Tuesday, January 8, 2013

App Review & Giveaway: Mneemo!

When Danielle, a licensed SLP, contacted me about reviewing a customizable app that she and her husband developed, I was excited to check it out!  (I love apps that are customizable!)  She mentioned that she uses the app in her own preschool therapy sessions to reinforce thematic vocabulary and to target articulation skills!

Here's the description from the App Store:


Use your own images and play the traditional memory game with Mneemo! Unlike traditional memory apps that contain only a limited set of images and force you to buy more sets, Mneemo! lets you build your own sets with pictures of your family, friends, pets, or whatever you wish!

- Includes premade sets for numbers, letters, and shapes.- Pick your own images from your camera roll.- Rotate them and categorize them as you wish to create a category.
- Use anywhere from 4 to 12 images per game!


And this is Mneemo!  ($.99 in the App Store)



This is the Start up screen.  You can immediately tap "Play" to play with the preloaded vocabulary sets (Letters, Shapes, Numbers, Animals), or tap the Gear button to add your own images/sets....we'll get to that in a minute.  



When you select the Gallery (or vocabulary set) you want to use, you will then be prompted to select a difficulty level.  The options may be:  4 pairs, 6 pairs, 8 pairs, 10 pairs, 12 pairs.  This will be dependent on the number of pictures in your selected Gallery.  If you only have 4 pictures in a Gallery, it makes sense that you will only be able to play with 4 pairs!



 Back to the customizable part!  Tap the Gear button in the lower right corner...


Next, tap the "Plus" sign on the screen and you can access your camera roll (you will need to give Mneemo permission to access your photos).  Do you remember my post about using Google Images plus your iPad Camera Roll to create Goal-specific albums?  (If not, you can read it HERE).  If you read the post, you may remember that I already had photo albums on my iPad for certain goals (initial /k/, regular plurals, verb+ing, and thematic vocabulary).  Well, this makes adding images to Mneemo much easier!


Here, I opened up my "Initial K" album and tapped on each picture to add them to Mneemo.  Notice that they go into an "Uncategorized" File?


Tap on the image to edit it.  From here you can change the name of the Gallery.  You can also rotate the image or delete the image (X button).


Now you can see in My Images that I have added several Galleries:



When I'm ready to play the game, they will appear alongside the preloaded Galleries:


Tap the blue arrows to scroll between the Galleries.


When you are ready to play, again you will tap the Gallery you wish to use, and tap the difficulty level.  For this grid, I used my "Regular Plurals" Gallery and a Difficulty Level of 10 pairs:


The app plays just like a Memory game.  You will receive points for each match you find.  When you turn over two tiles that are not the same, the icons "wiggle" and there is a sound effect.  My son thought this was fun and giggled every time!  In fact, I think he missed a few matches on purpose to see this happen!



I have a ton of Matching Game apps.  They all come with preloaded theme-specific vocabulary.  I've seen a few other Memory-type games that claim to be customizable, but I haven't been able to customize them in the way I wanted.  This is the first truly customizable matching game I have tried and it's actually easy to customize!  I also tested it out on one of my toughest critics, my three-year old son!  He loved it and loved that he could choose the gallery of images that he could use!

Here are some ideas for Galleries:
  • Articulation sounds
  • Regular Plurals
  • Irregular Plurals
  • Verbs
  • Thematic Vocabulary
  • Student Pictures (use for identification of peer names)
  • Colors
  • Prepositions
And the list goes on! Want to win a copy of Mneemo?  Danielle was kind enough to offer three copies for me to give away!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below!


Disclaimer:  Although Danielle and her husband were kind enough to offer me a code of Mneemo to review and 3 more to give away, the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.


8 comments :

  1. I would probably create a 'th' gallery. I have quite a few students working on 'th' and they love the chance to get to use the iPad!

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  2. I would probably create a toy gallery or shapes and colors first for my younger kiddos.

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  3. I would create a gallery of descriptor words!

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  4. I would make a gallery of pictures for my clients to describe!

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  5. This would be great for artic and for a reinforcement activity!

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  6. Probably something for my little guys (3 and under) focusing on vocabulary!

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  7. I would create a gallery of s blend words.

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  8. Thanks for all the great responses! Off to pick a winner now!

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