Today we have a wonderful new app from Smarty Ears called Yes / No Barn: Answering “Yes” & “No” Questions. If you discover that you love this app as much as I do and need it on your therapy Ipads after reading my review, you can find it for $3.99 at iTunes. This is a very low price right now because Smarty Ears is offering a 30% off discount right now to help celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month up until May 20th, 2015!
Or, even better yet, read below on how you can enter for a chance to win a free copy from the makers of the app by entering our giveaway. Thank you, Smarty Ears!
I was thrilled to have the chance to review Yes/No Barn. Vocabulary expansion, producing and expanding complete sentences and the answering of questions are very common goals I have for many of my students. I discovered that this wonderful application from Smarty Ears targeted all the above. It was easy to find several students to try it out with the last couple of weeks. I quickly realized it was a fun and easy application to do and that I could collect immediate data on how well each student performed by the end of each individual trial.
In a nutshell, Yes/No Barn contains over 300 questions which target the answering of yes and no questions. It is possible to choose from six different levels. The levels can be chosen in the settings portion for each student that you are adding.
The choices are:
1. Basic Questions. In basic questions the student is shown a picture of a basic object and asked a question similar to: “Is this a cow?”
2. In the second category the student needs to look at a specific portion in a picture and is asked a question like: “Does he have a shirt on?”
3. The third set of questions target specific facts. An example for this one would be something like, “Do frogs have legs?”
4. The fourth question choice is more complex as it is a variable question. An example would be, “Is there a window in your room?” These questions need an active adult participant to be available since they need to respond to the student and tell them if their answer was correct or not.
5. The fifth set of questions are ones which have the students comparing two pictures. An example would be, “Are both of the students sitting?”
6. In the last set of questions, the students are asked a question about a scene. One of the scene pictures that I saw illustrated several things happening at a beach.
I was very happy to find out that the application had two other languages; Portuguese and Spanish, because it was wonderful to get to try out the app with a Spanish speaking student on my caseload as well! Other wonderful features of this application that I discovered was the ability to either work with one student and/or more than one at a time. Also each student is able to be customized for their own ability levels and/or language target levels. The images all throughout the application were very good and easily understood. The ability to collect data at the end of each session and also to see how a student is doing over time are excellent features as well.
Each student I tried the application with appeared to be immediately engaged and the time spent attempting the questions were valuable. It was helpful to give each parent immediate feedback on how their child did in the session when addressing the goal of answering “yes” and “no” questions. The results were easy to provide by the immediate report card that is given at the end of the trial period. Also if the share button is pressed on the application the therapist has the choice to print, email or send to the therapy report center.
I want to thank Smarty Ears for providing me with a copy of Yes/ No Barn. Although I was given a free copy of the application, the views reported on this review are my own. I am happy to endorse this application and I recommend it to any therapist wanting another innovative and intriguing way to address the common goal of yes/no questions. If you would like a chance to win a free copy of this application, Smarty Ears has generously provided one free copy to be given away to one of the readers of this review today. Please comment below with your name and email address for a chance to win! We will choose a winner via random number generator by the end of the week. Good luck to you!
We are happy to report that the winner of the app has been chosen! We picked the number 15 from True Random Number Generator and found out that the winner was Carrie. Congrats Carrie we will be emailing you soon with the code for your free app!!