Wednesday, May 15, 2013

App Review & Giveaway: Articulate It!

Hello, Friends!  Today I'm going to be sharing another great app from Smarty Ears -- Articulate It! This app was created by a certified SLP and, as you can probably guess by the name, is designed to target articulation (and phonology) skills. :)


With most of Smarty Ears's apps, you can jump right in to "Quick Play" mode, or Add/Select Players to enable data collection features.  In either mode, you can select your target by a variety of methods...


You can select the target phoneme and then word position...



You can select a specific phonological process:


You can select targets by Manner of Articulation:


And finally, you can chose targets by the number of syllables:


Once you have selected your targets, you can view and modify the word list by removing words that may not be appropriate for your student.


Articulate It! Uses photographs of real objects/people in a notebook style layout.  If your student needs a model of the target, simply tap the picture!  Notice the tabs beneath the picture?  You can easily toggle between targeting words, phrases, and sentences:

Words:  Fast

Phrases:  The fast runner

Sentences:  Jimmy ran fast.
You can add notes to your sessions by tapping the "Note" circle from the menu...


You also have the option of modifying the settings directly from the home screen, or anytime during game play by tapping the "Settings" icon from the menu.  This is a nice feature because, with many apps, you need to terminate a session to change any of the settings.


Some other settings of note...you can easily record a child's production of a target sound by tapping the "record" button."  Also,  you can rotate the image on the screen.  This is a GREAT feature when working with groups!  You can leave your iPad in the center of the table and just tap the "rotate" button so that the image faces the correct student!  Notice how the icons to mark correct/incorrect responses remains stationary while just the target image and words rotate?


Once you are finished, you can tap the "home" button (you will be prompted to select whether or not you truly intended to terminate the session).  Your data will automatically be tallied and stored.  You can view not only data from your current session, but from previous sessions as well:


You can access your notes by tapping the orange "notes" button on the right and see which words were used during the session by tapping the purple "words" button.


You can also access recording by tapping the blue "recordings" button.  This is great for comparing a child's production after a few sessions!


And there you have Articulate It!

What I like the most:

  • The variety!  You can quite easily target both articulation (single sound target) and phonology (phonological process target) in the same group/session!  Also, you have the ability to choose targets by the number of syllables.  I have so many kids this year who are working on sound sequencing within multi-syllable words and this is a great feature for me!
  • The ability to work at the word level, phrase level, and sentence level within one app and without changing the settings is AMAZING!  (I've seen other apps where you can target word/sentence level, but you need to make that decision when you are initially setting up your session.)
  • Utilizing real life photographs is always a plus in my opinion!  
  • The sheer quantity of stimulus items...individual sounds, manner of articulation, phonological processes, number of syllables in a word.  Plus you have the ability to increase the complexity by easily switching from word to phrase to sentence level.  If you're an SLP who travels, you will definitely want to add this app to your arsenal! 
  • The data collection feature is great!  I absolutely love that Articulate It! saves your recordings!  This is extremely helpful if you want to monitor progress after a few sessions working on a sound/process.
  • I love that you can rotate the image to face the student rather than turning the whole iPad.  When you work with little kids, you want to minimize moving the iPad as much as possible!!!
  • Compatibility with Therapy Report Center (TRC).  This is a great FREE app by Smarty Ears that allows you to keep all of your data (from Smarty Ears apps) in one convenient location!  

The Bottom Line:
I usually include some changes I would like to see in an update, but I can't really think of any for this app.  It is great for drill work (there isn't a game component), which is a necessary part of articulation/phonological treatment.  This app allows you to work on so many different targets and to easily switch between complexity levels.  Articulate It! is definitely a must for SLPs, especially those who travel!

Do you use this app?  What do you think of Articulate It?


Disclaimer:  Smarty Ears provided a copy of Articulate It! for the purpose of this app review and giveaway.  However, the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.  Articulate It! sells for $38.99 in iTunes.

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62 comments :

  1. My favorite thing to use for articulation is the super duper articulation cards! They're really useful, because I can incorporate them into soo many different activities. However, there are only so many...they get individually used up FAST. This app sounds GREAT!

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    1. Those are great and very handy! They do get used quickly if you're playing a game. I like that you can use this app like cars while playing a reinforcing game as well :)

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  2. I use Articulation Station frequently.
    --Cassandra

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  3. Favorite app currently is Artc Station, simply because its the only one I have!

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  4. Right now my favorite is Articulation Station Pro.

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    1. That seems to be the most used app right now!

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  5. right now it is Artic Station because it is my newest one.

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  6. My students love Milo articulation game.

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    1. Mine too! Now I just need to upgrade to get ALL of the sounds!

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  7. So far, I have only demo artic apps for my new iPad, but Articulation Station looks good. I use Pocket Artic on a Kindle and it's ok.

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    1. I don't have Pocket Artic. I do like Articulation Station though!

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  8. I use a lot of Go Fish with TpT cards....also love the make your own story apps where the kids have to use pictures or stickers with their target sound

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  9. I use Articulation Station right now, which is pretty great as far as data keeping, but the kids would sure be motivated by something new!!!

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    1. That's what I found too! I like to rotate between the articulation apps to keep motivation going and for the data collection

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  10. I don't have a favorite...aka I don't have one yet :)

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    1. Maybe we can change that Amy! Good luck :)

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  11. I haven't found any good apps that I like yet. I use the Super Duper artic cards all the time, but my kiddos love when I use the iPad so I'm sure they would love this app!

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    1. My kids always love anything on the iPad...even when I just save images to the camera roll and use that for flashcards!

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  12. I have been liking Pocket Artic because they are real pictures

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  13. I don't have any apps for articulation, but the sound card decks are my tried and true activity.

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    1. P.S. I entered my info in the Rafflecopter under the name Valerie

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    2. Definitely a favorite! PS. Thanks for letting me know which name you used! :)

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  14. I currently need apps for articulation. Hoping to win so that I can say this one is my favorite

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  15. Mine is artic pix and Milo. However I have not downloaded all the sounds with Milo yet.

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    1. I'm still working on downloading the Milo sound packs as well! I just bought /l/ today

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  16. I don't have an app that I use for articulation right now but what I do use is picture scenes and a lot of tpt products. My students love playing the various games from tpt!

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    1. Mine too! Games always get a good response!

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  17. I have ArticPix that I use now. I would love something else!

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    1. I loved ArticPix...until I tried some of the other artic apps :)

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  18. I am still new with this! I like to use a recording app that students can use when we do 'centers' in my 30 minute sessions b/c they practice their sounds and can hear themselves too!

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    1. Recording is always great and this app has it included!

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  19. I use Pocket Artic with my older kiddos and my younger kiddos like Speech with Milo Boardgame.

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    1. I love the Milo boardgame! I don't have Pocket Artic though (just the screener)

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  20. I'm waiting for my new iPad budget! Looking at Articulation Station Pro.

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    1. That's definitely a good one! I love that you have the option of doing "flashcards" or a memory game, and you can use it in a group. Articulation Station Pro also has words/phrases/sentences, which is awesome! (you can't change between them easily with that one though, you have to select the complexity level at the start)

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  21. My kiddos love practicing their sounds while they cover up the pictures with magnetic chipper chat chips!

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    1. We did Artic Chipper Chat today! Always a favorite!

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  22. I don't have any apps yet to target artic, but i love using Chipper Chat and Bingo!

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  23. I love playing Cariboo with the cards from Mommy Speech Therapy!

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  24. Anything that gets a ton of productions!!

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  25. I have ArticPix on my iPad, but don't use it too much. I still prefer to use my personally made materials, and lately materials from TPT that can target multiple phonemes where the kids can all use the same game board, but have their own targets. It makes therapy go so much smoother for me.

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  26. I use Articulation Station also but the variety on this app sounds so amazing! It has so many features I've been wishing Articulation Station had, thanks for the review!

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  27. I use ArtikPic..>Not sure of spelling, don't have my IPad at home tonight. It is really all i have for Apps for Artic...I am looking for something better and more variety. This program sounds great.

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  28. I make a lot of activities, cards and games using Boardmaker so I can really tailor the targets to the students' specific needs. Using Boardmaker I can have the written word, a simple transcription broken down into syllables, and an image. Attach clothespins to make "bowling pins," paper clips to turn them into fish, create books and activities. Am just starting to explore iPads and apps to add to my bag(s) of tricks. Articulate It looks like it would be a useful app.

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  29. I've been using Artic Pix and Articulation Scenes but would love another app to mix it up a bit.

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  30. I love Pocket Artic, if for no other reason than the breakdown of the /r/ sounds!

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  31. I hope I win this. I have the Artic Scenes app and I love it!

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  32. I use TPT materials, Chipper Chat, etc.

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  33. Pocket Artic is great for my 5 minute Artic!

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