you check out this app over at the App store and download it today? We don’t think you will be disappointed! Prepositions are such a common goal area for parents, speech-language pathologists and teachers to work on with their children and students and it will come in handy on many teaching days!
Prep Positions is a fun and engaging app that can be used with a wide range of students due to it’s customization opportunities for increasing difficulty levels. I especially loved how it collects and records data for easy progress monitoring and how it targets such a wide range of prepositions that are hard to find at the worksheet level. I’ve seen my student’s preposition understanding grow in their ability to use them in their own speech and for knowing which ones to use to complete a written sentence. And the best part is that the cannon ball game is included, so that each student is super motivated the whole time through to work on their prepositions! It’s like bringing a whole therapy room full of games, worksheets and activities into one small place. In my busy world as a clinic specific speech-language pathologist, I appreciate this time and space saving aspect immensely.
So bring your cotton candy and acrobats to the Prep Position app show! The time spent enjoying and learning such an important part of speech will surely be worth the price of admission to the circus! 🙂
Manda & Shanda
Click on the Apple App Store button to find out more! Or head on over to Smarty Ears Apps to read about Prep Positions or their 60 other terrific apps!
Updated: Apr 11, 2015
Size: 320 MB
Seller: Smarty Ears, LLC
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