The main page shows Moca and Dakota, the cute speech dogs who are the motivators of this application, next to a dog house. Three additional options are shown on colored dog bones as well - Pick a Student, Go!, and Info.
Pressing the "Info" dog bone will bring you to information about the application, its designer, how to use the application, the populations the application is intended for, the difference between the Lite and Full versions, the developer's e-mail, Speech Pups LLC's website, and a video tutorial. To e-mail the developer of the application on your iPad, you must have your e-mail set up in the Mail application. To view the video tutorial, you must have internet access to view the YouTube video. You can see a tutorial of the Lite version of the application below or head to Speech Pups LLC's website to view more tutorials and the app being used with actual children!
Pick a Student
Add New Student
Prior to application play, make sure that you select the student(s) who is/are going to play the application. The "Pick a Student" menu is also where all of the application's settings are. To add a new student to this page, press the "Add Student" button. Press in the blank white rectangles to enter the student's name, age, and grade via the keyboard. You can also add an image of a student from the camera roll by pressing "Tap for Image" if you would like. Press "Done" and the new student will appear on the screen. To edit or delete a student later on, press the "Edit" button after highlighting a student's name.
Highlight a student to set his or her personal settings when using the application. You can personalize the following settings:
- Select Level - Select one of four levels by pressing on the button to choose from the drop down menu; Level 1: 3 picture choices; Level 2: 4 picture choices; Level 3: 5 picture choices; Level 4: child must answer verbally/via sign/via AAC (no picture choices)
- Visual Prompting - turn on/off via a toggle switch; if on and a student chooses an incorrect answer, they will receive visual feedback of the incorrect answer disappearing
- Auditory Feedback - turn on/off via a toggle switch; if on and a student chooses an incorrect answer, the student will be given auditory feedback
- Reinforcement Type - Select one of the options for reinforcement in the dropdown menu; auditory: the student will only hear positive feedback when he or she answers correctly; visual: the student will receive visual reinforcement of one or both of the speech pups appearing; both: the student will receive both visual and auditory reinforcement; none: the student will not receive reinforcement from the application
- Reinforcement Schedule - You can choose between intermittent or continuous reinforcement by pressing this button
- Question Category - there are seven different choices of question categories to choose from in this drop-down menu: all categories, school, home, food & drinks, community, leisure/recreational, and health; you can check more than one option
- Question Type - there are five choices of question types for a student to work on within the application: all types, who, what, where, and when questions; you can check more than one option
- Spoken Voice - turn on/off via a toggle switch; if on, pre-recorded questions will be read aloud
- Visual for Trials - turn on/off via a toggle switch; if on, dog bones will appear at the top of the screen to show how many questions the student has left to answer before the session is completed
- Number of Trials - Choose between 5 and 10 by pressing a button to highlight the number.
You can create categories of questions specific to a given student in the "Pick a Student" menu. Select the student of whom you would like to create the personalized questions for. The application states that this is a great feature to go along with a curriculum or story. You can also use this if you are working on questions specific to a child's vocabulary, everyday activities/environment, people whom he or she interacts with on a daily basis, and more.
First, press the "Create New Category" button. Then, select the level in which the student will be working on these questions. Next, select a pre-created category or create a new category by pressing the "+" button. Select the associated question type in the drop-down menu. After that, select reinforcement and feedback audio/images to go play when the student gets the answer correct or incorrect.
Type the question in the "Question" white box by pressing on the empty space and using the keyboard. Then, select images for the answers to the question. You can take pictures with the camera on the iPad, use photos from the camera roll, or use pre-programmed images within the application itself. The number of images associated with the question is determined by which level you chose at the top of the page. Make sure that you tap on the bone beneath the correct answer and it will turn green when selected. Finally, record audio to go with the question to be read aloud. Once all of this is complete, press the "Save" button and you can save the question to one or more profiles.
If you would like to modify a pre-programmed question, press the "Modify Programmed Answer Choices" button on a student's profile. You can do this if a student has not learned the vocabulary, does not understand a concept, or does not recognize an image associated with a question. Scroll through the menu and highlight the question you wish to modify. You can search by level and then press "Modify". Then, tap the pictures you want to modify. You can change the photo by using images from your camera, photos library, or pre-programmed images. You can also decide to change the correct answer associated with the question. Press "Save" once you have modified the question and images to your liking.
Press the "Data Collection" button to view a chart of data taken from application play. The most recent session will be shown at the top and the rest will follow in order. Other data shown on this chart includes the level of application play, question category, whether visual prompts were on or off, and the percentage of questions correctly answered for each of who, what, when, and where. You can delete student data by swiping to the left over the date you wish to erase and then pressing the red "Delete" button. If you wish to e-mail or print data, press the "Share" button. You can choose to e-mail/print the entire chart or select the sessions to e-mail/print. If you choose to e-mail scores, make sure that your Mail application is set up on your iPad. If you wish to print the data, make sure that your iPad is set up to do that with the printer you wish to use.
Before you play the application, make sure to choose up to four students from the "Pick a Student" page and make sure your settings are appropriate for the student(s). If you choose to play this application in a group, you must first turn on the toggle switch underneath the "Group" text. Then, select the students to play the application. Otherwise, highlight the one student to play. Then, press the "Go" button. Otherwise, if you would like to play the application with the general settings, press the "Go!" button on the Main Page. The student's names and pictures will appear at the bottom of the page. You must choose who goes first. Then, the first WH question will appear on the screen. Between each question, you must choose which student will answer the question by pressing on his or her name.
The number of images that will appear as answer choices will depend on the settings (0, 3, 4, or 5). The type of questions asked will also depend on the settings (who, what, where, and when). If you have chosen the "Spoken Voice" setting to be on, the question will be read aloud. Then, the student can select what he or she thinks is the correct answer by pressing on the appropriate image or stating it aloud. Depending on the correct or incorrect answer chosen, the type of reinforcement shown will depend on your settings (audio, visual (speech pups or incorrect answer disappearing), both, or neither). Click the "Next" dog bone button to go to the next question and another dog bone will be filled in at the top of the screen to show progress towards completion of the session.
Once you have completed all of the questions, a big dog bone that states "You're Finished" will appear. Press the "Home" button and you can choose to go to the "Data Collection" chart or back to the main page.
What I Like About This Application:
- The customizability of the application for each individual student is great due to the fact that it can be used with different students at different levels of mastery of WH questions.
- The fact that you can choose the amount of images shown on the screen at a time or have the student answer in another manner helps speech-language pathologists determine the appropriate means for response and level of mastery.
- Data collection within the application is helpful for viewing progress, e-mailing results, and not having to record the information in a separate place.
- Being able to use this application with a group of up to four students is perfect for group therapy.
- The entire application's theme is wonderful from the images of the dogs themselves to the multicolored bones. It is not too distracting and the application looks very clean.
- I would love to have the ability to have more trials for WH questions.
- It would be great to have the option of the students taking turns in order or tapping on the student to answer the question.
- One other idea I had was to put text at the bottom of the images for readers. I don't know if this would be too distracting or not. This way, there may be the ability for why questions in the future as well!
- Another idea is to be able to choose specific questions from the list to work on with a student.
- Articulation/Voice/Fluency - Have the spoken voice option turned off so that the student is required to read the sentence aloud using his or her best speech sounds, fluency strategies, or vocal strategies
- Expressive Language - Practice having students ask each other questions. Another idea is to have a student think of a question to ask another student and work on correct word order. Then, use the "Customize Questions" option to type the question in correct word order and have the student take pictures for the answers. Finally, have the student ask the question aloud to see if a peer or the therapist can answer the question. An additional idea is to have a student write a sentence about the answer to the question or a story about the answer to the question
- Receptive Language - Choose a category of questions to be asked such as community, food & drinks, health, home, leisure/recreational, or school depending on the vocabulary in which the student needs to work on. The ability to answer WH questions works on receptive language skills in itself. If a student needs to work on questions in a category that is not pre-programmed on the application, use the "Customize Questions" option to create a new category and questions within it for the individual.
- Emotions - Create a category using the "Customize Questions" option, creating an "Emotions" "Question Category", and use "Who" as the "Question Type". Find images of different emotions for the answers to questions and type in questions such as "who is sad?", "who is excited?", or "who is frustrated?". Create as many questions as you feel appropriate and use the questions with a student who is working on this category.
- Life Skills - If a student is working on specific life skills (such as hygiene), choose the related category of questions to work on (in this case "Home" or "Health").
- Memory - With children who have memory difficulties, you can work on these skills within a category or create your own category with questions about daily activities or people in which the child needs to remember.
Questions2Learn is available for the iPad for $9.99 (at the time of this review, it is on sale for $5.99 as a back to school special)! You can try out Questions2Learn by using the Lite version of the application for free!
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