Fun & Functional App Review and Giveaway!

Smarty Ears Apps contacted me to review their recently updated app Fun & Functional and gave me a code to use for a GIVEAWAY!

Fun and Functional is an app that targets categorization and descriptive language skills through the use of pictures and audio.  This app was recently updated to work with Smarty Ears Therapy Report Center- an app that helps you to collect data on all of your Smarty Ears apps.

 
When you first open this app, you can click the Support button to watch a video tutorial.  This is helpful, but not necessary, as it is a pretty easy to use app.

Next, you will click the Settings button.  This is where you will customize the game for your student.  This app could be used for multiple students if you take turns, however, you will not be able to collect data for each individual student.  The app only collects data for the one session you are working on. 

In the Settings menu, you may select from 10 different categories.  You can use just one or all of them.  Then, you select the level that you want to work at.  Your choices are Receptive, Expressive, or Alternating Receptive-Expressive.

When you select Receptive, you have a choice of less similar choices, more similar choices, or both.  For example, if the app asks, "What do we wear to go swimming?", a less similar choice set would be a bathing suit and a bike, while a more similar choice would be a bathing suit and a raincoat.  When working on the Receptive part of the app, you also pick how many choices there will be presented on the page.  You can pick two, three, or four choices that will be presented on the page.



There is also an Expressive component to this app. 
 
 
The app pauses on this page, and allows you to ask questions of the student.  It also allows you to record data by clicking Missed It, Almost, or Got It!  This is a great place to have the student describe the item or to ask additional questions.  The app does not move on until you click the Next button.
 
When you are done with the game, you click the Done button.  This takes you to a Results pop up.  If you have the Therapy Report Center, you are able to export this data to that app and apply it to any student who you are collecting data on.  If you do not have Therapy Report Center, you do have an email option so that you may print out the data for your records or to share with parents.
 


What do I think?

What I like:  I like that you are able to customize the number of choices for students as well as the number and types of categories that you are presenting.  I also like the option of presenting similar or less similar choices in the receptive area.  The thing that I like most about this app is that it pauses on the expressive part even after you have recorded your data, so that you may ask additional questions and describe the items.

What could make it better: I wish that you could collect data for more than one student like you can on other Smarty Ears apps.  I also wish that the app itself would save the data, but if you have Smarty Ears Therapy Report Center, then you are able to save the data.

Overall: I would recommend Fun & Functional which is currently listed for $9.99.  Or, you can go below and win it in my GIVEAWAY!!!!

** I was provided with a copy of this app by Smarty Ears in order to complete this review.  I was not compensated in any other way for the review.  Thank you Smarty Ears for giving me this opportunity!





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15 comments:

  1. I love simple, picture sorting activities. But, I've been trying to get into using my iPad more for this! This would be a great app to try do this :)

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    1. It is a great app, especially for function of items in categories.

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  2. Recently I have been using cookie cutters to separate into categories. I bought 101 of them on clearance and I have a bunch to sort whether they are animals, shapes, numbers, letters and so forth. My students enjoy it.

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  3. I like using pictures from a game called "Secret Square." They are common everyday items and my lower functioning students can relate easily to the pictured items. They can easily be grouped into common categories.

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    1. I have that game too, and for some reason, always forget about it! Going to have to pull it out next week!

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  4. My favorite categorization activities are any fun activity on the Ipad and I like having the kids put pictures or objects into the corresponding "house" or place...i.e.: putting househould objects into a house and farm animals into a farm, etc.
    -Kandice J.

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  5. I like to start with objects and sorting onto paper plates (one for each group). --Cassandra

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  6. I really enjoy (as do my students) the sort it out categorization app. They enjoy the fun star at the end that appears to say they did it! I also enjoy using barrels of monkeys to sort into colors and play food to sort into food categories. Anything hands on that promotes expressive and receptive language as well as creating a category is great!

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  7. Category Cards from Linguisystems

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  8. I usually use my iPad apps but I have also used my cookie cutters just like Carly.

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  9. I have an magnetic early classification board that I like to start with.

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  10. I use picture sorting and iPad apps. I also have a magnetic game from Super Duper, but I can't think of the name right now.

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  11. Congratulations to Cassandra Stafford- you are the winner of Fun & Functional! Thank you to everyone who participated, and for all of the great ideas to use for categorization!
    Jen

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