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Everyday Objects | ColorCards

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The store rooms of those teachers who help to develop speech and language skills have always been discernible by the arrays of objects and flash cards to act as a starting point for discussion.  This app compresses these talking prompts into the slim size of an iPad. 

Teacher Review

There are many ways of scrolling through photographs and pictures on an iPad so this smartly designed app offers features and qualities that lift it above the make-do methods you may already be using.  Firstly, amassing a collection of photographs, clear in their purpose and pleasant to look at on an iPad screen, is not the easiest thing to do.  The photographs in this app justify the claims of the developer that they have been tried and tested, with both adults and children, to provide a clear, stimulating and varied focus for speech and language therapy and development.  They manage this as well as being aesthetically pleasing too.  You can also use your own photographs for when you have a specific talking point not otherwise covered by the app.
 
This is an app most at home when used by an educator employing it as a prompt for developing a targeted skill or ability of a student.   There are two modes of use.  The general mode goes through a group of the pictures, selected by the educator, to support reaching the learning outcome.  The other mode is to be used the same way but reveals the pictures in small parts at a time by peeling back the covers and in doing so provides a different type of talking prompt.
 
As well as being able to track whether a student met their learning objective, with or without help, the discussion can be recorded within the app to review later.  Recognising the heavy administrative and record keeping pressures that teachers are usually placed under, this app offers a welcome facility to ease this load.  Students’ activity with the app is monitored, including when and for how long an activity was undertaken, accuracy, difficulty level and further notes.  These can all be emailed in PDF form to any chosen email address.  Alongside this data the recordings can also be found for reviewing and preserving progress.
 
The number of facilities, high quality images and slick presentation do come with a large memory footprint that is, to be fair, unavoidable.  Teachers will need to be aware of this if they like to keep a plethora of apps on their device especially as its size will only grow as the sound recording features are used.  
Between cards a very well rendered animation is played and these intersperse the pictures well. Unfortunately, while they can be switched off completely, both educators and students may find themselves wishing they could be skipped with a tap, when they are on, as they will be used to in other apps featuring cut scenes.  While the app is easy to use, the large amount of settings, as well as its student tracking features, may require some explanation and the app incudes a detailed and clearly written user guide built into it.
 
With so many apps focussing on students learning by themselves it is great to see an app that includes a teacher in the process.   For those teachers whose lessons often revolve around flashcards they will find this an app that supports and includes their input into the development of their student’s skills.

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From the Developer

Everyday Objects has 48 images, tried and tested with children and adults who have speech and language difficulties. Personalize by creating and adding your own photos. The engaging images make up a basic noun vocabulary for use with language activities. The items are well-known to all ages and abilities and are a valuable resource for individual and group work, for attention and concentration, vocabulary building, developing comprehension, encouraging expressive language, improving communication skills and grouping, and classification.
 
Everyday Objects is designed to support speech-language pathologists, speech-and-language therapists, educators and home-based learning. Choose from 48 high-quality images showing a range of everyday objects including food, toys, household objects, personal items, furniture and electrical items and clothes. 
 
Plus, add your own images to personalize the app either for pre-teaching the curriculum or targeting your students’ individual needs. 
 
Use the reporting to track and measure your student’s progress. Share feedback at the school or with parents. 
 
Record your students, play back, or download audio files to monitor progress.
 
Choose from 2 games
  • Describing - View the images one by one, and target naming or narrative skills. The student is encouraged to describe what is happening with each image. Playback the audio recording to work on self-monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Reveal – The image is covered with only a small area visible. Flip through each page revealing more of the image as you go. A fun way to work on object recognition and description skills. With each turn of the page, more of the image is revealed, promoting guessing and discussion about the hidden picture.
Features
  • 48 tried-and-tested images
  • Create and add your own photos to personalize
  • Comprehensive reporting tool to monitor progress over time
  • Download reports and share
  • Use one-on-one, with small groups or in the classroom
  • Practical auditory support
  • Use the built-in microphone to record audio, play back and download
  • Cool ColorCards animations make this app rewarding and motivating for all learners
  • Visual and auditory feedback helps support learning
  • Progress wheel to help with monitoring
About ColorCards apps
Speechmark’s ColorCards apps are engaging and effective professional tools designed to help develop speech, language, and social skills. Our resources have been successfully supporting speech and language therapists and educators for over 30 years. ColorCards Apps– Get everybody talking!
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