I want to start this review by saying that I was recently asked to be a part of the Smarty Ears Advisory Board. This position is purely voluntary. I am in no way compensated by Smarty Ears, other than being able to see apps before they are posted. The Advisory Board helps with suggestions of apps before they are released. We are kind of like a testing crew. I have not yet participated in giving suggestions on apps before they were released. This app was finished up right when I was asked to serve on the board. I can say that I am really excited to be a part of this great team of people!
Now, onto the app! Please note, the opinions expressed in this review are all mine, and I was not compensated for this review.
This app was designed as a multi-player, multi-level activity designed to improve sentence structure skills.
You start out by selecting your players (you can select up to 5 players at a time). You can import players information from Therapy Report Center, or you can just input the information by selecting Add Player.
After you select your player (or players) you can change the settings. This is where you can decide if you want to allow hints and if you want the cues color coded or left blank. The hints are an awesome way to increase independence with this app. The hint will place one of the words in the sentence for the student. The color coding is also an awesome way to increase independence. More on both of these later...
If you choose Modify Exercises, you can also modify which stimulus pictures are used in each level.
After you have made all of your selections, you press start, and can then modify the level on which your student is working.
There are 39 progressive levels ranging from phrases to complex sentences. There are six groups of phrase/sentence types:
- Question Format
- Advanced Sentences
- Complex Sentences
The activity begins by showing a real photograph with words scattered around. If you chose to color code, the background of each word will be a different color. Students must drag the words down to the lines at the bottom of the page to create a phrase or sentence. The colored lines match up with the colors behind the words. This is a great visual strategy for my students!
After the phrase or sentence is completed, there is an opportunity for the student to record their creation.
Obviously, this is a very visual app! I love this app for my students with ASD. If you look at the top of the page, you will see a ninja with ten stone steps. As your student progresses through the activity, the ninja will move down the steps, indicating progress. There are 10 items presented at each level (there are more than that available in each level).
When your student is done, simply press the done button at the top of the screen. Depending on their accuracy with the level, they may get a reward at the end!
At this point, you can choose to try a few more at the same level, go to the next level, or press the done button to go to the results page.
I don't have a picture of how to choose your student on the report center. Since I have been trying this app out with students, there are a lot of their names and pictures on my page now, and I don't want to delete their data to get a picture. I have been using this app a lot!!!!
I do have pictures of the rest of the results page though. Once you select your student, you have the options of choosing either their progress report, adjusting their level, or looking at their player reward hall.
You can look at data by date or by levels.
Adjusting the level is the same page that you saw at the beginning of your student selection.
Students earn belts in the Belt Dojo area by completing a group level (e.g., group 1: phrases). There are six group levels in this app, so there are six different colored belts to earn.
Another great feature in the Report Center is a Homework button! There is great homework available for groups 1-5. Most of the levels are combined on the homework pages to include 2-8 levels on a page because of similarities in their tasks.
I wish you could have seen the face of one of my students when he used this app! He was so excited!!! I know that this is going to become one of my go to apps for sentence construction and expansion.
Want to learn more about this app? You can see the Sentence Ninja app information at smartyearsapps.com
This app is currently available for $14.99.
You can also win a copy here! Smarty Ears was generous enough to offer one free copy of this app for a giveaway to my readers! Just enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of this great app!
This giveaway ends when the clock turns midnight on Wednesday, October 16.