Assistive technology in the classroom is very beneficial and can help engage students while learning. In SLF classes, apps are a great way for fun learning. There are so many apps out there that sometimes it becomes overwhelming on which ones to use in therapy sessions. While these apps entertain the students, teachers need to make sure that there is still student-teacher interaction. Apps are “assistive technology” and do not take the place of the teacher!
Articulation is one of the main topics that are worked on in therapy sessions. While notecards with sounds and words written on then are beneficial, they can get boring and the student can get distracted.
You want the student to be excited to come to therapy, excited to learn! Times are changing and so is technology! How do you expect to engage a student with cards of cats and apples when all they do when they leave the school is look at a screen. Weather it’s a TV screen, iPad screen, iPhone screen, or some gaming system screen, Therefore, why not teach with an iPad? There are so many great apps that are wonderful to use in articulation therapy sessions!
Flashcards and matching game. Ability to record the student and collect data and progress. Audio of each word and sentence available. The app is available to iPod and iPad and is $29.99; however, a free light version is available
Tic-Tac-Toe game with pictures of words that have the /R/ sound. Available for multiple sounds. Great to use as a game. Allow the students to take turns and in order to pick a space, they have to pronounce the word that goes with the picture of that space. App is $4.99 for the iPod and iPad.
3. Smart oral motor
A duck performs various oral motor movements for students to imitate. This will entertain them for hours! They love to watch a duck rather than a person and find it funny. The app is $4.99 and $9.99 for all movements. Available for the iPod and iPad.
While there are so many more great apps, these are some of mu personal favorites. Apps are a great way to engage students. Student-teacher interaction is essential an no app or assistive technology device should replace that; it should just enhance it!
Until next time…